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UK European XC Trials

Monday 26 November 2018

Last Saturday at Sefton Park Liverpool, the XChallenge (Race 3) took place that included the UK European Trials for Senior, U23, U20, age groups. Wales had a very good day on a dry fast course, with individual wins for Charlotte Arter in senior women, Cari Hughes in U20W, and Jake Heyward in U20M. Wales have 7 runners in GB teams for European Championships to be held in Tilburg Denmark.

Cardiff's Charlotte Arter win in a loaded field that included UK's best senior runners. One can see from the picture at race finish, how close the chasing pack are. 

Charlotte missed out on taking part in this summers Eurpean Track Championships due to a tendon injury. Thus meant a summer of rehab treatment, and then returning to training, to be ready for the Cross Country season.  

Following a return to fitness. Charlotte took part in Cardif Parkrun 5km in October, equalling her best ever time. Then took part in a Welsh team sent to Burgos, Spain, and finished 9th in a very strong international XC field. Two weeks later, at Liverpool Charlotte main aim was to make GB team selection. Finding herself with a breakaway group, she stayed with them, until the final turn up to the finish line, putting a final effort, she broke to free with the pack chasing her home. Charlotte is looking for a good performance in Tilburg, to end her 2018 season on a high.


Meanwhile Cardiff's Jake Heyward following his win in the first XChallenge held in Cardiff at beginning of October, he followed Charlotte in the Wales U20 team for Burgos XC. Jake won that race with the same runner Rory Leanard 2nd at Cardiff XChallenge. Thus Jake was the out standing favourite to win at Liverpool. Jake had the biggest winning time margin with his U20M race win. The European Championships in Tilburg will presnt a proper race challenge for Jake, with a certain Jacob Ingebrigsten saying he wants to win 3 U20 European XC titles, he won in 2017, when Jake ran with a virus, he had a scarf around his neck was clue he was not 100pc fit. The 2018 U20M race will be well worth watching live on TV.


Other Cardiff runners in Liverpool were U20W. Kiara Frizzle 28th.

Senior Men Dan Nash 37th, Jake Smith 43rd, James Hunt 52nd. 

U20M. James Vincent 51st, Larry Ryan 52nd (same time), Morgan James 102nd.

U17M. Lloyd Sheppard 53rd.

Well done to everyone who raced at Liverpool, all races are of highest quality, it's easy to find oneself running flat out, just to stand still in field. It's a learning experience for the future, taking part in similar races of this standard.