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Liverpool Cross Problem: who, what and when information


Athletes heading for Sefton Park aiming to understand Euro Cross ambitions

One of many key fixtures within the British cross nation calendar will unfold on Saturday (Nov 25), with this yr’s staging of the Liverpool Cross Problem.

The occasion, which takes place at Sefton Park, doubles because the trials for subsequent month’s European Cross Nation Championships and a number of the nation’s most interesting off-road exponents may have their sights set on incomes a spot on the aircraft to Brussels.

Jess Warner-Judd (Mark Shearman)

Arguably probably the most hotly anticipated race of the day would be the senior girls’s contest. Final yr’s Liverpool winner, Jessica Warner-Judd, tends to do nicely at Sefton Park and the World Championships 10,000m eighth placer can be wanting to ensure of one other victory.

She is going to face a tricky check, although, in opposition to a area which incorporates 2022 runner-up and final yr’s European Cross U23 particular person silver medallist and European U23 5000m champion Megan Keith, who appeared in spectacular kind when taking victory on the current Cardiff Cross Problem, a race by which Warner-Judd was fifth.

Different notable names within the area embody the world 1500m finalist Melissa Courtney-Bryant, to not point out the in-form British worldwide Amelia Quirk, in addition to the skilled Abbie Donnelly, Jess Gibbon and 2022 World College cross nation champion Izzy Fry.

Zak Mahamed (Mark Shearman)

Zak Mahamed seems to be to be in pole place for the senior males’s title. A person U23 silver medallist ultimately yr’s Euro Cross, the Southampton athlete can be a senior competitor this time round and heads to Liverpool having been the primary Briton over the road in fourth place in Cardiff.

There are many intriguing subplots within the area, although, as Marc Scott continues his return to racing from damage whereas marathon man Callum Hawkins has additionally had greater than his fair proportion of health setbacks and toes the beginning line 9 years after his final victory at Sefton Park.

Callum Elson, a silver medallist over the mile on the World Highway Operating Championships final month, can be competing – as are the Wheeler twins, Charlie and George, who have been a shock package deal in Cardiff. The U23 problem seems to be set to be led by final yr’s European U20 champion Will Barnicoat.

Innes FitzGerald (Mark Shearman)

The 17-year-old Innes FitzGerald was fourth ultimately yr’s European Cross however is clearly in search of a podium place this time round. She would be the one to beat within the junior girls’s race in Liverpool and was a dominant winner in Cardiff. Holly Weedall has been in wonderful kind this winter, although, whereas Cardiff runner-up Lizzie Wellsted can be in motion as soon as once more with worldwide honours in thoughts, as will Rebecca Flaherty.

The boys’s U20 race needs to be a hotly contested affair. Cardiff winner Sam Hodgson can be seeking to keep it up his successful momentum however can be up in opposition to the on-form Rowan Miell-Ingram and Ed Chicken, who impressed on the World Cross Nation Championships earlier this yr. Sam Mills and Luke Birdseye simply missed out on podium spots ultimately yr’s Euro Cross and are again within the hunt, too.

The day’s motion will get underway at 10:30 with the quick course relay trials, which is able to assist to resolve the British line-up for the Blended Relay in Brussels, earlier than a packed timetable of age group contests.

Timetable

10:30 European males’s quick course relay trial – 1.5km

10:35 European girls’s quick course relay trial – 1.5km

10:45 U11 boys – 2km

10:55 U11 ladies – 2km

11:05 U13 ladies – 3km

11:20 U13 boys – 3km

11:35 U15 boys – 3km

11:50 U15 ladies – 3km

12:05 U17 Girls and World Athletics Junior Girls European trial – 4.4km

12:25 U17 Males – 5.5km

12:45 World Athletics Junior Males European trial – 6.7km

13:05 Senior Girls (inc U23 Girls’s European Trial) – 8.1km

14:05 Senior Males (inc U23 Males’s European Trial) – 9.8km

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