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Eilidh Child

29 April 2015

A picture postcard from the Caribbean usually portrays clear blue skies with the sun beating down on the beach.

This was not the scene when Eilidh Child, Kelly Massey and Seren Bundy-Davies arrived in the Bahamas for the 2015 World Relays earlier this week. Instead rain and thunderstorms greeted the Great Britain & Northern Ireland 4x400m squad members.

The trio flew out to Nassau early to acclimatise to the conditions and time zone difference. On Thursday evening they will be reunited with the rest of the GB & NI squad, who have been on a British Athletics warm weather training camp in Orlando, USA.

“It’s warm so we can’t complain too much about that,” admits Child.

“The weather was lovely when we arrived on Tuesday but it’s been quite wet since. Although we can’t complain too much we are here to run and not to have a holiday.”

“Everything hasn’t kicked off yet but I know I will get more excited when everyone starts to arrive,” reveals Massey.

With qualification places at Rio 2016 at stake, Child, the 2014 European 400m hurdles gold medallist, is aiming to seal the deal this weekend.

“It’s lovely to be back (at the World Relays). It seems better this time around because last year it was brand new to all of us and none of us really knew what to expect. This year we know but the competition is a bit earlier than last year so everybody is kind of in different parts of training. It will be great to get out there racing and kick start the season.

“It would be great after this weekend to know we have got a place and that we don’t have to worry about it. It ticks the box for us. It means we can relax, focus on training and getting into shape. We want that spot then we know we don’t have to worry about anything.”

Margaret Adeoye, Shana Cox, and Anyika Onuora make up the rest of women’s 4x400m team and Massey, the 2014 Sainsbury’s British 400m champion, is fully aware of the competition for places.

“A few of us train together and we get to see each other throughout the whole season. We have got quite a lot of depth in the team so we don’t have a clue who’s going to run, in what position. There is a good mix of girls to pick from.”