HANNAH England would love to make tomorrow’s foray in the 800m a regular event, writes STUART WEIR.
The Oxford City athlete competes in the two-lap race at 4.19pm in a field that includes world and Commonwealth champion Eunice Sum (Kenya).
England’s stock distance has been the 1,500m in recent seasons, with her best performance a world silver medal in 2011.
But the 27-year-old, who ran 2mins 0.50secs for 800m at Iffley Road last month, would consider going for a middle-distance double in future campaigns.
“I would always love the opportunity to run an 800 at a championship,” she said.
“This year I could not have done 800 and 1,500 in Glasgow (Commonwealth Games) without being too tired coming into the Europeans.
“And I wanted to do well at both events.”
England’s Iffley Road time would have been good enough for silver at the Commonwealth Games.
But she said: “Don’t forget that you have to think about qualifying.
“While the time I ran at Iffley Road would have been good in Glasgow, to have qualified for the games, I would have needed to have done it weeks ago and I would not have been ready to do it earlier.”
England added: “It is probably harder now than it used to be to double up because of the depth of talent in the team.
“In the past I might have had more opportunities.”
England said with frustration that modern championship scheduling often rules out doubling up as you would have to run almost every day.
She said: “I don’t feel confident enough to spend a whole year on the 800.
“[My husband] Luke says it would be very interesting if I did.
“But I do enjoy the 800, so hopefully I can squeeze a few more in to my schedule.”
Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Latest Sport news
3:42pm Sunday 29th November 2015
MICHAEL Appleton was delighted to see his Oxford United side come out on top against Trevor Carson after the goalkeeper thwarted them three times last season.
12:12pm Sunday 29th November 2015
WATCH the main moments as Oxford United went top of Sky Bet League Two thanks to a 1-0 win at Hartlepool United.
7:00pm Saturday 28th November 2015
DANNY Hylton came off the bench to net a winner which sent Oxford United top of Sky Bet League Two.
5:41pm Saturday 28th November 2015
1:54pm Saturday 28th November 2015
All the news from Oxford United's trip to Hartlepool United in Sky Bet League Two.
1:15pm Saturday 28th November 2015
OXFORD University have been dealt a major blow in their quest for a historic sixth successive Varsity Match victory after it was revealed captain George Messum is ineligible to play.
9:30am Saturday 28th November 2015
Joe Skarz is gunning for Oxford United to finish the job on what they see as the most challenging block of fixtures in the season with a win at Hartlepool United this afternoon.
7:30am Saturday 28th November 2015
Romain Grosjean says it will be hard to leave Lotus as he prepares for his last race with the Enstone-based team tomorrow.
7:30am Saturday 28th November 2015
Tenager Matt Chapman will step up to the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge next year.
7:20am Saturday 28th November 2015
There was a clean sweep for Drennan Oxford in the practice match for the next round of the Oxford Winter League which was fished by 24 anglers on a very cold Kennet and Avon Canal at Avington.