Mountain Running Senior Home International: team selected
The 2015 British Athletics World Mountain Running Championships Trial will be incorporating the Mountain Running Senior Home International competition. This takes place at Betws-y-Coed on 22nd August 2015.
This is the 6th Mountain Running Home International and England have been very successful with the men winning the team event 4 times and the women’s team winning 3 times. Individually England have had 6 winners with Emma Clayton hoping to defend her title for a second time and make it 3 in a row.
Tom Adams (Club: Ilkley Harriers)
Simon Bailey (Club: Mercia Fell Runners)
Ben Mounsey (Club: Calder Valley Fell Runners)
Chris Smith (Club: Thames Valley Harriers, Coach: Frank Horwell)
Will Buswell (U23) (Club: Gosforth Harriers & AC, Coach: Colin Haggie)
Tom Saville (U23) (Club: Dark Peak Fell Runners, Coach: Stuart Hale)
Emma Clayton (Club: Leeds City, Coach: Andy Henderson)
Annie Conway (Club: Ambleside)
Katie Walshaw (Club: Holmfirth, Coach: Kath Farquhar)
Victoria Wilkinson (Club: Bingley)
Caroline Lambert (U23) (Club: Wetherby, Coach: Bill Foster)
Sally Ratcliffe (23) (Club: Stockport, Coach: David Turnbull)
Chris Farrell (Club: Horwich)
Steve Hebblethwaite(Club: Keswick AC)
Will Neill (Club: Mercia Fell Runners, Coach: John Danahay)
Gary Priestley (Club: Salford Harriers, Coach: Bashir Hussain)
Emmie Collinge (Club: Vegetarian C&AC)
Rebecca Hilland (Club: Team Bath, Coach: Jan Fjaerestad)
Hannah Horsburgh (Club: Keswick AC, Coach: Paul Barnes)
Becky Penty (Club: Knavesmire, Coach: Jackie Newton)
Zara Knappy (U23) (Club: Keighley&Craven, Coach: Andy Henderson)
Tom Adams was 3rd at the Inter Counties mountain race to gain selection for the Home International, he recently represented England at the Snowdon International finishing in an impressive 5th position.
Simon Bailey is a 6 time English Fell Running Champion and gained selection when finishing 6th at the recent Inter Counties Mountain race. Ben Mounsey also ran well at the Inter Counties but his 3rd at this year’s Snowdon International Mountain race is by far his most impressive performance to date. Chris Smith is one of our most experienced international runners and was part of the silver medal winning Great Britain Mountain Running Team at the European Championships in Madeira in July. Will Buswell is new to mountain running and made an impressive start when finishing the 1st U23 at the recent European Mountain Running Trial. Tom Saville was selected for the U23 team when finishing 5th and 1st U23 at the Ingleborough Mountain Race in Yorkshire.
Emma Clayton is currently Britain’s most successful mountain runner and has won this race for the last 2 years. She won a bronze medal at the European Championships in July. Annie Conway is new to mountain running and is an exciting prospect – she was part of the GB&NI gold medal winning team at the European Championships in July, finishing in a creditable 11th place. Katie Walshaw has been an established member of the GB&NI mountain running team for 3 years, contributing to team medals. She was 5th in the Inter Counties Mountain Race and 3rd in the Snowdon race in 2015. Victoria Wilkinson has been competing internationally since 1997. After a 3 year break from internationals she returned spectacularly at the 2015 European Championships with an individual 6th place and team gold. Caroline Lambert continues to build on her U20 international successes. After her best ever xc season she will be looking for a good performance here. Sally Ratcliffe represented England at U20 level – this is her first U23 vest which she has earned with strong performance at the European trial.
Chris Farrell was injured in the early part of the season and has come back strongly to run a PB for 10km of 30m 35s and finish an excellent 7th at the recently held Snowdon International Mountain race. Steve Hebblethwaite is making his debut for England after winning the recent trial race at the Ingleborough Mountain race. Will Neill is also making his senior debut having progressed from the U23 team and finished a strong 2nd at the Ingleborough Mountain race. Gary Priestley recently represented England at the Snowdon International Mountain race finishing 9th making sure England were the 1st team.
Emmie Collinge has been putting in some impressive performances in Switzerland and Italy, where she lives. This is her England debut following her run at the Snowdon Super Cup, where she recorded the fastest ever women’s time to the summit. Rebecca Hilland runs for England for the 2nd time after finishing 6th in the Inter Counties and 5th in the European trial. Hannah Horsburgh is new to mountain running and is improving fast. She makes her debut for England after an impressive win at the Ingleborough trial race, where she broke the long-standing course record. Becky Penty has earned her place with a second place at the Ingleborough trial and also competed for England in this event last season. Zara Knappy was a member of the GB&NI U20 mountain running team that won a silver team medal in the 2014 European Championships. This is her first England vest as an U23.
The England team managers will be Mark Croasdale, Anne Buckley, and Greg Hull (U23). Mark commented, "With selection at stake for the World Mountain Running Championships to be held over the same course in September we expect the competition to be fierce in both men’s and women’s races."