TRIALS CAR PARK FEE
I WAS appalled at the £10 charge for parking in a field for the British Championships in Birmingham. It was a huge increase on previous years and a levy that would have cost athletes as well as spectators, which is surely wrong. Some partnership work between British Athletics and Birmingham City Council is needed there, I think.
In the event itself I was fascinated to witness the newlyformatted 100m. Eight athletes were given a free pass into the semis, with three semi-finals being run with ten athletes as a result.
I’m not sure this has been done in any championship in any country before, although not to say that we shouldn’t be the world leaders in such an initiative of course!
But is it right in such an important meeting some athletes should be hand-picked to be excused running in the heats? Even assuming this was a good idea, I am somewhat at a loss as to why only eight athletes (instead of ten) were given the opportunity to contest the final. Brilliant experience for a couple more semi-finalists. Or maybe I’m missing something.
John Powell, London