For those competing, this year’s European Indoor Championships (from 1st March to 3rd March) will set the tone for the year ahead.
The event, held in Glasgow, offers the chance for a number of the sport’s biggest names to build up some momentum ahead of the World Championships in Doha later this year.
Laura Muir will be one of those names taking to the field as she bids to continue her medal-winning streak from 2018, during which she claimed silver in the 1500m and bronze in the 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, as well as gold at the European Championships in Berlin. The home favourite will be eager to add to that medal haul come March.
The competition will also see Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam and Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson go head to head in what promises to be an engrossing battle in the pentathlon.
The two have been fighting for supremacy since Rio 2016, with the Belgium currently holding the edge over her British rival.
She notably pipped Johnson-Thompson at the European Championships last August and remains favourite for the Indoor Championships, though the Briton’s continuing development means this is likely to be another clash that goes down to the wire.
Heading into Glasgow 2019 as the second-highest ranked heptathlete in the world, 26-year-old Johnson-Thompson appears well-poised to capitalise on the absence of world leader and Olympic champion Nafi Thiem in front of a roaring Emirates Arena.