Josh Kerr came home to the track venue in Scotland he knows best – as his athletics journey turned ‘full circle’.
The Men’s 1500m World Champion brought gold back to his only club to a very special welcome on a night when, for the second time in 12 months, Meadowbank again became ‘Medalbank’.
Josh spent hours signing autographs, posing for photos and answering questions from Edinburgh AC athletes young and old with support from his sponsors, Brooks Running.
Earlier in the day he had returned to his own school in Edinburgh, too.
It was an inspirational evening for all involved at Meadowbank with Jake Wightman having set the template a year ago when he brought back his World Champs 2022 gold from the same Men’s 1500m event.
‘It is lovely to be back here at Meadowbank and see the way the new facility has developed,’ said Josh, who was joined on the evening by his parents, John and Jill.
‘To know that Edinburgh AC has a new home is great after a long four and half years away. That’s been hard for everyone at the club.
‘So I am delighted for everyone and delighted to bring along a gold medal to show to athletes of all ages and stages.
‘It’s all about trying to inspire and bridge that gap between club athletics and competing on a World Champs stage.
‘But it is equally important that people are enjoying their sport and getting the most out of it.
Josh spoke in his first interview after his Budapest victory about there being 16 years in the sport behind his success. He was asked about how our elite athletes are developed along the way.
‘The pathway in Scotland was so good for my own journey,’ he replied.
‘I came in at eight years of age and started making teams at about U15.
‘But it was never a smooth ride, there are always ups and downs along the way. Bodies develop in different ways when you are all kids and young teenagers.
‘Having support from Edinburgh AC and from Scottish Athletics – with volunteers taking you on buses to the likes of the London Mini Marathon – that’s why and how I stayed in the sport.
‘And that is key part of it all at that stage. Staying in when things get tough is the hard part. I cannot thank EAC and Scottish Athletics enough…