A team of eight athletes represented England at the Asics Home Nations 5k in Cardiff on Saturday.
The inaugural Asics Home Nations 5k race saw a team of four women and four men compete against Wales and Scotland and a range of invited teams representing various brands and organisations.
The women's race was won by Scottish international Annabel Simpson stretching clear of a very strong field to win in 15:51 from Welsh athlete Jennifer Nesbitt (15:53) and Georgie Grgec representing sportsshoes.com (15:54). The England women's team saw several athletes gaining their first international vests and they packed well to take the team title.
First home for England was Ellie Wallace (Julian Emery, North Somerset) in 4th place running 16:01 just ahead of fast finishing Jess Gibbon (Reading AC) in 5th with 16:02. The team was completed by strong performances from 8th placed Rebecca Johnson (Lewis Walker, Highgate) in 16:11 and 9th placed Elle Twentyman (Taunton) in 16:14.
The men's team also faced strong competition as Jake Smith running for the Sunday Plodcast team took the win in 14:05 from Richard Allen competing for sportshoes.com in 14:09 and Callum Elson competing for Puresport in 14:10. The men's team victory went to Puresport with England finishing in 2nd.
The team was led home by Jonathan Cornish (Craig Winrow, Hercules Wimbledon) finishing 11th in 14:20, with Ricky Harvie (Aldershot, Farnham & District) 14th in 14:31, Cameron Bell (Keith Whitelam, Hallamshire) 15th in 14:32 and Callum Jones (Hugo van den Broek, Cornwall AC) 19th in 14:42.
The event organised by Welsh Athletics in partnership with Podium 5k saw four races take place throughout the evening, all within the grounds of Bute Park in Central Cardiff.
If you would like to be considered to represent England on the road, please carefully read the selection policies for each event and ensure you put in an expression of interest via the link in the policy.
- Visit the England Teams and Selection page for further information, with more opportunities announced soon.