Mahon: Euro Cross is a stepping stone

New UKA endurance coach is looking forward to a successful first trip in charge of a British team

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New national endurance coach Terrence Mahon looks guaranteed a successful first trip as a GB team manager this weekend, but he stresses that the European Cross Country Championships should act as a learning curve rather than just a medal hunting-ground.

The American has recently been handed the task of trying to return British middle and long-distance running to former glories and he knows it won’t be as easy as continuing Britain’s recent domination of the Euro Cross.

Mahon, who arrived in Loughborough with a great reputation having coached Ryan Hall, Josh Cox, Deena Kastor, Jenn Rhines and Anna Pierce, said: “What’s great about things like the Euro Cross and the Euro Indoors is that it teaches these kids to be better competitors and gives them opportunities to be on the front end of packs when maybe they wouldn’t be at the World Cross Country.

“I’m a big one for athletes knowing how to compete and I’ve always liked to start athletes where they have shots to compete. We can use those for great learning tools and they those on to the bigger events as their fitness improves.”

Mahon said he was impressed with the talent on display when he attended the Euro Cross Trials in Liverpool last month.

The team of 36 selected from the Trials will have a tough act to follow in Budapest on Sunday after Britain’s recent record in the event. Britain leads the all-time medal table with 91 medals compared to 59 for the next best, France. However, it is in recent years that the effect has most be seen – GB has topped the medal table each year since 2003 and last year the medal tally was a record six golds, five silvers and a bronze.

GB & NI team for Budapest
Senior men: Tom Farrell, Keith Gerrard, Tom Humphries, Jonathan Taylor, Andy Vernon, Steve Vernon
Senior women: Elle Baker, Louise Damen, Caryl Jones, Rosie Smith, Emily Wicks, Katrina Wootton
U23 men: Nick Goolab, Dewi Griffiths, Jonny Hay, Simon Horsfield, Scott McDonald, James Wilkinson
U23 women: Hannah Alderson, Jess Coulson, Lauren Howarth, Lily Partridge, Beth Potter, Hannah Walker
U20 men: Ian Bailey, Kieran Clements, Charlie Grice, Charlie Hulson, William Paulson, Luke Traynor
U20 women: Rhona Auckland, Alex Clay, Emelia Gorecka, Jessica Judd, Annabel Mason, Jenny Walsh.

» See the latest print edition of AW for our full preview of Budapest – out December 6.

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