Ross Houston and Hannah Oldroyd among athletes on eight-strong team for Doha, while a British team of 12 has also been announced for the IAU World Trail Running Championships in Portugal
An eight-strong Great Britain team has been selected for the IAU 50km World Championships on November 11 in Doha.
Featuring four females and four males, the team will take on ten consecutive 5km loops in Qatar’s capital.
Having debuted in the 50km discipline earlier this year, Ross Houston will make his international bow in the event in Qatar, with the Scotsman looking to better his time of 2:56.37 achieved at Perth’s Self-Transcendence race back in March.
Joining Houston in Doha will be Michael Kallenberg, who competes for the second consecutive year on the back of an eighth place finish in his 50km debut last year. Welshman Kallenberg posted a marathon personal best of 2:21:38 in London this year.
Andrew Davies and Stuart Robinson complete the British male team, with both men debuting over the distance having sufficiently impressed over 26.2 miles. September’s marathon in Berlin saw Davies take two minutes off his career best with a 2:16:55 posting, whilst Salford Harriers athlete Robinson also revised his career best to 2:21:35 in the same event.
Heading up the female participants will be Hannah Oldroyd, who ran a strong personal best time of 3:34:33 in Perth’s 50km back in March to claim victory in the female field, finishing eighth overall. The time marked a 20 minute improvement from her first shot at 50km back in 2014, and the Saltaire Striders athlete will strive for further progress in Doha.
Amy Clements, Samantha Amend and Rebecca Hilland all debut over 50km. In doing so, Hilland will look to build on the momentum gained from her career best of 2:39:45 in this year’s London Marathon.
Team leader Walter Hill commented: “We’ve selected two strong and diverse teams for this year’s IAU 50km World Championships, both of whom should be aiming for the podium.”
British team for the IAU 50km World Championships in Doha
Meanwhile, a 12-strong British team has been announced for the IAU World Trail Running Championships in Geres, Portugal, on October 29.
Tom Owens leads the team after narrowly missing out on a podium place in the individual event last year in Annecy, France. He recorded a time of 8:23.26, but played an important part in securing the bronze medal in the team event.
The 34-year-old, who placed fourth at the World Long distance Mountain Running Championships at the weekend, will look to get amongs the medals this time around on the 85km undulating course featuring 4500m of climbing.
Joining Owens in the senior men’s team is Edinburgh-based Donnie Campbell, who broke the course record by eleven minutes on route to winning the Hoka Highland Fling Race, which doubled up as the British trials. He recorded a time of 6:51:06 with Damien Hall and 2014 UK trail champion Kim Collison taking second and third respectively. Andy Symonds and Tom Payne complete the men’s line up for the championships.
On his selection, Campbell said: “It has been a dream of mine since I got into ultra-running in 2010 to run for my country so I am delighted to be selected to run for the British team at the Word Trail Championship in Portugal this year. We have a very strong team this year with great runners who are on top form and have loads of experience so I am feeling confident British team can build on their success from last year at Annecy.”
Owens was not alone in his record-breaking feats, with Beth Pascall entering herself into the record books by breaking the women’s course record which had stood since 2008. Pascall’s time at the trials was 7:52:55 as she finished ahead of Sally Fawcett, who secured the second automatic spot in 8:14.16. Sally Grant, the third automatic placer, was just under a minute behind with 8:15.04.
Jo Zakrzewski will bring a wealth of distance running experience to the team, as will Holly Rush, who was ninth in the marathon at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and Jo Meek, fourth at the IAU World 100km World Championships in 2014.
Hill said: “We have selected a very strong team to compete at the upcoming IAU World Trail Championships in Portugal.
“There is significant international experience within the ranks and I’m sure this will be essential in the build-up and indeed during the championships itself.”
British team for the IAU World Trail Running Championships