Simplyhealth Great Stirling XCountry fields
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