A strong British team has been announced for next month’s European Mountain Running Championships in France. The Great Britain & Northern Ireland features a mix of youth and experience. Amongst them is Emma Clayton (pictured) who won silver at last year’s IAAF World Mountain Running Championships over an up and down course, the same format that the 2014 European Championships will take.
Clayton was second to Italian Alice Gaggi there, and will be looking to get amongst the medals again in Gap, France on 12 July.
She will be joined in the senior women’s team by another Sarah Tunstall, who was eighth at the World Championships in Poland last year. With the addition of Katie Walshaw and debutant Megan Crawford, the team will be heading to the South of France in pursuit of a medal.
The senior men’s team contains a similar blend with trials winner Robbie Simpson leading the charge. Simpson has been an ever present in the GB & NI team for the European Championships since entering the senior ranks three years ago, with 19th his best finish to date. He’ll be joined by former junior international Tom Addison who along with Inter Counties winner Shaun Dixon and trials runner up Andrew Douglas all make their debuts at this level.
On the team’s prospects, team leader Sarah Rowell commented: “As is often the case with our European Championship teams, we have nice blend of new and familiar faces.
“The likes of Emma and Sarah have been there and done it before at this level, and so know what it takes to perform on the day. Last year we secured three of the four team medals on offer at both the European and World Championships, so it would be great to replicate that and challenge for individual medals.”
Great Britain & Northern Ireland Team
Tom Addison (Helm Hill)
Shaun Dixon (Highgate Harriers)
Andrew Douglas (Inverclyde)
Robbie Simpson (Deeside)
Emma Clayton (Bingley Harriers)
Megan Crawford (Fife)
Sarah Tunstall (Kendal)
Katie Walshaw (Holmfirth)
Jacob Adkin (Moorfoot)
Iolo Hughes (Menai)
Andrew Lawler (Edinburgh AC)
Ciaran Lewis (Cardiff AC)
Catriona Graves (Garscube)
Zara Knappy (Keighley & Craven)
Georgia Malir (Ilkley)
Lydia Sharpe (Gateshead Harriers)