FAMILIAR faces and an injury-free winter has Eilidh Doyle right on track for the indoor season.

Scotland's most decorated athlete is back home preparing for the British Athletics Indoor Championships this weekend.

She's made a return to Pitreavie for training sessions and says the "place hasn't changed".

Eilidh told Press Sport: "I've moved back to Scotland so I've been coming through to Pitreavie for some sessions on a Sunday. It's still the same faces you see all these years later.

"It's been nice to be back and I'm hoping to be training more often now back at Pitreavie where I started.

"It's nice to be part of the club again. I've always competed for the club and whenever I've competed at a British Championships I've worn the club colours but I've not been at the club for a few years. It's nice to come back and see that things haven't changed too much in my absence. It's made me feel like part of the club again."

The 31-year-old has been impressed by the high quality on show by her fellow club athletes and hopes the next Eilidh Doyle could be ready to emerge.

She said: "I hope so, I really do. When I've been back at the track on a Sunday there's been big groups all putting in really hard sessions. Even at the Scottish Championships, you could see a lot Scottish records broken by Pitreavie athletes. It's great to see that they're doing so well at the moment."

The sessions back at Pitreavie have put her in a good place before the British indoors this weekend in Birmingham, and strong performances will see her qualify for the European Athletic Indoor Championships in Glasgow at the beginning of March.

Commenting on her upcoming schedule, she says the indoor season is one she loves, and is ready to produce.

She said: "Since the turn of the year, it's been quite manic getting organised for the British indoors and then for the European Championships.

"The indoors is such a condensed season, it's not like the outdoors where you have time to find your feet and get going. Indoors is very short and swift so you have to be on the ball straightaway.

"I've had a really good winter with no illness or injuries. It's always good if you can get through that hard run of training without any injuries. I've started pretty much the same as where I did last year in terms of racing.

"I went to the World indoors last year in preparation for the Commonwealth Games but to come away from the indoors with a bronze medal was much more than we had expected.

"I really enjoy the indoors. I have always run well indoors and it's good fun so I'm hoping I'll be able to keep that going and run well in front of a home crowd in Glasgow."

In order to reach her targets, the Olympic bronze-medallist needs to get her tactics right as she competes in the 400m.

"You're doing two laps rather than one, and I find that more exciting because you've got that tactical element to it," she said.

"It doesn't necessarily mean the fastest person will win the race. It's the person who gets their tactics right."

A strong showing from Eilidh will also help keep the attention on Scottish athletics, as they look to secure further funding in future years.

She said: "You want to keep the boost going. I think athletics at the moment, particularly in Scotland, is in a really good place and I think to keep producing the athletes we have coming through, it's important to keep the attention on us.

"When you get events like this happening in our country, it gets kids, communities and the whole country involved. It's really important you have the support from people like SPAR (the European Championships sponsor) to make this happen."