Mountain Running Team announced for Senior Home Countries International

England Athletics are pleased to announce the representative team selected for the Senior Home International Mountain race which will take place on 21 September in Llanberis, North Wales.  The competition between the home countries is incorporated into the 2019 British Athletics World Mountain Running Championships Trial.

Additional information about event (for example past team successes, first time we have entered a team etc.). This is the 9th Mountain Running Home International and England have been very successful having had 9 Individual winners, on top of that the men and women have won the team title 7 times each and are both defending team champions.

Team managers are Mark Croasdale and Alec Duffield. Mark commented, “With selection at stake for the World Mountain Running Championships to be held in Villa La Angostura, Argentina on the 15th November as well as the Home International we are expecting some fantastic racing in both men’s and women’s events. We’ve selected strong teams and are determined to retain our team titles“”

Teams

Men

  • Tom Adams (Ilkley Harriers)
  • Joe Baxter (Pudsey & Bramley AC)
  • Chris Holdsworth (Ribble Valley Harriers)
  • Max Nicholls (Tonbridge AC Pete Brenchley)
  • Max Wainwright (U23) (Dark Peak FR)
  • Will Marshall (U23) (Eden Runners)

Women

  • Phillipa Williams (Sheffield RC)
  • Kate Maltby (Bristol and West)
  • Emma Gould (Mercia Fell Runners/Birchfield Harriers William Laye)
  • Emmie Collinge
  • Jemima Elgood (Ilkley Harriers)

Tom Adams won the England trial race at Pendleton after some time out with injury, he has representing England and GB&NI on numerous occasions and is one of our most experienced athletes, he last ran for England at Snowdon in 2017 finishing 3rd. Joe Baxter made his England debut at this year’s Snowdon International Mountain race finishing 8th and was 3rd at the recent England trial at Pendleton to gain selection. Chris Holdsworth last represented England at the Snowdon International mountain race in 2018 finishing 2nd, in the same year he also represented GB&NI at the World Long Distance Mountain Championships in Italy. After struggling with an injury Chris is back in form and finished 2nd at the trial race at Pendleton, Max Nicholls has a wealth of experience running on the mountains, having represented England and GB&NI as a junior and senior at the World Mountain Running Championships. Max was 1st at this year’s Inter Counties’ Fell Running Championships. Max Wainwright had an outstanding run to finish 4th in the recent trial ahead of many experienced athletes, he’s also the leading U23 athlete in the British and English Fell Running Championships, this will be is his first England vest. Will Marshall is probably our least experienced athlete and will also be making his England debut, he has the unenviable task of combining university in London and racing on the Mountains.

Phillipa Williams had a fantastic race to win our recent trial having only competed 3 times on the fells before, Phillipa has also been excelling on the roads and in May won the Sunderland Half Marathon in a very impressive 76mins 40sec. Kate Maltby has represented GB&NI at the World Mountain Running Championships 3 times in the past, but hasn’t run on the mountains for 5 years so to finish 2nd at the recent England trial at Pendleton was a superb run. Emma Gould represented GB&NI at the European Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt in July and was 3rd in the recent trial at Pendleton to gain selection. Last season Emma won the bronze medal that the European Championships in Macedonia as well as representing GB&NI at the World Championships. Emmie Collinge is another coming back from injury and was the European Mountain Running Champion in 2016, Emmie was 2nd at the World Championships when they were held in Betws y coed in 2015. Jemima Elgood has represented England on the mountains as a junior and made her senior debut at this year’s Snowdon International Mountain race finishing a 11th. Jemima has also run an impressive 35mins 33sec 10km this season and is our leading u23 athlete.