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:
Not everyone can get to every athletics event. The Glasgow Indoors Grand Prix was one of the meets that I couldn’t attend, but I enjoyed watching it from the sofa at home. So here’s a blog with a difference – some comments on the events and some on the TV coverage.
I was most impressed by some gutsy performances from British women. Seren Bundy-Davies, who did have the world lead, took off from the front in the 400m to run out of steam just before the line – but she really took it to the competition. Laura Muir, running a shorter event than we’re used to, came a creditable second in the 800m with a personal best. And it was great to see Steph Twell getting back toward her best after a relatively lean few years with a PB in the 3000 metres.
If you managed to get to the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix you will have seen an article in the programme by our very own Eve Langford. If you didn't, here it is in full...
"The squeak of trainers.The crash of reversaboards. The roar of the crowd.
There’s nothing quite like it; the indoor athletics season is upon us and once you’ve got the indoor athletics bug, there’s no going back.
Admittedly the athletes won’t be using reversaboards or tripping over shin-height foam hurdles at the Glasgow Grand Prix, but the crowd will be deafening.
There are so many reasons why indoor events are a must-see feature of a British Athletics Supporters Club member’s calendar.
Some of the world’s best athletes are here in Glasgow to prepare themselves for the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon.
Whether you want to see the fastest Dutch woman of all time, Dafne Schippers blast off in the 60 metres or see our very own double Olympic champion Mo Farah go for gold once again, in the indoors you are never far from the action.