The GB and NI team for the Great Edinburgh XCountry on Saturday 10 January has been announced, with double Olympic, European and world champion Mo Farah set to take part. In addition to Farah, the team will also comprise a host of athletes who competed at the recent European Cross Country Championships.
Farah has enjoyed considerable success at cross country events before: as a 15-year-old, he won the intermediate boys’ race at the 1999 English Schools’ Cross Country Championships in Luton. In 2006, he claimed his first international title when he won the senior men’s race at the European Cross Country Championships at San Giorgio su Lugano in Italy.
The 31-year-old, who will be making his first cross country appearance since winning at the event in 2011, will be joined in the senior men’s team by a strong team that includes Andrew Butchart, Luke Caldwell, Callum Hawkins, Ross Millington and Jonathan Davies.
Gemma Steel, fresh from taking gold at the European Cross Country Championships, will lead the senior women’s team and will head to Holyrood Park looking for a repeat performance of 2014 when she won the senior women’s race by nine seconds. The women’s field is looking similarly strong, with Emelia Gorecka, Rhona Auckland, Jess Judd, and Sonia Samuels, among those who will accompany Steel.
British Athletics’ performance director, Neil Black said: “It’s great to see such depth in the GB & NI team heading to Scotland for the Great Edinburgh XCountry next month. With the great performances in Bulgaria combined with a number of strong additions to the team, I am confident that we can be competitive against what will be strong American and European teams.”