Laura Muir plans to use home ad­van­tage

Athletics Weekly - - Contents -

LAURA MUIR is plan­ning to make the most of home ad­van­tage when the Eu­ro­pean In­door Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships come to Glas­gow in March, writes

Euan Crum­ley.

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.