Athletics

Plymouth’s Tank earns chance to represent GB at European Cross Country Champs

CITY of Plymouth athlete Poppy Tank has earned the chance to represent Great Britain at next month’s European Cross Country Championships in the Netherlands.

Tank secured one of the four automatic under-23 women’s places for the event in Tilburg on December 9 by impressing at Saturday’s British Athletics Cross Country Challenge event at Sefton Park in Liverpool that was acting as a trial.

The former Plymouth College pupil, who is studying at Utah University in America, was the second British qualifying under-23 athlete across the line in the women’s race at Liverpool.

Aldershot’s Amy Griffiths was first in 26.48 minutes, with Tank following her in 27.18.

Tank now has the opportunity to earn her first Great Britain vest. The top four were guaranteed spots, if they want to accept them, with the others places confirmed at a selection meeting on Tuesday and announced on Wednesday.

Fellow City of Plymouth athlete Victoria Weir, who has represented Great Britain at the last two European Cross Country Championships in the under-20 age group, was 15th on Saturday.

Cornwall AC’s Grace Brock did book her place in the Great Britain under-20 team by finishing fourth in that race.

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