British Athletics has announced a seventeen-strong team for the forthcoming World Mountain Running Championships in Poland on Sunday 8 September. The senior and junior teams were chosen following the trials event at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick on Sunday 11 August.
Senior victories for Rob Samuel and Emma Clayton ensured their places on the team. Samuel was perhaps a surprise winner, breaking away from Andi Jones on the fast descents on the Lake District course to win by 27 seconds.
Samuel is however no stranger to World Championships, having competed for GB & NI in Albania in 2011, whilst runner-up Jones was fourth at the World Mountain Running Championships in Alaska back in 2003.
James McMullan, Nick Swinburn and Chris Smith were third, fifth and sixth at the trials and are all regular members of the GB & NI team, whilst fourth place finisher Tom Adams will make his debut at the event.
In the women's race, pre-race favourite Clayton held off a strong challenge from 2008 European Mountain Running Championships bronze medallist Sarah Tunstall to win by 27 seconds. Clayton finished a fine sixth at the European Championships in Bulgaria in July, and will travel to Poland looking for a similarly good performance.
Established international Tunstall will also be hoping for a strong performance at her favoured up and down event. Having struggled over the last few years with injury problems, it seems she is finally getting back to her best, a story that also rings true for teammate Mary Wilkinson. Katie Walshaw rounds out a GB & NI team that will be looking to put in a strong performance in Poland.