Racing Preview

Racing Preview

January 11, 2019 0 By jegmar

Preview of some key races taking place over the weekend including an IAAF Cross Permit race in Scotland and some British interest in Valencia…
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Great Stirling Cross Country (🇬🇧) – (Available to watch LIVE on BBC Sport between 13:15 and 15:15)

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Formerly the Great Edinburgh International, this year sees Stirling take over as the new venue and looks set to provide an exciting afternoon of racing.

Startlist – Men

🇬🇧 – Patrick Dever, Nick Goolab, Charlie Hulson, Kristian Jones, Ross Millington, Andy Vernon
🇺🇸 – Benjamin Blankenship, Hillary Bor, David Elliott, Garrett Heath, Leonard Korir, Ryan Mahalsky
🇪🇺 – Samuel Fitwi (🇩🇪), Hugo Hay (🇫🇷), Aras Kaya (🇹🇷), Isaac Kimeli (🇧🇪), Adel Mechaal (🇪🇸), Napoleon Solomon (🇸🇪)

Startlist – Women

🇬🇧 – Charlotte Arter, Kate Avery, Amy Griffiths, Emily Hosker-Thornhill, Verity Ockenden, Pippa Woolven
🇺🇸 – Anne-Marie Blaney, Grace Barnett, Ayla Granados, Marisa Howard, Rachel Johnson, Olivia Pratt
🇪🇺 – Maja Møller Alm (🇩🇰), Elena Burkard (🇩🇪), Anna Gehring (🇩🇪), Anna Gosk (🇵🇱), Nina Lauwaert (🇧🇪), Anna Emilie Møller (🇩🇰)
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Who to watch out for:

Andy Vernon’s most recent outing was a 12th place finish at the Cross Internacional de Atapuerca in November. He was the fastest non-african on the day, 14 seconds ahead of Adel Mechaal. However, they will be up against two of the medallists from last month’s European Cross Country Championships. Isaac Kimeli and Aras Kaya went home with silver and bronze respectively, whilst Napoleon Solomon was not too far behind in 5th. The greatest American threats will likely come from Garrett Heath and Leonard Korir, who have a combined five victories at this event in the past. Korir is the reigning champion from both 2016 & 2017, and is possibly the favourite in his quest to achieve back-to-back-to-back titles here.

Elena Burkard was 6th in the 2018 European Cross Country Championships, one place ahead of Charlotte Arter. They are joined by the Under-23 gold and silver medallists, Anna Emilie Møller and Anna Gehring, who will be hoping to show their ability to compete with the seniors on Saturday.



Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza (🇪🇸)

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Selemon Barega (🇪🇹) – defending champion, 2nd in last week’s Campaccio-International XC, 12:43.02 5000m in 2018
Rhonex Kipruto (🇰🇪) – 26:46 road 10K in 2018, World U20 10000m champion
Stanley Mburu Waithaka (🇰🇪) – 1st at last week’s Cross Internacional Zornotza, 27:13.01 10000m in 2018
Toni Abadia (🇪🇸) – 27:48 road 10K in 2018
Abdelaati Iguider (🇲🇦) – 3:31.51 1500m in 2018, former Olympic 1500m Bronze Medallist
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Hellen Obiri (🇰🇪) – 29:59 road 10K in 2018, reigning Olympic 5000m champion
Beatrice Chepkoech (🇰🇪) – 8:44.32 3000m steeplechase in 2018 (World Record), part of the gold medal-winning Kenyan mixed relay team at the 2017 world cross country championships
Yasemin Can (🇹🇷) – 1st at last week’s Campaccio-International XC, reigning (and three-time) European Cross Country Champion
Stella Chesang (🇺🇬) – Commonwealth 10000m champion, 47:19 road 15K in 2018



10K Valencia Ibercaja (🇪🇸)

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Mathew Kimeli (🇰🇪) – 27:19 @ New York 10K 2018
Hicham Amghar (🇲🇦) – 27:46 @ Prague 10K 2018
Stephen Kissa (🇺🇬) – 27:47 @ Durban 10K 2018
Vedic Kipkoech (🇰🇪) – 27:57 Prague 10K 2018
Chala Regasa (🇪🇹) – 13’06 5000m in 2018

Callum Hawkins (🇬🇧) – 60:00 @ Marugame Half Marathon 2017

Tsehay Gemechu (🇪🇹) – 31:07 @ Tilburg 10K 2018

Evaline Chirchir (🇰🇪) – 32:00 @ 10K Valencia Ibercaja 2018
Rosemary Monica Wanjiru (🇰🇪) – 31:34 @ Prague 10K 2018

Susan Jeptoo (🇰🇪) – 31:59 @ Langeux 10K 2018
Gloria Kite (🇰🇪) – 31:41 10000m in 2018
Silenat Ysmaw (🇪🇹) – 31:42 @ Agadir 10K 2018
Trihas Gebre (🇪🇸) – 31:40 @ San Silvestre Vallecana 10K 2018
Jenny Nesbitt (🇬🇧) – 32:38 10000m in 2018