Strong squad also includes Tom Farrell as a discretionary selection
A strong Great Britain & Northern Ireland team will head to Budapest for the European Cross Country Championships on December 9 hoping to continue the country’s long-held position as the leading nation in the event.
UKA announced the 36 athletes picked for Hungary and, though the selection was largely based on the trial in Liverpool last Saturday, Tom Farrell was the most notable inclusion.
The US-based runner was given the single discretionary place on the senior team after his excellent ninth in the NCAA Championships earlier this month.
This was despite the 21-year-old’s tirade against UKA quoted in last week’s issue of AW. He said the federation’s unspoken selection policy was discriminating against NCAA-based British athletes.
Following UKA’s placing high emphasis on the trial race, Frank Tickner, who was sixth in Liverpool, may feel aggrieved to have missed out.
The first five seniors and first six under-23s and under-20s from the trial were automatically picked.
Selectors opted to include the three under-23 women who placed in the top five in Liverpool in their own age group rather than in the seniors.
It means Britain will be favourite to maintain the stranglehold it has had on the under-23 women’s team title since it was inaugurated in 2006.
The junior women, led by defending individual champion Emelia Gorecka, will be looking to claim a seventh team gold medal in the age group in eight years.
GB & NI team
Senior men: Jonathan Taylor, Andy Vernon, Steve Vernon, Tom Humphries, Keith Gerrard, Tom Farrell
Senior women: Caryl Jones, Beth Potter, Elle Baker, Rosie Smith, Emily Wicks, Katrina Wootton
Under-23 men: Jonny Hay, Nick Goolab, Simon Horsfield, James Wilkinson, Scott McDonald, Dewi Griffiths
Under-23 women: Hannah Alderson, Jess Coulson, Lauren Howarth, Lily Partridge, Beth Potter, Hannah Walker
Under-20 men: Ian Bailey, Charlie Grice, Charlie Hulson, Kieran Clements, Luke Traynor, William Paulson
Under-20 women: Emelia Gorecka, Jennifer Walsh, Jessica Judd, Alex Clay, Annabel Mason, Rhona Auckland