The British Athletics Cross Challenge calls to Cardiff on Sunday

The fourth meeting in the National Series will feature Celtic International races, a Senior International, The Welsh University Cross Country Championships and Schools Invitation Races.

Cari Hughes (Menai Track & Field), Anna MacFadyen (Forres) and Zoe Wassell (Stroud AC) all scored top 10 finishes in Liverpool so along with Jodie Judd (Chelmsford) and Heidi Davies (Brecon AC), should contest the podium places in the U20 Women’s race.

Jonathon Shields (City of Sheffield), Hugo Milner (Derby AC) and Sol Sweeney (Perth Strathtay) were first, second and fourth at the Antrim Cross Challenge so will be amongst the favourites in the U20 Men’s race.

The Senior Women’s race will welcome a strong Irish contingent which includes Athens Olympian Maria MaCambridge, Una Britton and Irish Cross Country Champion, Shona Heaslip.

Jessica Judd (Chelmsford) was second at the 2014 European Junior Cross Country Championships and 12th in 2016 as an U23. She will be looking to go better than her fourth place finish in Cardiff last year.

Emma Clayton (Leeds City) was fourth in 2015 and will be likely to feature once again, along with Lauren Deadman (Havering & Mayesbrook) and Sophie Cowper (Rotherham Harriers).

Welshman Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) was last year’s winner in Cardiff and the current British Inter-counties Champion so should prove hard to stop in the Men’s race.

Among those trying will be fellow Harrier Kristian Jones, Graham Rush (Cheltenham & County), Matthew Bowser (Lincoln Wellington), Matthew Clowes (Cardiff AAC) and Joshua Grace (Aldershot, Farnham & District).

Swedish International Alexander Sodarberg will add some international flavour and will also hope to feature amongst the leaders.


Welsh Athletics Ltd.
Cardiff International Sports Stadium
Leckwith Road
Cardiff. CF11 8AZ.

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