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BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Former world and Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has pulled out of the British team for the World Indoor Championships, informs British Athletics. "My performance from the British Championships to the Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow at the weekend showed improvement but it was still not at the level I demand of myself. It has not been an easy decision but I have therefore chosen to withdraw from the World Indoor Championships. I am now going to take a few days to recover from Glasgow before resuming training as I prepare for a successful summer."

RunBlogRun opines: The body can do amazing things. Athletes demand much of their bodies and souls. Greg Rutherford has won World championships, European championships, Olympic championships and of course, British championships. The long jump beats one's body up in ways most of us do not consider. Greg wanted to do well in the World Indoors, but he would not have been at the fitness level he demands of himself. That is the conundrum of a champion athlete. We wish him a quick recovery and some great jumps in 2018 and 2019.

And that's a wrap. I've decided to shut it down and end the indoor escapades. • I thought long and hard and had in-depth conversations with my team about the world indoor champs and we decided as a collective that focusing on the summer is a far better idea for my body at this point. • When I had the ankle surgery and found out the severity of the injury the indoors became a no chance scenario. Somehow as has often happened I managed to heal quicker than most ever would and start training earlier than expected. But with only a months training under my belt, to expect to beat the best in the world isn't possible. BUT, I'm going to train hard for a couple of months now and come back ready to win in the summer. #athlete #fitness

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Our friend, Stuar Weir is burning the proverbial midnight oil to provide us coverage of the British Trials from this weekend. This was for day 2. Lots of fun events, and some funny stuff as well, from our keen English observer of athletics.

I am using a picture of Eilish McColgan. Eilish ran PBs in just about every distance in 2017, and I remember seeing her at the European indoors, then a few weeks later at the 10,000m in Stanford. Now, we will see her at the World Indoors in Birmingham. She made the teams at 3000 meters and then, won the 1,500 meter title.

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KJT indoors.jpgKaterina Johnson Thompson, winning LJ, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

Thanks to Stuart Weir, we have an on site report from British Athletics for the British Trials. Stuart has written for us for several years now. I believed, for several years, that he was Scottish, alas, I was wrong. But, this observant and humorous British writer keeps us informed on all things from across the proverbial pond.

Brit athletics, 60m hurdles .jpgMegan Marrs winning 60m hurdles at British Trials, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

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GLASGOW (GBR): Laura Muir will open her indoor season in a mixed race in Glasgow on Sunday. "Exciting news about a couple of chances to see me race locally in next fortnight. Glasgow Milers Meet at the Emirates Arena this Sunday where I'll be racing the guys!" she said on Twitter. She will also compete in the mixed relay at the Great Edinburgh XCountry on 13 January.

This is the second day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out

Today, we are writing about Adam Gemili!

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All of the experts said that Mo Farah could not win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. I am pretty sure that Mo Farah did not think he could win. But, as he did the interview Live from Saint Mary's University with his kids nearby. And his boy, Hussein, was sick, as kids get.

What gave Mo the three thousand votes that he had for victory? At the end, British track fans are the best, the very best that I have ever seen. They love Mo Farah and watched the guy come from being close to winning over the last half of his career. That Mo Farah is the finest racer over 5000 meters and 10,000 meters from 2011-2017 should not be in dispute.

That 10,000 meters in London may be the finest 10,000 meters ever, and British fans were transfixed.

Mo Farah earned the respect of British track fans. Fans are not looking for perfection, they are looking for racing. The Somali born athlete became a runenr in London and his development was fascinating to watch. I believe the biggest change was the confidence that Mo Farah got after winning a few races was obvious.

So happy for Mo Farah and his win. Looking forward to seeing him in London this coming April.

DO2G933W0AEgc9H.jpgGeoff Wightman interviews Perry Shakes-Drayton at BAWA Awards, photo by Stuart Weir

In his second article on the British Athletic Writers Awards, Stuart Weir writes on the absolute athletic oddysey of Perry Shakes-Drayton, her injuries, her belief in herself and positive view of life. The piece is truly inspirational.

DO2bQVQWsAEe_RE.jpgDame Mary Peters with Mark Woods, Chair of BAWA, photo by Stuart Weir

DO2R-jVXkAACRZm.jpgJames Mulligan, European Athletics media manager, with Laura Muir, BAWA athlete of year, photo by Stuart Weir

My meeting with Stu Weir several years ago was most fortiutous. Not only did I find a thoughtful writer, but a man with which I can disuss philosophy and the power of faith. A man who lives by example, and a man who can crack me up at a moments notice, Stuart is enjoyed by the athletes for his wry sense of humor.

Chris O'Hare-1.jpgChris O'Hare, GB number 1, not funded, photo by David Wearn

Laura Weightman-2.jpegLaura Weightman, not funded, photo by David Wearn

In this week's column, Paul Halford writes about the frustrations for many world class British athletes on funding by British Athletics and some of the peculiar decisions.

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Emily Goreka has returned to fitness and the cross country specialist won the British trials for the European Cross Country! Here's the update from Alfons Juck, on EME News.

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