Sainsbury's British Indoor Championships

Hannah England was listed to run the 3000m at Sheffield, which she won in 2012, but withdrew with a cold, writes STUART WEIR. 

The Oxford City star tweeted: “Gutted to be missing the 3k today, I’ve been battling a cold this week.”

There were three other local athletes in action at the English Institute of Sport.

Radley AC’s Sophie Tyers, who has just moved to Loughborough to work with legendary coach George Gandy, was fourth in her 800m heat.

“It was OK,” she said.

“I am out of race practice not having raced for ages, but it is exciting to run in an event like this with so many good runners”.

Clubmate Stuart Ferguson was fifth in his 1500m heat. “I was just happy to be here,” he said.

“I was one of the slowest in the field and I was just lacking a bit of speed in the last 400, but it was a good race.”

Radley’s third representative, Rosie Kingston, was seventh in her 60m hurdles heat.

She said: “It is the first time that I have competed in the UK Championships, so I am really excited to be here.”