With 51 days to go until the European Athletics Indoor Championships roll into town, a succession of British stars have confirmed they will go for glory in Glasgow.
Medallists at Olympic, World and European level have confirmed their attendance at the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships, the decisive qualifying event for the continental gathering.
Those impressing in Birmingham on 9-10 February will automatically book their places in Scotland, so the stakes couldn’t be higher.
Home golden girl Laura Muir has confirmed her participation in the West Midlands having started her indoor season superbly with a second-best ever indoor 5000m time at the GAA Miler Meet.
Muir raced to double European indoor gold in Belgrade in 2017 and she is far from the only Brit heading to Clydeside to defend her title.
Three-time British indoor champion Asha Philip will be out to defend her 60m gold from Serbia and that journey starts in Birmingham.
Fellow sprint star Andrew Pozzi will look to back up his 2018 World Indoor victory with back-to-back European triumphs, too.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson has already qualified for Glasgow, securing a spot in the women’s pentathlon thanks to being ranked second in the discipline behind Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam.
So the West Midlands meet may mean the most to the slew of Scottish athletes hoping their performances will be enough to give them the chance to compete in their home nation.
Stirling’s long-distance ace Andrew Butchart and Dundee demon Eilish McColgan will both be going forward to qualify for their home event.
800m speedster Lynsey Sharp, experienced campaigner Eilidh Doyle and Edinburgh-born 1500m contender Chris O’Hare will also be putting it all on the line in Birmingham.
One month to go until the SPAR British Athletics Championships. So many top class athletes will be trying to win a place on the 🇬🇧 team for @Glasgow2019 Check out @BritAthletics if you're after tickets! pic.twitter.com/sjtplzPxHT
— Eilidh Doyle (@EilidhDoyle) January 9, 2019
With long jumper Jazmin Sawyers also set to star in the field, the British team is taking shape and Birmingham will give them their licence to thrill at the Emirates Arena.