James Stewart and Grant MacDonald at the World 24-Hour Champs in France in 2019 (picture supplied by Grant)
Four top Scottish ultra runners have been selected by British Athletics for World championship action later this year.
A team of 11 athletes have been named to represent GB and NI at the 2021 IAU 24 Hour World Championships in Bucharest, Romania, on October 2/3.
The selections include a quartet of Scottish athletes – Jo Zakrzewski and Jo Newens are named among the five women picked and Grant MacDonald and James Stewart are in the six-strong men’s team.
Jo Zakrzewski (self-coached, Durham) has represented the British team over the trail, 50km and 100km, winning individual and team medals at these championships. She qualified for her first 24-hour team with a very impressive 235.5km distance last summer.
Jo Newens (Matt Holland, Road Runners Club) is a debutant for the team who qualified in 2019 with a 221km win at the Tooting Bec 24-hour race in London.
The men’s team features returning GB internationals James Stewart (Paul Giblin, Victoria Park City of Glasgow), who was 17th at the 2019 World Champs event, and Grant MacDonald (Paul Giblin, Garscube), who finished 43rd.
We send out congratulations to all the athletes selected and their families and coaches.
The British team for the IAU 24 Hour World Championships in Bucharest, Romania on 2/3 October 2021.
Samantha Amend (Norman Wilson, Belgrave); Jo Newens (Matt Holland, Road Runners Club); Cat Simpson (Robbie Britton, Sheen); Ali Young (Robbie Britton); Jo Zakrzewski (Durham, self-coached)
Nathan Flear (self-coached, 3M Gorseinon); Grant MacDonald (Paul Giblin, Garscube); Paul Maskell (Robbie Britton, St Austell ARC); Rob Payne (Robbie Britton, Caistor RC); James Stewart (Paul Giblin, Victoria Park City of Glasgow); Ry Webb (Robbie Britton, Waverley)
Jo Zakrzewski in her 24-Hour track event in Australia during last year and (below) Jo Newens