The 2014 British Athletics Indoor Championships were held this weekend at the EIS, Sheffield. We had a number of athletes competing over the 2 day event with some fantastic performances.

Following the completion of the final women’s race on the Sunday, British Athletics confirmed that Liverpool Harriers are the winners of the women’s Club:Connect title. Club:Connect is a campaign launched this year by British Athletics that aims to use major televised athletics events to reward and recognise the vital role that clubs at all levels play in nurturing athletes through their career. Athletes win points for their individual clubs and Liverpool Harriers ended up winners of the women’s event, receiving a grant of £500.

ClubConnect

Results from the Championships can be found HERE. Video links below are provided by VincoSport which requires a (free) registration.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

What a performance by Kat, on day one in the High Jump not only did she take the title she set the All Time British Record with a jump of 1.96m, a record that was first set 32 years ago and subsequently shared by 4 women. She cruised through to 1.87m clearing each height on her first attempt which alone was enough to win the title, but she carried on clearing both 1.90m and 1.92 on second attempts – her previous PB being 1.89m set in the Olympic Games Pentathlon. She then set the bar at 1.96m, higher than any British female has jumped before, and on her 3rd and final attempt sailed over putting her as all time British record holder and equal 6th in the world rankings.
High Jump Results
Video Interview with Kat

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On day two she also competed in the Long Jump where she was again crowned British Champion with an (indoor) personal best of 6.75m which is a championship and stadium record. That jump stands as an U23 Indoor British record and the 2nd longest indoor jump in the UK ever. It also ranks her equal 3rd in the world.
Long Jump Results
Video Interview with Kat

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No athlete has done a high jump/long jump double since the Olympic champion Mary Rand in the 60s. Katarina has now gained the qualifying standards for the World Indoor Championships in both the HJ and LJ and will have the option of contesting 3 events in Sopot if she has a successful trip to Holland this weekend in the Pentathlon. Well done Kat, a great achievement.

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Summary of Other Results

3000m
Jonny Mellor lined up in the 3000m in a field containing 7 men who have gone sub 8 minutes for the distance. In a tough battle taking turns at the front and a last km of 2:30 Jonny took 2nd place in a time of 7:57.08 with Andy Vernon just ahead in 7:56.84.
3000m Results

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1500m
Harry Harper ran 3:51.03 in the heats on day one to take him through to the final on Sunday where he came in 5th position in a time of 3:51.49
1500m Heats Results
1500m Final Results

800m
Jamie Webb put in a PB peformance on day one of the championships with a time of 1:50.38 to see him through to the final on the Sunday. In the final he ran 1:52.58 to finish just outside the podium positions in 4th place.
800m Heats Results
800m Final Results

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400m
Alex Boyce ran 48.16 in the heats of the 400m which was a season’s best but unfortuntely wasn’t enough to take him through to the semi finals.
400m Heats Results

60m
Oliver Back ran 6.87 in the heats of the 60m to take him through to the semi final. He then ran personal best of 6.82 but it wasn’t quite enough to take him through to the final.
James Williams also competed in the event and ran 6.98 in the heats.
60m Heats Results
60m Semi Finals Results
Video Interview with Oliver