A number of top Scottish athletes are heading to the British Cross Challenge in Liverpool at the end of the month for the Euro Cross trial event.
And no fewer than 24 will do so with backing and financial support from scottishathletics – as Scotland selections for the event on Merseyside on Saturday 25 November.
The races at Sefton Park will determine who features for Team GB and NI at the Euro Cross in Slovakia in December and hopefully many of those Scots involved will have strong hopes of winning GB vests.
In addition, Central AC and Fife AC will compete in the Euro Clubs Cross Country Champs trial and four of those selected for Scotland for Liverpool will, in effect, be representing their clubs in that event.
Andy Butchart won a team gold medal at the Euro Cross last year with Callum Hawkins in Chia and the Central AC Olympian is one of four picked by scottishathletics for the Senior Men’s race. Joining Andy are Luke Traynor, Lachlan Oates and Andy Douglas.
Steph Twell is a regular at the Euro Cross and indeed has a fantastic record at the event. Joining Steph as Scotland selections at Senior Women’s level are VP-Glasgow’s Josephine Moultrie, Edinburgh AC’s Rebecca Burns and Fiona Brian of Metro Aberdeen.
Here are the selections:
Senior Men: Andy Butchart (Central AC), Luke Traynor (Giffnock North), Lachlan Oates (Shettleston), Andy Douglas (Inverclyde).
U23 Men: Adam Craig (Edinburgh AC), Michael Ferguson (Aberdeen AAC), Logan Rees (Fife AC), Jamie Crowe (Central AC).
U20 Men: Sol Sweeney (Glasgow Uni), Alex Carcas (Edinburgh), James Donald (Dundee Hawkhill), Gavin Smith (Cambuslang).
Senior Women: Steph Twell (AFD), Josephine Moultrie (VP-Glasgow), Rebecca Burns (Edinburgh), Fiona Brian (Metro Aberdeen).
U23 Women: Mhairi Maclennan (Edinburgh Uni), Steph Pennycook (Fife AC), Annabel Simpson (Fife AC), Louise Mercer (Edinburgh Uni).
U20 Women: Jemma Reekie (Kilbarchan AAC), Anna Macfadyen (Edinburgh Uni), Erin Wallace (Giffnock North), Clare Stewart (Banchory Stonehaven).
Scotland U20 selections (L-R): Clare Stewart, Anna Macfadyen and Erin Wallace (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Scotland selections are based upon the policy outlined by the Road Running and Cross Country Commission for such events. For Liverpool, the policy allows for up to four athletes in each of the three age groups.
Four athletes who have been based in the United States of late are among those selected – Luke Traynor, Adam Craig, Jamie Crowe and Louise Mercer. Giffnock athlete Traynor has had a spell of training in America following his fine win in the Manchester Half.
Congratulations from all at scottishathletics to those picked for support at this event, where of course Scotland do not compete as a team as such.
Luke Traynor – will wear a Scotland vest at Liverpool XC following his fine half marathon debut win in Manchester