International Cross Country comes to Wales

The Combined SIAB and Home Countries Cross Country International will take place at Margam Park near Port Talbot on Saturday 25th March.

The event annually closes the domestic Cross Country season and this year will provide competition for the top British athletes that are not competing at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala.

Heidi Davies 216 pictured competing for Wales

The SIAB races will host competition between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The fields include National Schools Champions from each of the nations including on the girl’s side; Olivia Mason for England, Sarah Healey from Ireland, Cera Gemmell from Scotland and Mia Roberts (Deeside AAC) from Wales.

Roberts finished third at the UK Inter-Counties Championships recently, securing a second place finish in the British Athletics Cross Challenge Series.

The boy’s fields include Zakariya Mahamed from England, Darragh McElhinney from Ireland, Cameron Watson from Scotland and Osian Perrin (Menai Track & Field) of Wales.

The Home Countries International will feature; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Midland Counties, The North of England, and UK Armed Forces. Additionally, Scottish Schools and Welsh Schools teams will contest the U20 races.

Niamh Brown and Abbie Donnelly head the U20 women’s start list competing for England.

Mountain Runner Heidi Davies (Brecon AC) will lead Welsh hopes with Sarah Dempsey leading Scottish ambitions after placing third in the Scottish National Championships at Falkirk.

Ellis Cross and Gus Cockle will race as part of a strong England team in the U20 men’s race. Cross took the English National title in Nottingham earlier in the year.

Ciaran Lewis (Cardiff AAC) is the Welsh Cross Country Champion and will head the Welsh team here.

Broc Drury is the Scottish National Champion and is expected to lead the Scottish team.

The Senior women’s race takes place over 7,100m and should feature both youth and experience.

Lauren Hall, Phillipa Bowen and Juliet Potter all enjoyed top 10 finishes in the English National Championships.

Potter was also the highest placed athlete at the UK Inter-Counties Championships, that will take the line in Margam.

Sarah Inglis heads the Scottish team and was the highest placed athlete in Loughborough from the Celtic nations.

Clara Evans (Pontypridd Roadents) has made massive improvements recently including a 15th place finish at the Inter-Counties Championships and will be looking to impress in the women’ race.

Richard Horton has improved steadily over recent months, securing his first top 10 finish at the English National last month so may be the man to beat in the senior men’s race.

Lachlan Oates and Murray Strain will both hope to feature, competing for their native Scotland.

James Hunt (Cardiff AAC) is another athlete enjoying fine form in recent months and along should lead Welsh hopes in the men's race.

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