SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships
Arena Birmingham - Birmingham
Saturday 17th February - Sunday 18th February 2018
The best of Britain will gather in Birmingham on the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February as they compete for the prestigious honour of being crowned British champion and battle for a place on the British Athletics team ahead of March’s IAAF World Indoor Championships, due to be held in the very same stadium from 1 – 4 March.
The event previously held in Sheffield, moves to the Arena Birmingham for the national indoor championships in 2018. This will give the athletes an opportunity to familiarise themselves with arena as they vie to earn a British vest for March’s global indoor championships, the second world athletics championships to be held in the UK in the space of seven months.
2017’s edition of the championships saw Tom Bosworth bring the house down by smashing his own British 5000m record, while Andy Pozzi – an athlete who would go on to win European Indoor gold just three weeks later – continued his rich vein of form on the indoor circuit with a world leading time of 7.44 to claim his fourth British indoor title.
In the field, highlights included Lorraine Ugen’s winning leap of 6.72m to overcome a stacked field in the women’s long jump, while Jade Ive fed off great support from the back straight crowd to vault over 4.35m for pole vault gold, a personal best by some 15cm.
In a year which will see three major championships in the IAAF World Indoor Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships take place in the space of six months, the weekend of 17-18 February will see hundreds of the country’s best athletes look to start 2018 with a bang.