Ricky Lightfoot has been chosen to lead the 12-strong British team for the World Trail Championships at Annecy, France, in May. The decision will be of extra importance to Lightfoot, who is set to defend the IAU World Trail Championships title he won in Wales in 2013.
Two years ago, Lightfoot led team GB to gold, clocking 5:36:03 in Llanwrst to win over the 77km course. Since then, the Cumbria runner has enjoyed a successful couple of seasons, taking first place at the Three Peaks challenge (23.2 miles and a 5276 ft decent) in April 2014 and third place at the Derwentwater 10 in Keswick.
Lightfoot will be joined in Annecy by top British male at last year’s IAU World 100km Championships, Paul Giblin, plus Kim Collison, winner of last year’s Lakeland 50. Joining these three will be Paul Raistrick, Tom Owens and Lee Kemp.
The woman’s team is shaping up to be equally as strong, with Jo Meek, who took fourth at the IAU World 100km Championships in Qatar. Holly Rush, Sally Fawcett, Lizzie Wraith, Sarah Morwood and Bonnie Van Wilgenburg comprise the rest of the female squad.