UK U23 record holder Steven Lewis got off to easily his best ever season opener of 5.60 for second in Moscow on January 11, showing set to move up a notch on last year and challenge Nick Buckfield's senior record of 5.81m later in the season.
20-year-old Luke Cutts bolsters up season's prospects as he rose to his best ever season starter by far, clearing 5.40m in Manchester a week earlier. After a couple of wishy-washy seasons, the promising vaulter looks as though back on track to establish himself on the senior stage.
Kate Dennison hasn't shown as sharp, at least for the moment, with only 3.95m in Cardiff where she was bettered by Louise Butterworth's 4.06m.
Andy Turner looks to have blown off his last term problems and determined to prove his lottery funding omission wrong with a very lively start to the term, setting a solid 7.68 secs over 60m hurdles at Uxbridge last weekend coupled with a 6.86 secs over the flat distance. The latter was a mere 0.02 secs short of his lifetime best!
Further in the men's hurdles, Commonwealth 110mh silver medallist Chris Baillie has displayed a return to form with a promising 7.81 secs in Cardiff, pipping William Sharman to the win by a mere hundredth of a second! Callum Priestley, moving into the U23 scene this season, got off to a fabulous start in edging inside 8 secs for the first time ever at Lee Valley on 4 January to add to the good news.
Rion Pierre and James Dasaolu, born in 1987, have both got off to flying starts with identical PBs of 6.72 secs over 60m, closely followed by Harry Aikines-Ayreety at 6.75, to announce that they are going to be factors on the sprinting scene this season. World Indoor long jump silver medallist Chris Tomlinson also showed encouraging signs with 6.84 secs.
European U23 200m champion Hayley Jones has marked an impressive return to action with an equal PB of 7.52 secs over 60m at Loughborough to show that she means business as usual again, 400mh UK champion Perri Shakes-Drayton startling with massive bests of 7.54 (mixed race) and 7.58 secs. Also notable is Kim Wall's 7.56 secs, not far off her PB (7.52)!
Rejuvenated Dale Garland and Mark Brown have set the early pace over 400m with 47.90 and 47.95 secs respectively at the Lee Valley as well, where 17-year-old Savannah Echell Thompson leads the women with a solid early season 56.77 secs.
Steve Davies beat Richard Hill in comprehensive manner over 1500m in Cardiff, setting 3.47.17, whilst there was the welcome news of Andie Osagie's return to action after a whole year on the sidelines. The Harlow AC athlete finished second to Ed Aston over 800m at the Lee Valley last weekend in 1.52.64...