This year's SPAR British Indoor Championships had more at stake that usual - places in the Birmingham World Indoor Championships to be held in two weeks time. There was added spice with a sprinkling of top international athletes in the mix including a returning Rutherford, a dominant Muir and sprinters Ujah, Philip and Pozzi. Winners who had achieved the qualification marks would be guaranteed world places, with runners up hoping to persuade selectors to give them the second slot.
All the sprint action was completed on Saturday with CJ Ujah winning the men's flat title from Robertson. Kilty withdrew from the final and Edoburun false started in the heats. In the women's event, Asha Philip took the title from Daryll Neita and Bianca Williams. In the hurdles, Andrew Pozzi won the final despite being left in the blocks, with David King in second place. The women's sprint hurdles saw a surprise result with megan Marrs knocking half a second off her PB this season finishing just outside world championship qualification time.
Mo Farah once again topped the members poll for BASC Athlete of the Year. Sir Mo was a clear winner following his world championships gold and silver medals, Diamond League title and third conscutive Great North Run win. Over 450 members voted, with half backing Farah for the award. World relay silver medalist Dina Asher-Smith was runner-up, and Diamond League champion and world relay gold medalist CJ Ujah in third place.
Other athletes on the shortlist were: Aled Davies, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Sammi Kinghorn and Nick Miller. Members were also able to vote for other athletes, and a further ten received votes behind the shortlisted athletes. These included Laura Muir, Callum Hawkins and Eilish McColgan, all of whom had good seasons.
Following the success of our Members Lounge at London 2017, we will be providing another opportunity for BASC members to relax and socialise during the World Indoor Athletics World Championships in Birmingham. On Saturday 3 March 2018 the BASC Members' Lounge will be open from 1pm until 4.30pm at Novotel, just a 7 minute walk from the Barclaycard Arena.
There will be complimentary tea and coffee, and food will be available to purchase. Central Birmingham Novotel is located at: 70 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HT (telephone 0121 619 9002. Check out the hotel's website.
Jon Martin has been announced as overall winner of the BASC photography competition with his picture of the men's 5,000m final in the IAAF World Championship. 'A celebration of London 2017' gave BASC members the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, creative vision and originality as photographers. It endeavours to capture the spirit of London 2017.
Entries were received in two catefories. Category A focused on the athletics action from both the IAAF and IPC world championships in London, along with the Anniversary Games. The winning photograph, 'Mo Farah wins silver' by captures the action on the final lap of the men's 5,000m final as Mo Farah in his final championships track appearance sees strains for a medal, watching a final gold slipping from his grasp. Jon's photograph was also the overall winner in the competition, and can be viewed in our Photo Album pages along with other shortlisted photos.
Rising Events are inviting BASC members to the Elite Athlete Conference 2017 'Insight into Treatment, Training and Performance'. They would like to offer members the opportunity of securing a place at their upcoming event on the 25 November at the Drum, Wembley. It will be a truly inspirational day that will include unforgettable talks from elite coaches, therapists and athletes such as five times Olympian Jo Pavey and Paralympic Champion Richard Whitehead MBE. Recent medal winner from the World championships, Asha Phillip and Olympian James Ellington.