7th November 2017
BRITISH ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES KEY 2018 EVENT DATES
• British Athletics Indoor Championships head to Birmingham for 2018
• Athletes targeting major championships required to attend British championships
• Müller Anniversary Games returns to two-day format
• “The Para Meet” accompanies “The Meet” as new fixture at the London Stadium
Chief Executive of UK Athletics, Niels de Vos said:
“2018 will build on the success of 2017, when over one million tickets were sold for UK athletics events, showing that the appetite for track and field remains very strong. Elsewhere we have already had massive pre-sale interest in our new summer event “The Meet”, an event we expect will deliver another London Stadium sell-out.
“2018 will be the year we elevate both our British national championships, starting in February with the bold step of taking the Indoor Championships to a world class venue (Birmingham), just two weeks out from the already largely sold out IAAF World Indoor Championships at the same venue.
“Critically too, a mandatory condition of selection for major championships is to be present at the British championships, guaranteeing to showcase all the best athletes in the UK.”
February 17-18: British Athletics Indoor Championships
The British Indoor Championships will take place at Arena Birmingham on the weekend of February 17-18.
Being staged in Birmingham for the first time, the weekend will replicate the world championships experience ahead of the World Indoor Championships at the same venue two weeks later. Athletes vying for British team selection are required to compete at thIs event, guaranteeing the highest quality field and plenty of head-to-head rivalries.
February 25: Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow
The world’s top-ranked indoor meet and the final of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow returns to Scotland at the Emirates Arena.
Taking place seven days before the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, the field is certain to include all of the world’s top indoor athletes.
Saturday 30 June – Sunday 1 July: British Athletics Championships
Held across two days, The British Athletics Championships will see the best in Britain descend on Birmingham to compete for the honour of being crowned British Champion. Competition is mandatory for those targeting British Athletics places for August’s European Championship, so you can be sure that all the top British athletes will be competing.
Saturday 14 July: The Para Meet and The Meet
Saturday 14 July sees the London Stadium play host to two new fixtures, “The Para Meet” and “The Meet”. The Para Meet will showcase many of the world’s top performers from last summer’s World Para Athletics Championships, while The Meet will see Britain’s best athletes take on their rivals from the USA in an innovative head-to-head team clash.
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 July: Müller Anniversary Games
Returning to a two-day fixture for 2018, the Müller Anniversary Games will be held at the London Stadium across the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July.
A meeting which has played host to a number of memorable track and field moments since its inception in 2013 – including Kendra Harrison’s 100m hurdles world record and Laura Muir’s British record over 1500m – the Müller Anniversary Games will once again be the world’s biggest non-championship athletics meeting of the year.
Saturday 18 August: Müller Grand Prix Birmingham
The Müller Grand Prix Birmingham takes place at Alexander Stadium on Saturday 18 August, coming shortly after Berlin’s European Championships.
This is the perfect date to guarantee athletics fans the involvement of the best athletes in the world, because it will be the last opportunity for athletes to secure qualification for the IAAF Diamond League finals. Expect the top ranked athletes in every event.
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