Jess Judd, Phoebe Law, Sophie Duarte and Adam Hickey are among athletes racing at Llandaff Fields

The 2018-19 British Athletics Cross Challenge series kicks off on Saturday with leading domestic runners facing a sprinkling of international opponents at Cardiff’s Llandaff Fields.

Sophie Duarte, the 2013 European cross-country champion, adds an overseas element to a largely British line-up, while Imana Truyers, a Rwanda-born Belgium runner, will also be a strong contender. The 24-year-old won the women’s race at the Brussels CrossCup last winter and is improving fast after settling in her new country.

Also in the women’s line-up is Sara Treacy of Ireland. As a Birchfield Harrier and doctor working in Birmingham, Treacy is well known to the British runners and her achievements include competing in the steeplechase at the Rio Olympics.

For an early-season race, an unusually large number of top domestic runners are out in force. They include reigning English National and Inter-Counties champion Phoebe Law, defending champion Jess Judd (pictured) and Kate Avery.

In addition, senior women’s entries include Emily Hosker Thornhill, Mhairi Maclennan, Louise Small, Stevie Stockton, Lydia Turner and Beijing Olympian Kate Reed.

English National champion Adam Hickey leads the men’s fields along with former Inter-Counties winner Richard Goodman, Jonny Hay, Mahamed Mahamed, Ellis Cross, Corey De’Ath and Cardiff-based Dan Nash.

There are also several runners making the trip from Malta.

Timetable

11.30am U11 girls (1250m)
11.40am U11 boys (1250m)
11.50am U13 girls (2780m)
12.05pm U13 boys (2780m)
12.20pm U17 men (5560m)
12.45pm U17/20 women (4450m)
1.10pm U15 girls (3200m)
1.25pm U15 boys (3200m)
1.40pm Senior/masters women (6400m)
2.25pm U20 men (6400m)
2.55pm Senior/masters men (9600m)

» See the October 11 edition of AW for our full preview, including details of the young athletes’ races