The European Cross-Country Trials were held yesterday at Liverpool’s Sefton Park, and the University of Birmingham Athletics Club delivered some standout performances from both past and present Athletics team members.
Our first year scholar, Amelia Quirk (pictured), came into the race in great shape and firmly delivered under the pressure to take 2nd place in the Junior Women’s race and secure her spot on the Great Britain team heading to European Cross Country Championships in Tilburg, Netherlands in 2 weeks time.
Showing the strength in depth of our junior women, the University had another 6 in the top 50 places: Emily Thompson (18th), Yasmin Austridge (26th), Julia Tomczak (34th), Louisa Whittingham (36th), Lily Higgins (42nd) and Maisie Grice (45th).
Second year scholar James Gormley made his debut in the senior ranks against steep competition finishing 24th overall. This was good enough to place him 10th in the u23 race (which he will still be eligible for next year), but most importantly, James was one of the highest finishing 1500m runners in the race which means he is in contention for the mixed relay team, which will be decided later this week.
Two BUAC alumni (and past winners of Sportsperson of the Year) also had brilliant come backs to the national fold. Nick Goolab stormed to 2nd in the Senior race and secured a spot on the Great Britain Team, whilst Pippa Woolven fought all the way to the line to come 6th and could have grabbed the last spot on the women’s team (confirmed Wednesday this week). Other alumni showing great from were Andy Heyes (11th), Jonny Hay (16th) and Jack Gray (31st).
Additionally, Sara Treacy (graduate scholar) ran strongly for 5th in the Irish Cross Country Trials and too has a short wait to see if her selection is confirmed on the 6-man team later this week.
Our best Senior Women performers were Laura Gent and Vic Weir, who came in 45th and 61st respectively in a very deep field. Whilst backing up James in the senior race were very solid performances from fellow debutants to the distance: Dan Carpenter (66th), Tom Drabble (77th), Tom Dodd (94th), and Grant Anderson (102nd).
Overall, it was a fantastic weekend of performances and we can’t wait to hear how the teams end up – keep an eye on the club’s Twitter page for up to date news.
You can also find more details on the official British Athletics report.