Team gold for GB junior women in Poland

Britain’s athletes secure team gold, silver and bronze at the World Mountain Running Championships as Emma Clayton wins individual silver

Malir, Mason, Graves European Championships Bulgaria

Britain’s mountain runners continued their successful year on Sunday, winning team medals in three of four races at the World Mountain Running Championships in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland.

There was an individual silver for Emma Clayton in the senior women’s race, as well as team gold for the GB junior women, team silver for the senior women and the junior men bagged team bronze.

The up-and-down course seemed to suit the British athletes, who had been looking to build on earlier successes after winning team medals in an identical three out of four races at the European Championships in Bulgaria in July.

Annabel Mason, Georgia Malir and Catriona Graves placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively over 4.65km in the first race of the day. The trio, who won team silver at the Europeans this year (pictured), took the junior women’s team title with nine points ahead of the USA and Russia.

The senior women’s team consisted of the same athletes who won the European team championships in 2012 – Clayton, Mary Wilkinson and Katie Walshaw – with the addition of Sarah Tunstall, the 2009 individual bronze medallist.

It was Clayton who led the team home over the 9.08km course, her second-place finish in 43:12 helping to secure the team silver as Tunstall clocked 44:40 for eighth, Wilkinson 45:04 for 12th and Walshaw 46:01 for 16th.

Italy took team gold led by individual winner Alice Gaggi with a surprise victory in 42:47, while Ireland took team bronze.

Senior men Poland (Credit: Ste Moran)Over in the senior men’s race and it was Uganda that dominated, taking the top four spots. Philip Kiplimo clocked 54:22 over the 13.56km course, as Geoffrey Kusuro crossed the line in 55:06 for silver, Nathan Ayeko 55:19 for bronze and Peter Kibet 55:27 for fourth.

Italy’s Bernard Dematteis was the next athlete home, clocking 55:44 to lead his team to silver, while Turkey, led by Arslan Ahmet, took team bronze. Chris Smith was the first Brit home, crossing the line in 58:13 for 19th as the British team finished seventh.

There was also a team medal for GB in the junior men’s race, as Bradley Travis led his team-mates Max Nicholls, Nathan Jones and Max Wharton home with his sixth-place finish over the 9.08km course. The team bagged bronze behind the Czech Republic and Italy.

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