Holly Bradshaw and Laura Muir enjoy perfect European Indoors warm up with Birmingham success

Holly Bradshaw and Laura Muir enjoy perfect European Indoors warm up with Birmingham success

“But stuff like that doesn’t spur me on. Obviously it’s a little bit harder but I’ve been really sensible over the past couple of years and had some good contracts so I have been lucky.

“I’m just trying to do good for me. I love pole vaulting and I love the feeling of flying.”

Remarkably, Bradshaw had not even originally planned on having an indoor season. A succession of injuries meant she decided to spend the winter focusing on sprint training, so when she did make a late call to try her luck inside, she opted to vault off a shortened 12-step run-up rather than her preferred 16 steps. There was little indication it would bring about such notable results.

“I’ve got slower over the last six years because of all the injuries I’ve had so my main focus was to take a six-month block to train like Reece Prescod or Asha Philip and only pole vault once a week,” she said.

“That’s why this is such a shock – I’ve really not expected it. But I have got a lot quicker.”

Bradshaw now has her sights set on next month’s Glasgow European Indoor Championships, as does Laura Muir, who looks in phenomenal shape to successfully defend her 1500m and 3000m titles after smashing the British indoor mile record – the sixth national record of her burgeoning career.

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