1st January 2019
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2019: JANUARY - MARCH
Another year, another major championships on home soil to kick things off. The European Indoor Championships in Glasgow mark the start of a 2019 packed full of significant events as the build up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games gathers serious pace. We begin our preview of 2019 with a look ahead to January, February and March…
1) The new year will be just 12 days old when the British vest gets pulled on for the first time at the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Cross Country. European champion Laura Muir headlines a 20-strong British team as the event takes place in Stirling for the first time.
2) The SPAR British Indoor Championships return to Arena Birmingham for the second year running on February 9-10 as the best in the country battle for champion status. The Championships will also go a long way to making up the British team for the Glasgow European Indoor Championships with athletes required to take to the line in the event they wish to tackle in Scotland.
3) A week after welcoming the best in Britain, Arena Birmingham opens its doors to the best in the world for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix on February 16. The penultimate leg of the IAAF World Indoor Tour after stops in Boston (January 26), Karlsruhe (February 2), Torun (February 6) and Madrid (February 8), Katerina Stefanidi, Laura Muir, Andrew Pozzi and Holly Bradshaw are among the confirmed names. Following Birmingham, the tour will reach its conclusion in Dusseldorf on February 20.
4) Dubai will both open and close the season for a host of Britain’s para-athletes with the World Para Athletics Grand Prix series starting proceedings from February 24-27. Set to host the World Para Athletics Championships in November, Dubai will be an early insight into what to expect later in the year.
5) The European Indoor Championships return to Glasgow for the first time since 1990 where the British team won five medals. After a haul of seven at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 2018, hopes will be high that the team – which is likely to include Laura Muir, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Andrew Pozzi – can match or better their best ever haul of ten from the 2017 and 2007 European Indoor Championships from March 1-3.
6) After recent editions in Africa and Asia, the World Cross Country Championships return to Europe with Aarhus in Denmark the host on March 30. The course and the culture would suggest interest will be high among Britain’s best with the official trial taking place in Loughborough on March 9. That will also be the fifth and final leg of the British Athletics Cross Challenge with the fourth scheduled for January 19 in Belfast.