GB names team for World Trail Champs

Britain has selected a team of 12 for the World Trail Championships in Penyagolosa, Spain, on May 12. 

It includes Tom Owens, who was fourth at the championships in 2015 in leading the team to bronze, and Beth Pascall, who was part of the bronze medal winning team last year. 

Also going to Spain will be Katie Kaars Sijpersteijn, who won the Lakeland 50 last year, and rising star Tom Evans, who in 2017 achieved the highest placing ever by a British male in the Marathon des Sables.

Team leader Adrian Stott said: "Selection for this event was very difficult, reflecting the real strength in depth we have in ultra-trail running in this country at the moment.

“We have a talented mix of established names and some new faces earning their debuts on the back of some very impressive performances in 2017. So we feel we have individuals capable of high placings, and solid teams that are able to mix it with the Spanish, French and Americans who traditionally do well in the team competition, which is a key element of the championship.”

The world championships races will be held within the annual Penyagolosa Trails event in eastern Spain. The title course is 85k with 5000m of ascent.

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Women: Rachel Campbell, Sally Fawcett, Katie Kaars Sijpersteijn, Holly Page, Beth Pascall, Sarah Moorwood

Men: Jon Albon, Tom Evans, Tom Owens, Rob Sinclair, Ryan Smith, Andy Symonds (subject to fitness)