Meadows back in the groove

Great Britain's Jenny Meadows (centre) competes in the women's 800 meters during the British Athletics Birmingham Grand Prix

Great Britain's Jenny Meadows (centre) competes in the women's 800 meters during the British Athletics Birmingham Grand Prix

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WIGAN’S 800m star Jenny Meadows returned to competitive action on Saturday with an encouraging second place finish at the British Athletics Grand Prix meeting in Birmingham.

Meadows, who was competing for the first time since September 2011 after a series of injuries, admitted after the race: “It was so surreal just to be out there on the starting line.

“The Russian girl (winner Ekaterina Poistogova) was a bronze medallist at the Olympic Games, and I’ve only really been back in training about 10 weeks, so it’s a pretty good result considering.”

Meadows’ return after nearly two years out saw her push Mo Farah close for the loudest cheer from a sellout crown in the National Indoor Arena.

The Wigan Harrier described herself as “like a schoolchild”, adding: “There have been times when I thought this day wouldn’t come.

“Until now I’ve been fortunate with injuries during my career.

“I’ve only had a filling before, and that was devastating! This was major surgery.

“So I was nervous. It was like starting again, ‘What do I do? Where do I stand?’

“It was good to put my foot on the line again and get going.

“I’m going to see this as a second chance in my career.

“I intend to go out there and just try and enjoy it.”

Meadows – who spent four weeks in South Africa earlier this year at a high-altitude training base – is leaning against competing at the European Indoor Championships, but is yet to make a final decision.