Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Brussels international XC preview


IAAF Brussels International cross-country preview

England will send full teams to the IAAF Brussels International cross-country this Sunday, as the Belgium capital welcomes many athletes who just missed selection for last weekend’s European Championships, writes Nicola Bamford.

Leading the way for the senior men will be Blackheath and Bromley’s Mike Skinner. The 30-year-old finished a fine thirteenth in last weekend’s European cross-country Championships in Dublin and will be duly supported by 21-year-old New Marske Harrier; Ricky Stevenson, who was eighth under23 in the Irish capital. Lewis Timmins; the 22-year-old from Gosforth and eleventh under23 last weekend, will also compete; with Altrincham’s 31-year-old Dave Norman completing the English Lion’s squad; managed by Eamonn Martin.

The England ladies’ team – managed by Sue Lamb - will be spearheaded by 22-year-old Woodford Green with Essex Ladies athlete; Felicity Milton and Charnwood’s 35-year-old Tara Krzywicki. Kendal’s 27-year-old Rebecca Robinson and Hillingdon’s 28-year-old Julia Bleasdale complete the outfit.

The junior men’s squad is made up of Winchester’s 19-year-old, Phillip Berntsen, 19-year-old Bristol athlete, Richard Peters, 17-year-old Stroud runner, Tom Curr and Warrington’s 18-year-old, Harry Ellis. Keith Holt will manage the team.

The junior ladies contesting for England and managed by Barbara Cutting, are City of Norwich’s 19-year-old Dani Nimmock, Bedford’s 16-year-old Emily Wallbank, Aldershot’s 16-year old, Ruth Haynes and Team Southampton’s 18-year-old, Louise Webb.

Full report to follow...

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