PEEBLES teenager Rianna Sterricks will be avoiding too much Christmas dinner this year as she prepares to defend her New Year Ladies Sprint crown.

Rianna was the impressive winner at Meadowmill last year from her handicap of 19.5 metres.

And, despite starting from 1.5 metres down at 18 metres, the former Beltane Queen will likely still be the favourite ahead of the final on Monday, December 30.

But the 18-year-old Lasswade AC athlete will face stiff competition from four other Peeblesshire flyers.

Scottish 400 metres champion Stacey Downie will be looking to improve on her third-placed finish last year.

And Peebles High pupil Natasha Turnbull, who was fifth in last year's final, has shown improvement throughout the summer.

Natasha's twin sister, Samantha, could also be in the frame from her handicap of 20 metres.

And Innerleithen's Bryony Patterson, who has won national medals for long and triple jump, could also be in the mix from 20.5 metres.

The Ladies 90 metres final takes place at Meadowmill Sports Centre following the heats of the 151st New Year Sprint.