Jessica Ennis-Hill is looking for a steady rather than spectacular return when she races for the first time in 22 months in Manchester today.
The Olympic heptathlon champion will make her long-awaited comeback over 100 metres hurdles at the Great CityGames on a purpose-built track on Deansgate.
It is the first time the Sheffield athlete will have taken to the track since the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium in July 2013. In the intervening months the 29-year-old has given birth to son Reggie, now nine months old, and seen her life, and priorities, change completely.
Ennis-Hill, who goes up against American world champion Brianna Rollins, Great Britain team-mate and European champion Tiffany Porter and compatriot Lucy Hatton, the European indoor silver medallist over 60m hurdles, said: “I’m coming back into a really good field. It’s a good environment with a nice fast track, so I feel that I’ve just got to get back into it and see where I am and have a benchmark for something I can work on throughout the season.”
Ennis-Hill is relishing the chance to feel the buzz of competition again.