British Athletics Liverpool Cross Challenge Preview
24/11/2022 00:00, In Blog / Cross Country /
Some of the top Welsh distance runners will be heading to the British Athletics Liverpool Cross Challenge on Saturday.
The race is an opportunity for athletes to test themselves against the best in the country and to earn a place in the Great Britain & Northern Ireland Team for the Spar European Cross Country Championships just outside Turin on the 11 December.
Jenny Nesbitt, Cari Hughes and Melissa Courtney-Bryant will lead the Welsh contingent in the Senior Women’s race.
Nesbitt was in contention for a race win in Liverpool last time, eventually finishing second and securing a place in the Championships at Fingal near Dublin where she finished in 10th place.
Hughes made the team to compete in the U23 race and finished 16th in Ireland. More recently, she showed that a recent move to train in Germany is paying off with a fourth place finish amongst a competitive field in Milton Keynes earlier this month.
Courtney-Bryant is a track star with proven pedigree on the Cross Country and is returning to form following a forced break due to injury.
Beth Kidger represented Wales on the track this summer at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games so will be one to look out for.
Osian Perrin is another athlete returning to fitness and will be in action at the race where he finished a convincing second 12 months ago.
A Cardiff men’s team and a Swansea Harriers women’s team will also be competing in the team trial for the resurrected European Clubs Cross Country Championships next February.