Three Scots will compete for GB in Portugal this weekend – at the IAU World Trail Running Championships.
Joining Tom Owens in the senior men’s team is Edinburgh-based Donnie Campbell, who broke the course record by eleven minutes on route to winning the Hoka Highland Fling Race, which doubled up as the British trials.
Campbelll recorded a time of 6:51:06 with Damien Hall and 2014 UK trail champion Kim Collison taking second and third respectively. Andy Symonds and Tom Payne complete the men’s line up for the championships.
On his selection, Donnie said: ‘It has been a dream of mine since I got into ultra-running in 2010 to run for my country so I am delighted to be selected to run for the British team at the Word Trail Championship in Portugal this year.
‘We have a very strong team this year with great runners who are on top form and have loads of experience so I am feeling confident British team can build on their success from last year at Annecy.’
In the GB and NI women’s team, Jo Zakrzewski will bring a wealth of distance running experience to the team which includes a 14th place finish in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she flew the flag for Scotland.
Walter Hill, Team Manager for the IAU World Trail Running Championships said: ‘We have selected a very strong team to compete at the upcoming IAU World Trail Championships in Portugal.
‘There is significant international experience within the ranks and I’m sure this will be essential in the build-up and indeed during the championships itself.’
British Athletics team for the IAU World Trail Running Championships, Geres, Portugal, Saturday 29 October:
Senior Men: Donnie Campbell; Kim Collison; Damien Hall; Tom Payne; Tom Owens; Andy Symonds
Senior Women: Sally Fawcett; Sophie Grant; Jo Meek; Beth Pascall; Jo Zakrzewski