31st March 2020
BRITISH TEAM SELECTED FOR IAU 24 HOUR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD LATER IN THE YEAR
A British team of 12 has been selected for the IAU 24 Hour European Championships in Verona, Italy, between the 19 and 20 September 2020, although in light of the current Covid-19 outbreak, up to date government advice will be followed and reviewed by British Athletics over the coming months, unless the event is postponed or cancelled in advance.
The women’s squad contains a mixture of previous internationals and those making their debuts for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Alison Young (coach: Robbie Britton; club: Chiltern) was part of the British line-up which finished fifth overall at the world championships in 2019, held in Albi. She also covered just over 214 kilometres on her way to 14th at the Europeans, in Timisoara, two years ago, spearheading the women’s team to the bronze medal. Wendy Whearity (Reading Joggers) was also part of the squad which reached the podium in Romania, finishing 19th individually, and she is selected once again for the 2020 edition.
(Ali Young – IAU 24 Hour European Championships 2018)
Following an impressive debut for GB & NI in the 2019 world championships, finishing 23rd, Cat Simpson (Robbie Britton, Sheen) earns her second British vest.
Sam Amend (Norman Wilson & Rodger Hughes; Belgrave), who has competed for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the world 50km and 100km championships in recent years, will take on her first European 24-Hour Championships. She is joined by debutants, Sarah Cameron (St Helen’s Striders) and Jo Newens (Matt Holland, Road Runners Club)
The men’s team consists of four returning athletes and two new faces to the international scene.
James Stewart (Paul Giblin, Victoria Park City of Glasgow) is the only male athlete with more than one appearance and was 11th in Romania two years ago, contributing to a men’s team silver medal.
Paul Maskell (Robbie Britton, St Austell) debuted for the British team at the 2019 world championships with a personal best of 251.26km. Grant MacDonald (Paul Giblin, Garscube) and Mike Stocks (Norman Wilson, London Heathside) were also in the 2019 outfit which finished sixth overall.
The two debutantes are Nathan Flear (3M Gorseinon), and Rob Payne (Caistor RC) who both earned their place on the team.
The British team for the IAU 24 Hour European Championships in Verona, Italy on 19-20 September 2020:
Sam Amend (Norman Wilson & Rodger Hughes; Belgrave)
Sarah Cameron (St Helen’s Striders)
Jo Newens (Matt Holland; Road Runners Club)
Cat Simpson (Robbie Britton; Sheen)
Wendy Whearity (Reading Joggers)
Alison Young (Robbie Britton; Chiltern)
Nathan Flear (3M Gorseinon)
Grant MacDonald (Paul Giblin; Garscube)
Paul Maskell (Robbie Britton; St Austell)
Rob Payne (Caistor RC)
James Stewart (Paul Giblin; Victoria Park City of Glasgow)
Mike Stocks (Norman Wilson; London Heathside)