5th July 2019
SWISS TEST FOR BRITISH MOUNTAIN RUNNERS AT THE EUROS
16 British athletes are making their way to Zermatt, Switzerland for this Sunday’s European (Uphill) Mountain Running Championships.
Sarah Tunstall (club: Kendal) – winner of the trial event – won individual silver and team gold at the last edition of these uphill championships in 2017, so will be one to watch on the 10km course which includes over 1000 metres of ascent.
Tunstall will join fellow team gold medallist from 2017, Rebecca Hilland (Team Bath), in the senior women’s squad. Hatti Archer (Bud Baldaro; Hallamshire Harriers) and Emma Gould (William Laye; Mercia Fell) further enhance the line-up. Gould won European bronze over the up and down terrain last year and has been impressive on the uphill courses so far during 2019.
Winner at the last two World Mountain Running World Cup events in Annecy and Squak Valley, Andrew Douglas (Sophie Dunnett; Inverclyde) goes into this one in great form. The World Cup leader placed seventh and top Briton at these championships two year’s ago.
Trials winner Jacob Adkin (Keswick) also goes in the senior men’s race which includes his coach, Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners), last year’s Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist. Sebastian Batchelor completes the team.
A new look U20 women’s team will take on the challenging 5.9km course with three athletes making their British squad debuts.
Pippa Carcas (Edinburgh AC), Florence Duff and Eve Pannone (Derek Hurton; Eden Runners) are welcomed to the fold for the first time, while Lauren Dickson (Andrew Henderson; Lasswade) makes her third consecutive British team, notably placing 17th at the world uphill championships in September last year.
2018 International Youth Cup champion Matthew Mackay (Steve Duxbury) earned his place in the junior men’s team after winning the trial. Mackay alongside Joseph Dugdale (Copeland) and Euan Brennan (Andrew Henderson; Ilkley) were part of the silver medal winning team from the world (uphill) championships last year, so the team has a strong chance of reaching the podium on the European stage.
Lining up alongside the trio is Ben Bergstrand (Martin Peevor; Middlesbrough) who was fourth at the trials to earn his first British team call-up.
All the information including live stream and live results can be found here.
The British Athletics team for the European (Uphill) Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt, Switzerland:
Hatti Archer (Bud Baldaro; Hallamshire Harriers)
Emma Gould (William Laye; Mercia Fell)
Rebecca Hilland (Team Bath)
Sarah Tunstall (Kendal)
Jacob Adkin (Robbie Simpson; Keswick)
Andrew Douglas (Sophie Dunnett; Inverclyde)
Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners)
Pippa Carcas (Edinburgh AC)
Lauren Dickson (Andrew Henderson; Lasswade)
Eve Pannone (Derek Hurton; Eden Runners)
Ben Bergstrand (Martin Peevor; Middlesbrough)
Euan Brennan (Andrew Henderson; Ilkley)
Joseph Dugdale (Copeland)
Matthew Mackay (Steve Duxbury; Rossendale)