The race to the European Athletics Indoor Championships, which head to Glasgow in March 2019, is well and truly on with less than 100 days to go.
A number of the world’s leading athletes will descend on Glasgow’s Emirates Arena between 1-3 March as the Championships return to the iconic city for the first time since 1990. There will be 650 athletes from more than 45 nations setting their sights on glory.
Six sessions will be competed in across three action-packed days of competition, with qualifiers and finals contested every day.
Medals for events such as the women’s 3000m and men’s shot put will be up for grabs on day one. Meanwhile, the men’s pole vault and women’s 400m will be among the highlights on day two, with both the men and women’s long jump, 4 x 400m relay and 1500m all featuring on an exciting final day.
Top Scots duo Eilidh Doyle and Eilish McColgan were both in attendance at the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow to celebrate the major ‘100 days to go’ campaign milestone.
Eilidh, of course, is Scotland’s most decorated track and field athlete of all time with 16 major championship medals to her name including an Olympic medal, three Commonwealth Games silver medals and a podium finish at this year’s World Indoor Championships.
As a proud Scot, one of her greatest achievements came this year at the Commonwealth Games, where she became Scotland’s first female flag bearer.
‘I remain hungrier than ever to add to my achievements and I cannot wait to be back on home soil and competing at another major event in Glasgow,’ said Eilidh.
‘The city has shown time and again that it is one of the best globally when it comes to hosting major sporting events and I’ve no doubts the European Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2019 will be hugely successful.’
Double Olympian and European silver medallist McColgan, fresh off the back of her fantastic win at the Simplyhealth Great South Run, says she has been working ‘harder than ever’ during the off-season training to make 2019 a year to remember.
McColgan will be looking to build on what was a successful experience at the 2017 European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, where she picked up a bronze medal in the 3000m event.
‘The European Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2019 is the first major event in my calendar next year and my excitement has been building ever since it was first announced,’ said Eilish.
‘I’ve a couple of 10K races coming up on the road over the next two weeks in England and then I am off on a series of training camps at Kenya, Doha and South Africa and will come straight back from the last of those for the European trials event.’
Cherry Alexander MBE, major events director at British Athletics and sport director for Glasgow 2019, said: ‘With another major landmark upon us in the countdown to next March’s championships, it’s fantastic to see the excitement continuing to build from athletes, fans and media now we are into the home straight of the countdown.
‘We’ve enjoyed some phenomenal home championships over the last few years here in the UK.
‘I’m sure that both Eilidh and Eilish will be two of many world-class British athletes battling it out for the right to not only represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland but experience some of the loudest cheers of the championships when they are on the start-line next March.’