Trials winner is part of strong British team for Switzerland
Sarah Tunstall will lead Britain’s women, while team-mate Andrew Douglas will be looking to continue his winning form at the European Mountain Running Championships (Uphill) in Zermatt on Sunday.
Tunstall won individual silver last time the championships were staged in the uphill-only format, two years ago, and was winner of the British trials.
Joining her will be Rebecca Hilland, who was also part of the team that won gold in 2017.
Douglas has won the opening two rounds of the World Mountain Running Cup this year and was fifth in this event in 2018.
Also hopeful of getting in among the medals is trials winner Jacob Adkin was sixth at the world mountain running championships last year. His coach, Robbie Simpson, who won Commonwealth marathon bronze last year, as well as the Zermatt Marathon alongside which this event is held, is also on the team.
Maude Mathys of Switzerland, with the benefit of running on home soil, will be going for a third consecutive individual title. Six-time world champion Andrea Mayr leads Austria’s team and always does better on uphill-only.
France’s Anais Sabrie, who took silver last year, is joined on her team by Blandine L’Hirondel, who won World Trail Championships gold this year, and Christel Dewalle, who was ninth in the World Mountain Running Championships last year.
Norway’s Johan Bugge, who was fifth and top European at last year’s World Mountain Running Championships, is among the favourites on the men’s side.
Cesare Maestri, runner-up last year, four-time winner Xavier Chevrier and Martin Dematteis, the 2016 winner, are included in a strong Italian team.
The seniors will race over 10.1km and the juniors 5.9km.
Senior men: Jacob Adkin; Sebastian Batchelor; Andrew Douglas; Robbie Simpson
Senior women: Hatti Archer; Emma Gould; Rebecca Hilland; Sarah Tunstall
Junior men: Ben Bergstrand; Euan Brennan; Joseph Dugdale; Matthew Mackay
Junior women: Pippa Carcas; Lauren Dickson; Florence Duff; Eve Pannone