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Adam misses Euro team

Monday 29 November 2010

In the McCain Liverpool Cross Challenge yesterday, Sunday 28th November, Cardiff's Adam Bitchell (569), who is a student at UWIC, was looking for a top 6 finish to book a place in the Great Britain Under 20 team for the European Cross Country Championships in Portugal in December. Adam ran with the leaders for the first lap and stayed in contention until the last 500 metres. He was sixth entering the finishing straight, but slipped to seventh in the run in, clocking the same time as the sixth placer.

Adam's disappointment was clear, but a cracking run beating Dewi Griffiths (in ninth place) means he could still get a call-up if anyone is un-available for the European Cross Country showpiece on the 12th December. Adam was joined in the race by Club mate Rowan Axe with both representing Wales for the clash.  Rowan finished in 38th place.

The Liverpool Challenge included a club championship with the winning team to represent Great Britain at the European Clubs Championships in Rovereto, Italy. Cardiff AAC's men's team had earned the right to compete as the selected Welsh Club against an English representative team (Aldershot) and a Scottish team (Inverclyde AC).

Alex Hains was the first Club man home in 28th following a steady run where he picked athletes off all the way through. Nathaniel Lane was second scorer in 74th. The experienced track man James Thie finished in 88th with Mike Kershaw 128th and Andy Friend 137th.

Team Manager Alex Donald said ''We were pleased to be there giving it a shot. We lost several of our Team in the run up, but our team on the day gave it everything. We'll be back next year to give it another try''.

Aldershot's Andy Vernon won the race, and his team's strength in depth ensured that they won the trial with ease.
 
Harriet Morris also represented Wales, in the Junior Ladies race, and improved her 92nd place from last year finishing 52nd this time.