Scottish athletics stars share their excitement as countdown to Glasgow 2019 heads into final straight

The race to the European Athletics Indoor Championships, which comes to Glasgow in March 2019, is well and truly on.

Some of the world’s leading athletes will descend on Glasgow’s Emirates Arena between 1-3 March as the Championships return to the iconic city for the first time since 1990. There will be 650 athletes from more than 45 nations setting their sights on glory.

Six sessions will be competed across three action-packed days of competition, with qualifiers and finals contested every day. Medals for events such as the Women’s 3000m and Men’s Shot Put will be up for grabs on day one. Meanwhile, the Men’s Pole Vault and Women’s 400m will be among the highlights on day two, with both the Men and Women’s Long Jump, 4x400m Relay, and 1500m all featuring on an exciting final day. 

The Scottish duo, Eilidh Doyle and Eilish McColgan were both in attendance at the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow to celebrate the major ‘100 days to go’ campaign milestone. 

Eilidh Doyle, Scotland’s most decorated track and field athlete of all time with fifteen major championship medals to her name, including an Olympic Games medal, three Commonwealth Games medals and a podium finish at this year’s World Indoor Championships. As a proud Scot, one of her greatest achievements came this year at the Commonwealth Games, where she became Scotland’s first female flag bearer. Speaking at the European Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2019 event to mark 100 days to go until the event, Eilidh said “I remain hungrier than ever to add to my achievements and I cannot wait to be back on home soil and competing at another major event in Glasgow. The city has shown time and again that it is one of the best globally when it comes to hosting major sporting events and I’ve no doubts European Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2019 will be hugely successful. "

Double Olympian and European Silver Medallist, Eilish McColgan, fresh of the back of her fantastic win at the Great South Run says she is “working harder than ever” during the off-season training to make 2019 a year to remember. Eilish will be looking to build on what was a successful experience at the 2017 European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, where she picked up a bronze medal in the 3000m event. The Maths and Accountancy Graduate is counting down the days until March, speaking after the countdown passed the 100 days to go mark, Eilish said “The European Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2019 is the first major event in my calendar next year and my excitement has been building ever since it was first announced. Now that we are only 100 days away from the Championships, it is at the forefront of my thoughts especially during training. Getting the opportunity to race at the Emirates Arena for the first time is fantastic, it is a world-class venue and I’m sure the atmosphere will be electric – I really can’t wait until March.” 

The city of Glasgow welcomes the return of the Championship as it continues to build its reputation as a truly world class sporting city. The competition will be the second major European event held in Glasgow within twelve months after a hugely successful inaugural European Championships last week. Glasgow continues to receive global recognition for this reputation with a coveted top five ranking as a sporting destination.

 Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The excitement is well and truly building we pass 100 days to go until the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow. With three days of fantastic athletics action taking place at the Emirates Arena, the Championships kick off another stellar year of major sporting events for Scotland and reinforces our reputation as a world leader in event delivery.”

Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life and Co-Chair of the Glasgow 2019 Steering Committee, said: “With only 100 days to go until the European Athletics Indoor Championships here in Glasgow next March, it’s brilliant to have Eilidh and Eilish – both elite Scottish athletes – here with us today to help us celebrate.

“Our city has proved time and time again that we can deliver world-class events for both athletes and those attending, and these Championships will be no different. The excitement is building in the city and tickets are selling fast for the event, I can’t wait to be there at a packed-out Emirates Arena watching the best athletes Europe has to offer!”

Cherry Alexander MBE, Major Events Director at British Athletics and Sport Director for Glasgow 2019, said: “With another major landmark upon us in the countdown to next March’s championships, it’s fantastic to see the excitement continuing to build from athletes, fans and media now we are into the home straight of the countdown.

“We’ve enjoyed some phenomenal home championships over the last few years here in the UK, and I’m sure that both Eilidh and Eilish will be two of many world-class British athletes battling it out for the right to not only represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland but experience some of the loudest cheers of the championships when they are on the start-line next March.” 

The Emirates Arena, built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, has a capacity of 5000 and is one of the largest indoor sports venues in Europe hosting a diverse range of sporting events throughout the year.

The European Athletics Indoor Championship Glasgow 2019 is guaranteed to give the Scottish crowd unmissable entertainment. The full competition schedule is now live on www.glasgow2019athletics.com with tickets selling out fast, make sure you grab yours for your favourite event.

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