Charlie Hulson (Sale Harriers) will look to defend his title at the Armagh International Road Races on Thursaday evening. The 2015 English National Cross Country Championships winner edged out Yannick Michaels of Belgium last year to take the victory in 14.02.
The event this Thursday will be the 27th edition of the famous International Road Races which were first organised by Armagh Athletic Club in 1990. The men's race is held over 5km and the women's over 3km, both taking place over a multi-lap circuit in the heart of the historic county town.
Charlie Hulson pictured winning in 2016
Along with Hulson, Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) will be looking to impress and to improve on his seventh place finish from 2014. Both will face competition from some of the top British athletes including Marathon Olympian Derek Hawkins (Kilbarchan), track specialist Jake Wightman (Edinburgh AC) and a selection of international athletes from Europe and the USA.
Wales will be taking development teams to the event. The men's team will include Swansea Harrier Joshua Griffiths and some promising young Welsh athletes including Oliver Barbaresi (Menai Track & Field) and Dominic Smith (Swansea Harriers).
The ladies race will feature Olympian Laura Weightman (Morpeth Harriers), Emelia Gorecka (Aldershot, Farnham & District), Charlotte Arter (Cardiff AAC) and the 2017 British Athletics Cardiff Cross Challenge Champion Jess Judd (Chelmsford).
Welsh 10km Champion Clara Evans (Pontypridd Roadents) will lead the Welsh women's team and will be joined by the 2016 U17 UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Champion, Cari Hughes (Menai Track & Field) and by the 2016 U20 World Mountan Running Championship bronze medalist, Bronwen Jenkinson (Eryri Harriers).