4th January 2019
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2019: OCTOBER-DECEMBER
In the final part of our preview series for 2019, we move onto a busy Autumn-Winter period which includes five World Championship events and one European Championship for British athletes. Take a look below…
1) October sees the culmination of the IAAF World Championships in Doha with six days of finals taking place. Among the highlights include the men’s and women’s 200m, the heptathlon and decathlon, the relays, the men’s 20km walk, the men’s and women’s 1500m, the men’s marathon and much more.
Full timetable here.
2) The IAU 24 Hour World Championships take place in Albi, France on 16-17 October next year. At the last edition of the championships – held in Northern Ireland – the women’s team were sixth overall and the men were eighth. Both women’s and men’s team won medals at the recent European 24-Hour Championships.
3) The spotlight will be on Dubai in between 7-15 November as the World Para Athletics Championships take centre stage.
Coming on the back of a memorable World Championships in 2017 when the British team won 39 medals 18 of which were gold, they will be targeting another strong showing ahead of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
4) Moving to South America, where the World Mountain Running Championships (Up & Down) will take place in Villa La Angostura in Argentina on November 15. Heading outside Europe for the first time in a few years, the championships will provide a stern test as the world best converge.
At the last edition of these championships, Sarah Tunstall took bronze in the senior women’s race in Premana, Italy.
5) A day later, the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships will also take place in Argentina. Charlotte Morgan won the senior women’s title last year, while Annie Conway bagged the title in 2016. Could there be a third British win in four years in South America?
6) The British Athletics Cross Challenge 2019/2020 will get underway with the first three fixtures of the season taking pace over these months. With places for the European Cross Country Championships up for grabs in late November, it is set to be another competitive Series in the UK.
7) The final showpiece event of the year comes at the European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon, the third time the event has been held in Portugal.
The British team have fond memories of success at this championship and as the event heads to the warmer climes on the Portuguese capital, they will be looking to capture more moments at the end of the year.