Laura Muir plans to use home advantage
LAURA MUIR is planning to make the most of home advantage when the European Indoor Athletics Championships come to Glasgow in March, writes
The continental showpiece will be staged on the Emirates Arena track where the 25-year-old regularly trains and upon which she began her racing year with an impressive run of 14:52.02 in winning a 5000m contest at the GAA Miler Meet on January 4.
Muir, who also received the BMC athlete of the year award for 2018 on the night, has yet to decide which of her European indoor titles to defend – either the 1500m or 3000m – but her confidence is high after that opening run which showed her training is right on schedule.
She is further boosted by the knowledge that none of her European rivals will have quite the same knowledge of the 200m oval in Glasgow’s east end.
“I don’t know if there’s anybody who’s actually run around this track more than I have,” says Muir. “More or less since the Emirates opened I’ve been training here twice a week every week and I’ve raced on it a lot as well.
“I know it very, very well and it means that, no matter what the pace, I’m comfortable. I’ve run fast times in here and slower times in here depending on the sessions.
“I’m just really comfortable with where to attack it, where all the different points are, and the set-up of the whole venue as well. It couldn’t really be more perfect for me for a home championships.”
Muir has doubled up in a number of recent championships but the Glasgow timetable is prohibitive on this occasion. It means there is a decision to be made.
“If I had one event it would be easy!” laughs Muir when asked which distance she might contest. “We’re leaving it open just now – we want to race over different distances, see where
I’m at and see what’s going to benefit me most.”
Laura Muir: on her way to 5000m success in Glasgow and (inset) receiving her BMC award from treasurer Matthew Fraser Moat (left) and founder member Hugh Barrow, who was presented with the Frank Horwill award for services to the BMC