31st December 2023
2023 IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER-DECEMBER
IAU 50km World Championships, Hyderabad
Carla Molinaro (coach: Martin Cox, club: Clapham Chasers) capped a superb IAU 50km World Championships for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland as she sealed the women’s title in India.
Molinaro led home the gold medal winning British team, as Sarah Webster (David Leach, Northern [Isle of Man]) took individual bronze, while Anna Bracegirdle (James Thie, Salford Harriers) and Rachel Hodgkinson (Liverpool Harriers) finished fourth and fifth as the team dominated the event.
Meanwhile, the men’s team took home the bronze with Will Mycroft (Mark Lloyd, Cambridge & Coleridge) the highest placed finisher in ninth position.
Read our event report HERE.
IAU 24 Hour Championships, Chinese Taipei
The men’s Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad won team bronze at the IAU 24 Hour World Championships in Chinese Taipei.
Danny Hawkins (Wendy Whearity, Newbury AC) was the top finisher for the GB & NI men’s team in 10th, while Sophie Power (Edwina Sutton, Guildford and Godalming) was the highest placed of the British contingent in the women’s race as she finished in 19th.
Find out more in our event report HERE.
European Cross Country Championships, Brussels
Great Britain and Northern Ireland topped the medal table at the 2023 European Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium after winning 11 medals in total and a record number of gold medals .
In challenging muddy conditions at Laeken Park, there were individual medals for Will Barnicoat [U23 Men], Megan Keith [U23 women] and Innes Fitzgerald [U20 women], while there were team titles for four out of the seven teams.
The U20 men’s team won team silver, while the relay won team bronze, and there were individual bronze medals for Abbie Donnelly [Senior women] and Matt Stonier [U23 men] on a frantic day for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad.
Catch up on a record-breaking day HERE.
Cardiff and Liverpool – British Athletics Cross Challenge 2023/24
Prior to her Euro cross exploits, Megan Keith (coach: Ross Cairns, club: Inverness) earned one of the biggest cross country wins of her career at the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold Label Event in Cardiff. Meanwhile, Zakariya Mahamed (Idris Hamud, Southampton) was the first Briton across the line in the senior men’s race won by Uganda’s Keneth Kiprop, while there were U20 wins for Innes Fitzgerald and Sam Hodgson.
Keith continued her great run of results with victory in Liverpool at the event which also acted as the Trial for the Euro Cross, while Hugo Milner won the senior men’s race at Sefton Park.