At AAA Championships in Sheffield Mo Farah and Jo Pavey both won their 2nd National 3000m indoor titles whilst James McIlroy set a Northern Ireland record for 600m en route to a convincing win in the 800m event.
Mo Farah made a last minute decission to interupt his cross country season and run the 3000m and was rewarded with personal best time of 7:56.86. Laying off the early pace he took the lead with 850m to go and will now decide whether or not to make the trip to the European Indoor Championships in three weeks.
Jo Pavey retained the title she won last year in convincing fashion. Coming off a heavy week’s training Pavey never had to hit top gear and was able to record a comfortable 15 second victory. She will now turn her attention to the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix this weekend.
James McIlroy showed great confidence in leading every step of the way and will now prepare for the Europeans knowing that he is capable of being a strong contender in the final. James’ training partner Chris Lambert was the fastest 200m runner of the weekend with his 20.94 in the heats but had to settle for runners up position in the final as Irish man Paul Hession took the title in 21.01 with Lambert 0.02 down. Chris Tomlinson also had to setle for 2nd place in the long jump. Nathan Morgan won with 7.96 while Chris had the next 5 longest jumps of the competition, his best being 7.91.