Governing body says being present at British Championships will be a “mandatory condition” for UK athletes seeking selection for major events
British Athletics has announced key dates for its events in 2018 and also confirmed that athletes seeking British team selection to major championships will be required to be present at British Championships events.
Next year the British Indoor Championships are heading to Birmingham ahead of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, but the event is set to clash with the BUCS Nationals indoor event in Sheffield on the same weekend.
The governing body also confirmed that the Müller Anniversary Games is to return to a two-day format in 2018, while “The Para Meet” will accompany “The Meet” as new fixture at the London Stadium in July.
February 17-18: British Athletics Indoor Championships
February 25: Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow
June 30 – July 1: British Athletics Championships
July 14: The Para Meet and The Meet
July 21-22: Müller Anniversary Games
August 18: Müller Grand Prix Birmingham
Staged in Birmingham for the first time, British Athletics says the indoor championships weekend on February 17-18 will “replicate the world championships experience ahead of the World Indoor Championships” taking place at the same Arena Birmingham venue two weeks later.
Athletes vying for British team selection for the World Indoors will be required to compete at the British Championships, the governing body said, with British Athletics also confirming that the outdoor British Championships will be mandatory for those targeting British team places for August’s European Championships.
“2018 will build on the success of 2017, when over one million tickets were sold for UK athletics events, showing that the appetite for track and field remains very strong,” said UK Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos.
“Elsewhere we have already had massive pre-sale interest in our new summer event “The Meet”, an event we expect will deliver another Olympic Stadium sell-out.
“2018 will be the year we elevate both our British national championships, starting in February with the bold step of taking the indoor championships to a world class venue (Birmingham), just two weeks out from the already largely sold out IAAF World Indoor Championships at the same venue.”
He added: “Critically too, a mandatory condition of selection for major championships is to be present at the British championships, guaranteeing to showcase all the best athletes in the UK.”