25th August 2022
GB & NI TEAM SET FOR WORLD 100KM CHAMPIONSHIPS CHALLENGE
A strong Great Britain and Northern Ireland team will compete at the World 100km Championships in Berlin, Germany on Saturday 27 August.
Following team selection in April, eight athletes will represent the country over the challenging discipline.
Based on personal bests, Jo Murphy leads the way in the women’s field for the British quartet as she recorded a time of 7:41:12 at the Anglo Celtic Plate Home Countries International earlier this year which placed her sixth on the UK all-time rankings.
Sam Amend (Andrew Walling, Belgrave), who has represented Great Britain at 50k and 100k, and has a PB of 7:48:39, will be also one to watch in the women’s race. Amy Sarkies (Robbie Britton, Rugby & Northampton) ran a time of 8:00.50 at the trial earlier this year, while Caroline Turner (Marcus Scotney, Lonely Goat RC) was third in that race, running her first 100k in 7:51:39.
With seven men breaking the seven-hour barrier at the trial earlier this year, the four athletes competing at the Championships will be highly competitive against the international field.
Matt Dickinson (Phillip, Kissi, Clapham Chasers) ran a very quick 6:39:34 at the trial which placed him sixth on the UK all time rankings, while Jason Kelly (self-coached, Metro Aberdeen) ran a very solid 6.42:23 for second which placed him seventh on those rankings.
Ollie Garrod (South London Harriers), an experienced marathon and 50k runner, moved up in distance earlier in 2022, with a PB of 6:46:50. Gareth King, who was fourth at the trial in a time of 6:47:33, completes the men’s quartet.
The Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the IAU 100km World Championships, Berlin, Germany:
Sam Amend (Andrew Walling, Belgrave)
Amy Sarkies (Robbie Britton,Rugby & Northampton)
Caroline Turner (Marcus Scotney, Lonely Goat RC)
Matt Dickinson (Phillip, Kissi, Clapham Chasers)
Ollie Garrod (South London Harriers)
Jason Kelly (self-coached, Metro Aberdeen)
*Photo credit: Stuart Ross