Sim­ply­health Great Stir­ling XCoun­try fields

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LED by Laura Muir, Bri­tain has the chance in Stir­ling next month to gain re­venge over the Span­ish win­ners of the mixed re­lay at the Euro Cross in Til­burg.

Muir will be joined by Phil Se­se­mann, Alex Bell and Jamie Wil­liamson as they take on the Span­ish quar­tet of Saúl Or­dóñez, Es­ther Guer­rero,

Vic­tor Ruiz and Solange Pereira who took the Euro­pean ti­tle this month.

The Span­ish vic­tory came af­ter Bri­tain’s lead-off run­ner in Til­burg, Jamie Wil­liamson, tripped and fell. The team fought back to fin­ish fourth but with a lit­tle more luck and Muir as an an­chor run­ner in Stir­ling on Jan­uary 12, the re­sult might be dif­fer­ent.

The race is one of the high­lights of the Sim­ply­health Great Stir­ling XCoun­try, which is tele­vised on BBC and the first big do­mes­tic meet­ing of 2019.

In the men’s 8km race, Andy Ver­non re­turns to ac­tion af­ter miss­ing the Euro Cross due to in­jury, with Char­lie Hul­son, Kris­tian Jones, Ross Milling­ton, Nick Goolab and Pa­trick Dever join­ing him in the GB team.

Kate Av­ery, who won the Great Ed­in­burgh XCoun­try in 2016, joins the lead­ing Brit from Til­burg, Char­lotte Arter, plus fel­low team sil­ver medal­lists Pippa Wool­ven, Jess Pi­asecki and Ver­ity Ock­enden.

In ad­di­tion, Grace Brock and Matt Wil­lis are part of a GB team in a ju­nior mixed re­lay over 4x1km, al­though there are no in­di­vid­ual ju­nior races this time.

The Europe team is led by Anna Em­i­lie Møller, the Euro­pean un­der-23 cham­pion in cross-coun­try and 3000m steeple­chase who is from Den­mark but is based at St Mary’s Univer­sity in Lon­don.

Europe’s men’s team, mean­while, in­cludes the sil­ver and bronze medal­lists from Til­burg – Isaac Kimeli from Bel­gium and Aras Kaya from Turkey, plus Swe­den’s Napoleon Solomon and Spain’s Adel Mechaal, while the United States team had yet to be an­nounced as AW went to press.

Look out for a full pre­view of the Sim­ply­health Great Stir­ling XCoun­try in our Jan­uary 10 is­sue

Laura Muir: will an­chor Bri­tain’s mixed re­lay team

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