England has a long tradition of success at the Snowdon International Mountain Race, with the men being defending team champions, we have selected very strong teams with Chris Smith – a former winner in 2016 – back to try and regain his individual title on 21 July 2018.
Team Manager Mark Corasdale said, “We always have high hopes of success at the Snowdon Mountain race, it’s a tough ascent and the descent burns your feet. It’s very different to many international mountain races, but is a classic race that many athletes want to win.”
- Chris Smith (Club: Thames Valley Harriers, Coaches: Phil O’Dell and Mark Lloyd)
- Chris Holdsworth (Club: Ribble Valley Harriers, Coach: Chris Barnes)
- Tom Addison (Club: Helm Hill, Coach: Billy Procter)
- Harry Holmes (Club: Pudsey and Bramley)
- Katie Walshaw (Club: Ribble Valley Harriers, Coach: Chris Barnes)
- Annie Roberts (Club: Todmorden)
- Louisa Powell-Smith (Club: Ribble Valley Harriers, Coach: Chris Barnes)
- Sophie Noon (Club: Cumberland Fell Runners)
Chris Smith is our most experienced international, having represented GB&NI on numerous occasions and was the winner at Snowdon in 2016. Chris Holdsworth represented GB&NI at last year’s World Long Distance Mountain race in Italy and was 4th last year at Snowdon; he is looking to break into the top 3 this year! Tom Addison was part of the GB&NI team that won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships held in Wales, though recently has been injured and is now getting back to form. Harry Holmes is new to the international scene and made his England debut at the recent Home International incorporated into the European Mountain Running Trial in early June. Harry was 2nd at the trial race held at Settle Hills.
Katie Walshaw is our most experienced female athlete, and- like Chris Smith – has represented GB&NI and England on numerous occasions. Katie was 3rd at Snowdon in 2015 and hopes to regain that impressive of form. Annie Roberts will be making her international debut after having an great run to win the selection race at Settle Hills. Louisa Powell-Smith will also be making her England debut after finishing 2nd at Settle Hills, pushing Annie all the way to the finish. Sophie Noon is another athlete making their England debut having finished 9th at the European trial, Sophie is new to mountain running and is having an excellent season.