Great Bri­tain se­lec­tion beck­ons for Moun­sey

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

Calder Val­ley’s Ben Moun­sey is set to ex­change his Eng­land vest for a Great Bri­tain one af­ter a su­perb sixth place in North Wales last week­end. Moun­sey built on his bril­liant third at the re­cent Snow­don Moun­tain race when com­pet­ing in the Home In­ter­na­tion­als at Betws-y-coed.

Satur­day’s race saw him pit­ted against the best fell and moun­tain run­ners in the UK.

For­ti­fied by his now leg­endary 500km train­ing months and a more num­ber one spots than One Di­rec­tion, he showed he is now the real deal.

Moun­sey ad­mit­ted he had been aim­ing for a top 15 place against the strong­est ri­vals he’d ever faced.

He is a famed for be­ing quick off the blocks but starts in a field as good as this are akin to an F1 grid, where it’s right foot down for the first cor­ner and we’ll see who blinks first.

The race was based on three laps of a course and Moun­sey had to gird his loins and swal­low hard to keep tabs with the lead­ers on lap one.

“The po­si­tions changed af­ter ev­ery lap, all ex­cept sixth which I was never pre­pared to give up,” said the Brooks­bank School teacher.

“The third and fi­nal lap nearly broke me, I’ve never de­stroyed my­self as much to pro­tect a po­si­tion in a race.”

“With Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Chris Steele breath­ing down my neck on the fi­nal de­scent I threw my­self down the track and gave it ev­ery­thing I had left to hang on for sixth.

“I still can’t be­lieve I’ve man­aged to do it, es­pe­cially on a course which re­ally didn’t suit.”

Moun­sey helped Eng­land to the team prize and had three re­cent Bri­tish cham­pi­ons be­hind him - Si­mon Bai­ley in 10th, Rob Hope in 12th and Lloyd Tag­gart in 24th.

The race was won by Scot Rob­bie Simp­son, who will spear­head a GB team which will now in­clude Moun­sey.

Ben Moun­sey on his way to sixth last week­end

Ris­ing track and field stars: Hal­i­fax Har­ri­ers’ (from left) Lucy Pud­de­phatt, Lucy Hall, Max Bur­gin and Ella Gill.

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