In the first part of an exclusive interview for the BASC website, Jenny Meadows talks about her achievements over a glittering career and her plans as that career approaches the end.
How did you get started in athletics?
I always used to win every race at my local school sports day so knew I was quick. One day a voluntary coach came into my school to tell us about the new 'primary schools' section of my local running club, Wigan Harriers. I went along that very first Friday evening in January 1989... and almost 28 years I'm still there!
Katarina J-T had a good first day here in Gotzis; three pbs compensated for a weak shot put. Her day 2 was good enough to give her a score of 6308 well over the 6200 required for Rio so I am sure her mum Tracey will have booked her tickets for August along with her sponsor Barrie who are both out here in Austria. Target met but she will need to lift her game to medal in Rio as she was in sixth place.
Jess Ennis's coach Toni was out here with John Lake one of his other multi-eventers. Unlike last year he only had one athlete to look after. Both John and Ashley Bryant had respectable first days and could have been in with a chance of a Rio qualifier. However on day 2 the weather turned from sunshine to showers and the discus (not a strong event for either) didn't produce a pb for Ashley and John was well below par. Perhaps it was the thought of the next event, the pole vault, which unsettled them.
The 10,000 metre Olympic Trials was a great evening of free athletic entertainment – and I would recommend it to anyone to try and get along next year. Held at the Highgate Harriers athletic track in North London, it was perfect running conditions on a fine evening, not much wind and fairly mild. There were six races in total, seeded so that the fastest athletes (men & women) were in the last two races – in which the first two Britons past the post with the Olympic Qualifying time would be on the plane to Rio.
The event was very well attended this year – it had been well advertised locally and on social media, with the crowds looking forward to seeing the likes of Jo Pavey & Andy Vernon. The whole event is free to enter, and once at the track, fans can stand in lane 3 to cheer everyone on. There was a beer tent, burgers, a DJ and various other outlets. There was a really good attendance, many more people than last year, many of them families, sitting on the raised banks to watch the athletics. It was also good to see several BASC members amongst the crowd.
After the previous days thrills another capacity crowd filled the EIS Arena in Sheffield for the final day of the 2016 British Indoor Championships.
As the majority of the day’s events were finals it meant that every second or centimetre mattered to the athletes competing.
Highlights of day 2 included:
With the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland on the horizon it was time for the best of Britain to gather in front of an enthusiastic capacity crowd at the EIS Arena in Sheffield for the 2016 British Athletics Indoor Championships.
As well as a packed arena many athletics fans around the country took to their laptops or tablets to watch the event in the comfort of their own home courtesy of a live stream provided by British Athletics after a few teething problems were solved.
Some high profile names made the decision to not to attend and miss the indoor season to allow them to focus solely on the outdoor season due to Rio but that didn’t detract from the weekends action.
Highlights from day one included: