12th February 2024


Josh Kerr (coach: Danny Mackey, club: Edinburgh) broke the men’s World Two Mile Indoor Best at the Millrose Games, New York on Sunday (11) after a phenomenal performance saw him post a time of 8:00.67.

Not only did he lower Mo Farah’s world indoor best – which was set in Birmingham in 2015 – but he also ran inside the 3000m UK record on his way to the two-mile mark, improving upon Sam Atkin’s previous best to clock 7:30.14.

Afterwards, Kerr said, “That was so hard. Running two four-minute miles is harder than I thought. It was nerve-wracking to say I was going for a world record so far out before the meeting but I wanted to create some hype for the event.”

There was also a superb performance by Olympic and world medallist Laura Muir (Steve Vernon, Dundee Hawkhill) who ran an outright women’s European record, also over the two miles distance, with a time of 9:04.84. On her way to the two mile continental best, she also secured a World Athletics Indoor Championships qualifying standard in the 3000m with a split of 8:31.45 recorded.

Also at the fantastic event for British middle distance athletes, George Mills (Thomas Dreißigacker; Brighton Phoenix) recorded an English indoor mile record with a time of 3:48.93, while Adam Fogg (Coventry) moved into the top ten of the UK all-time list for the distance with a personal best of 3:49.62.