Athletes achieve a number of qualifying marks during the team match
GB announces IAU World Trail Championships teamMarch 17, 2017
Jo Zakrzewski is among those selected alongside trials winners Tom Payn and Julie Briscoe
A 10-strong Great Britain team has been announced for the IAU World Trail Championships in Badia Prataglia, Italy, on June 10.
Following his victory in 3:54.18 over 32 miles at the official trial event, the Haworth Hobble, last weekend, Tom Payn will head up the quintet of senior men as he bids to better his 47th place finish from last year’s championships.
Company to the Run Fast athlete comes from Gareth Hughes and Matt Thomas, with both athletes securing automatic selection following respective second and third place finishes at the trials. Scot Kyle Grieg earns his first British vest for the championships after claiming fourth at the trial.
The top three female finishers from Haworth’s trial event are all present on the team following resolute runs in Yorkshire, with GB team debutant Julie Briscoe heading up the women’s team following her victory last weekend.
Competing at her third consecutive IAU World Trail Championships, Sally Fawcett joins Briscoe on the team, with Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn also selected following an impressive run for third at the Hobble.
Carnethy athlete Helen Bonsor is selected after her fourth place finish at the trial and will be joined by last year’s world trail team bronze medallists Jo Meek and Jo Zakrzewski (pictured).
GB team for the IAU World Trail Championships
Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn