Picked for GB and NI for the World Champs – Scottish trio Andy Douglas, Scout Adkin and Naomi Lang (photo by Angela Mudge)
No fewer than nine Scottish athletes have been selected by British Athletics for World Championship action in mountain running and ultra trail running.
Five Scots have been picked to compete in the Mountain Running events in Thailand next February – with four more involved in the ultra trail races being staged in the same event.
It’s brilliant recognition for these athletes and their coaches and clubs and a fine reflection on ‘off road’ athletics in Scotland at the moment.
Jacob Adkin, Scout Adkin, Andy Douglas, Naomi Lang and Isla Hedley are the hill runners who will earn GB and NI vests. And there are selections for Meryl Cooper, Charlotte Morgan, Georgia Tindley and Seb Batchelor for the 80k and 40k events.
All at scottishathleitcs send our warm congratulations to these athletes and their on their selections – with the call-ups a first in terms of GB and NI for Scout, Naomi and Isla. Seb Batchelor is in the process of confirming Scottish eligibility).
The Championships, which were rescheduled from November due to the Pandemic, will see British teams compete in all five events: uphill and up-and-down mountain races, the junior races and the 40km and 80km trail races.
Following the mountain running trials recently, six teams have been selected to compete in Chiang Mai in 2022.
Nine athletes join the squads previously selected for the World Trail Running Championships.
The British team for the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships in Thailand on the 10-13 February 2022:
Senior women (uphill only)
Scout Adkin (Angela Mudge, Moorfoot); Hannah Horsburgh (Keswick); Kate Maltby (Bristol and West); Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley)
Senior men (uphill only)
Jacob Adkin (Keswick); Joe Dugdale (Cumberland Fell Runners); Max Nicholls (Peter Brenchley, Tonbridge); Chris Richards (Duncan Richards, Salford Harriers)
Senior women (up-and-down)
Scout Adkin (Angela Mudge, Moorfoot); Hannah Horsburgh (Keswick); Naomi Lang (Aberdeen); Kate Maltby (Bristol and West)
Senior men (up-and-down)
Jacob Adkin (Keswick); Andrew Douglas (Sophie Dunnett, Inverclyde); Joe Dugdale (Cumberland Fell Runners); Max Nicholls (Peter Brenchley, Tonbridge)
Junior women (up and down)
Alice Crane (Derby); Isla Hedley (Fife AC); Charlotte Rawstron (Gordon Agar, Skyrac); Rosie Woodhams (Kendal)
Junior men (up and down)
Edward Corden (Michael Doyle, Stockport); Ben O’Dowd (Eden Runners); Finlay Grant (Chesterfield); Matt Knowles (Sophie Dunnett, Lancaster and Morecambe)
Tom Evans (Andrew Hobdell, Lewes); George Foster (Martin Cox, Ambleside); Harry Jones (Martin Cox, Mynydd Du); Ryan Smith (self-coached); Nick Swinburn (self-coached, Morpeth)
Meryl Cooper (Paul Tierney); Sophie Grant (Robbie Britton, Serpentine); Jo Meek (David Roche, Winchester); Beth Pascall (Martin Cox, Belper)
Tom Adams (self-coached, Ilkley); Jon Albon (self-coached); Sebastian Batchelor (City of York); Billy Cartwright (Matlock); Ricky Lightfoot (Ellenborough)
Elsey Davis (Helen Clitheroe, Preston)’; Nichola Jackson (self-coached, Keswick); Charlotte Morgan (Carnethy); Georgia Tindley (Angela Mudge, Hunters Bog Trotters); Kirsteen Welch (Tom Craggs, Sidmouth)