From PBs to coffee art… some of Britain’s top track and field stars reveal what they’d like to achieve next year
British 100m and 200m record-holder and world and Olympic relay medallist Dina Asher-Smith
“In 2018 I hope to continue making people proud and do well at both the Commonwealth Games and the Europeans. But most importantly I want to enjoy what has the potential to be an incredibly fun, and successful, season.”
Multiple European Cross and track medallist Emelia Górecka
“My aims for 2018 are to continue laying down foundations in my development as an athlete, to continue to race more and gain valuable experience being a senior athlete.”
World 4x100m champion and overall IAAF Diamond League 100m winner Chijindu Ujah
“Just to be ruthless and precise in every race and keep the momentum going from the 2017 season. Off the track I’ve got a couple of business ideas I’d like to pursue. It’s all about building on what I have in life.”
World marathon 13th-placer Charlotte Purdue
“My aims for 2018 are to run a fast marathon and half-marathon and to finish high in the European Championship marathon.”
BUCS champion and English National and Inter-Counties cross country runner-up Alex Teuten
“I don’t have too many aims outside of running in 2018. My PhD isn’t complete until September 2019 so I’ll be carrying on with that.
“I’d love to be invited to the World Half Marathon Champs in March for GB, and from there I hope to be in contention for a GB vest at the European Cup as part of the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs and put in a performance that would lead people to think I’m not just a cross-country specialist as is currently the case – mid 28:00s ideally. Similarly, a reboot of my track times (sub-3:40 for 1500m, 13:20 for 5km) is the target. Then hopefully to have a winter like this one so far, with the exception of a better performance at the Euro Cross 2019 – a top 10 finish ideally!”
Paralympic and world medallist Stef Reid
“I try and do something new and challenging every year. On the track, we are going to explore racing over 200m alongside the long jump. Off the track, I am not sure yet. Last year I made my acting debut in the short film “The Energy Within” (which will hopefully be released early in 2018). That will be hard to top! But opportunities always open up. In the meantime, I will let Star Wars know I am available for their next film!”
Olympic sixth-place 20km race walker Tom Bosworth
“In 2018 I hope to set a few more records on the track with big targets set for the Commonwealth Games and European Championships, along with some shorter races at a few big UK meets also lined up!
“As well as develop my career off the track with some different media doors opening, I’ve worked hard to create some new opportunities. I recently wrote my first article for The Times newspaper. I’ve got plenty more lined up but all I can say for now is, watch this space.”
Paralympic, world and European champion and multiple world record-holder Hannah Cockroft
“My aims athletics wise for 2018 are not to lose motivation or focus. It seems fairly simple, but with no event in the Commonwealths and no confirmed event in the Europeans, it’s easy to wonder why you’re working so hard for no major title at the end of it.
“I want to enjoy my year of training, retain my number one spot in the world, which is getting harder and harder to do every year, but also to take some of the opportunities I’ve been having to turn down for so long. This year, I’d like to finally commit to the TV presenting course I’ve been wanting to do all year, use some of my contacts to gain experience and start making steps forward to build myself a future beyond athletics before Tokyo 2020 takes over!”
World 4x100m champion and 200m fourth-placer Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
“My hopes and aims for 2018 are to become a better version of myself in all aspects.”
British pole vault record-holder Holly Bradshaw
“My aims for 2018 are rather straight forward – to just enjoy myself! The last four years have been intense for me with injury after injury and the pressure of performing has been at an all-time high. This year is all about remembering why I do the sport and that’s because I absolutely love it and everything else that comes with it is a bonus. My aim is to adopt this mentality along with a injury-free year and hopefully special things may happen… but no pressure!
“My second aim is to become a wizard at coffee art! I am volunteering at one of my local coffee shops to learn more about it so I am hoping one day soon I can create the perfect cup of coffee!”
Olympic finalist and European indoor 3000m medallist Eilish McColgan
“My hopes and aims for 2018 are to continue improving. I want to stay consistent and keep injury free which will hopefully allow me to break some more PBs. I also have a bucket list of destinations I want to visit and so every year I aim to tick a few of those off! The Commonwealth Games is my next stop!”
2:09:49 marathoner Dewi Griffiths
“My hopes for 2018 are simple. To run faster and make it even more successful than 2017.”