Please see the below in formation from the N&D Championships manager. Hopefully this will provide clarity on the issue of the pool at Sunderland.
Sunderland City Council have, as of yet, been unable to give a guarantee to the pool management that the pool will be open in February 2019. Without that guarantee, it has been impossible to consider moving the full Championships to Sunderland. I do not want to change arrangements at short notice, particularly where Clubs/members/parents may have booked accommodation etc for the Burns Meet. I have waited as long as possible, but the guarantee has still not been given and therefore the 15 and overs will definitely be competing at the Burns Meet as per the advertised meet conditions.
The 800m/1500m events and age groups remain planned at Middlesbrough, however if the guarantee from the Council is received in the near future, those events may move to Sunderland albeit on the same weekends as the advertised meet conditions – there will definitely be no change in date. This is the same for the Teams Day, which will be on the 9th March but the venue may change. I will email all Clubs if these changes are being made, and will also provide the entry files.
I trust everyone will understand the reasons why these decisions have been made and hopefully this email will give some clarity to all concerned. If there are any other queries about the Championships in the meantime please let me know.
N&D Championships Manager