Eve Carrington: ‘I didn’t think I’d be fit to compete’

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“I’ve finally got an individual track medal,” beamed Eve Carrington, literally seconds after crossing the line in third place in the women’s 400m hurdles.

The Western Isles multi-event specialist, a medallist in FIVE different events and our first ever medallist following a silver in the high jump 10-years-ago, has surpassed all expectations once again, bringing home two more medals for the WIIGA sideboard.

Her bronze medal performances in both the 400m hurdles and the shot-putt are all the more remarkable as she reveals she had all but conceded defeat to injury ahead of travelling to Jersey.

“I had about eight weeks where I couldn’t run at all so I wasn’t even going to come to Jersey as I wasn’t sure I’d be fit enough to compete,” Carrington told the Gazette.

“Six weeks before we came I got back to running but it was so late I just didn’t think I’d be fit enough.

“But too right I’m glad I came now though.”

Eve’s podium placings for the hurdles and shot-putt join her other medals for high-jump, triple jump and the 4x400 relay.

To read the rest of the exclusive interview with Kathryn - and with seven other Western Isles Island Games stars - see this week’s Stornoway Gazette, on sale now.