Weir’s place in GB cross country team officially confirmed

victoria weirVICTORIA WEIR’S place in the Great Britain squad for next month’s European Cross Country Championships has officially been confirmed.

British Athletics announced their full teams on Wednesday morning for the championships in Chia, Italy, on December 11.

City of Plymouth athlete Weir secured her place in the under-20 squad by winning the British trials in Liverpool last weekend.

This is the first time the 18-year-old former Plymstock School pupil has earned international honours.

Great Britain are sending six teams to the event – senior men and women, under-23s and under-20s – and they are hoping they will be successful in Italy. The party includes the likes of Steph Twell, Andy Vernon and Andrew Butchard.

Spencer Duval, the GB team leader, said: “Last year’s championships in Hyères were a success once again with our team topping the medal table for the 13th consecutive year, and we are hopeful that those selected for Chia can continue the strong record we have at the European Cross Country championships.

“We have seen what several of those selected for the team are capable of, and we are confident that the team has the potential to win medals across the age groups.”

Full GB teams are as follows:

Senior Men

Andrew Butchart (Derek Easton)

Ben Connor (Spencer Duval)

Dewi Griffiths (Kevin Evans)

Callum Hawkins (Robert Hawkins)

Ross Millington (Steve Vernon)

Andy Vernon (Nic Bideau)


Senior Women

Charlotte Arter (James Thie)

Katrina Jones (Harvey Rose)

Emily Hosker-Thornhill (Mick Woods)

Gemma Steel (Rob Denmark)

Steph Twell (Mick Woods)

Pippa Woolven (Luke Gunn)


U23 Men

William Christofi

Ellis Cross (Mick Woods)

Jonathan Davies (Rob McKim)

Patrick Dever (Andy Bibby)

Alex George (Paul de-Camps)

Alex Short (Phillip O’Dell)


U23 Women

Jessica Judd (Mick Judd)

Rebecca Murray (Alex Stanton)

Georgina Outten (Andrew Walling)

Mari Smith (William Alan Winter)

Charlotte Taylor (Helen Lehman-Winters)

Alice Wright (Joe Franklin)


Junior Men

William Fuller (George Gandy)

Josh Kerr (Joe Franklin)

Mahamed Mahamed (Peter Haynes)

Sam Stevens (Alan Maddocks)

Paulos Surafel (Craig Winrow)

Alex Yee (Kenneth Pike)


Junior Women

Gemma Holloway (Brenda Stone)

Harriet Knowles-Jones (Paul Roden)

Phoebe Law (Mick Woods)

Hannah Nuttall (John Nuttall)

Amelia Quirk (Beverly Kitching)

Victoria Weir (Simon Anderson)

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