Surprises at GB Euro Cross Trials

The formbook was turned on its head in Sefton Park as GB athletes challenged for spots at next month’s European Cross Country Championships in Budapest

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Jonathan Taylor and Jessica Coulson took the senior victories at Britain’s European Cross Country Trials in Liverpool on Saturday.

On a boggy course, Taylor scored by far the biggest win of his career over a closely matched field. In the battle of the Vernons for second place, Andy beat Steve in a close run for the line.

As another of the new guard took hold of the women’s race, Coulson ran away from mid-race challenger Hannah Walker, while Louise Damen was third.

In the women’s under-20/under-17 race, European junior champion Emelia Gorecka narrowly avoided a shock defeat as she held off the fast-finishing Jennifer Walsh. Both were given the same time, 10 seconds ahead of Jessica Judd.

Ian Bailey won the under-20 men’s race by three seconds from Charlie Grice. Charlie Huslson was third.

Leading results…

Senior men: 1 J Taylor 29:55; 2 A Vernon 29:59; 3 S Vernon 30:00; 4 T Humphries 30:03; 5 K Gerrard 40:04; 6 F Tickner 30:07; 7 T Lancashire 30:12; 8 A Hickey 30:17; 9 N Hall 30:19; 10 J Hay (U23) 30:20. Other leading U23s: 14 N Goolab (U23) 30:28; 16 S Horsfield (U23) 30:45; 20 J Wilkinson (U23) 30:53; 21 S McDonald (U23) 30:53; 22 D Griffiths (U23) 30:5

Senior women: 1 J Coulson (U23) 27:41; 2 H Walker (U23) 27:48; 3 L Damen 27:55; 4 C Jones 28:15; 5 B Potter (U23) 28:17; 6 R Smith 28:20; L Partridge 28:29; 8 E Baker 28:31; 9 K Wootton 28:38; 10 L Howarth (U23) 28:42. Other leading U23s: 23 H Alderson (U23) 29:36; 24 L Lattimore 29:37

U20 men: 1 I Bailey 20:50; 2 C Grice 20:53; 3 C Hulson 20:55; 4 K Clements 21:00; 5 L Traynor 21:02; 6 W Paulson 21:05

U20/U17 women: 1 E Gorecka 15:17; 2 J Walsh 15:17; 3 J Judd 15:27; 4 B Clay (U17) 15:33; 5 A Mason (U17) 15:37; 6 R Auckland 15:40; 7 A Clay (U17) 15:44; 8 R Weston 15:49

U17 men: 1 J Hopkins 18:03; 2 E Gillham 18:13; 3 S Chalmers 18:16

U15 boys: 1 J Kerr 10:05; 2 A Waterson 10:08; 3 W Richardson 10:1

U15 girls: 1 H Knowles-Jones 11:04; 2 K Rowe 11:16; 3 L Stark 11:1

U13 boys: 1 R Gray 10:45; 2 M Rawlings 10:55; 3 D Tierney 10:5

U13 girls: 1 K Mhlanga 11:18; 2 K A McDonald 11:27; 3 A Lancaster 11:2

U11 boys/girls: 1 S Evans 7:09; 2 B Forrest 7:31; 3 S Dean 7:36. Girls: 1 K Miller 7:49; 2 H Howson 8:14; 3 J Dougall 8:16

» In-depth reports, photos and results in the November 29 issue of Athletics Weekly

One Response to “Surprises at GB Euro Cross Trials”

  1. sidelined says:

    Results given elsewhere state that Lily Partridge came 7th in the senior women's race.

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