Spar British Athletics Indoor Championships
Arena Birmingham - Birmingham
Saturday 9th February - Sunday 10th February 2019
Returning to the UK’s Second City one again, the 2019 SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships played host to a fast and furious two days of action which saw 36 champions crowned and 23 athletes book automatic spots on the Great Britain & Northern Ireland across the course of the weekend.
One of the loudest cheers of the weekend was reserved for Laura Muir’s stunning final kick as she moved away from the field and rapidly towards the finish for yet another British title in the women’s 3000m, with the Scot’s final 400m timed at a scorching 56.9.
In the women’s pole vault, Holly Bradshaw showcased the type of form that will surely see her be challenging for more international podium places this year, with a Championship Record height of 4.80m bringing the Arena to its feet. Elsewhere, Morgan Lake (high jump), Katarina Johnson-Thompson (long jump) and Sophie McKinna (shot put) all struck gold – the latter producing the best throw by a British female since 2000 with 17.97m – to the delight of those inside Arena Birmingham.
60m sprint action saw Asha Philip win a stunning 10th British title overall (indoors and outdoors), though the Londoner was pushed all the way as she nicked 60m gold in 7.19 seconds ahead of Rachel Miller’s time of 7.20, with both athletes firmly on the plane – or train – come travelling to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland at Glasgow’s European Indoor Championships (1-3 March).
In the men’s equivalent, it was something of a shock 1-2-3 as the notably young trio of Dom Ashwell (19), Adam Thomas (23) and Jeremie Azu (17) seized their opportunity to shine by taking gold, silver and bronze respectively.
There was the type of drama that has been customary at the championships as Jamie Webb was denied a first-ever British title due to a post-event disqualification following the men’s 800m final, meaning Guy Learmonth claimed the title, while the returning Dwain Chambers false-started in the semi-finals.
Full results from the event can be found here.