A look ahead to the five-nations match in Glasgow
Last year, when the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International was held in Dublin, the Irish hosts delivered their best overall team performance in the history of the event when they took eight titles, but the previously dominant England nevertheless came out on top with nine.
With the championship cycle moving to Glasgow for this year’s event on Saturday (November 12), the Scots hope they can claim their first team trophy since 2007.
Scottish hopes rest with three-time W50 winner Fiona Matheson in her new W55 group, but England should score again in the W50s, where Clare Elms seeks a hat-trick.
New to the championship is England’s W35 Emma Macready, who is keen to unseat the Republic’s 2015 overall winner Ann-Marie McGlynn.
Ireland’s Carmel Parnell would take her eighth successive age-group title and tenth overall if she can retain her W60 title.
After winning world medals in Perth, England’s John Skelton and David Oxland contest the M65s against Ireland’s Martin McEvilly.
Also back from retaining his 5000m title in Australia is England’s Ben Reynolds, the 2014 M50 winner. He faces Wales’ best chance in four-time M45 winner Austin Davies and Ireland’s Pauric McKinney.
Northern Ireland’s hopes rest with their sole W70, Brigid Quinn, but she should be challenged by England’s holder Dot Fellows.
» See the November 10 edition of AW magazine for further details, including a timetable, while the November 17 magazine will feature reports, pictures and results from the event