A look ahead to the European Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt, plus a preview to continental combined events action in Lutsk
Sarah Tunstall, who won individual silver last time this event was staged in its uphill format two years ago, heads Britain’s 16-strong team for the European Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt, Switzerland, on Sunday.
Joining recent trials champion Tunstall will be Rebecca Hilland, who was with her when Britain won team gold in 2017.
Former UK steeplechase record-holder Hatti Archer, who was 10th in the 2016 World Mountain Running Championships, and last year’s bronze winner Emma Gould complete a strong senior women’s team.
Trials winner Jacob Adkin will be joined in the GB men’s team by his coach, Robbie Simpson, the Commonwealth marathon bronze medallist, and Andrew Douglas, winner of the opening two stages of the World Mountain Running Cup this year.
The junior teams include 2018 International Youth Cup champion Matthew Mackay.
From an international point of view, Switzerland’s Maude Mathys will be chasing her third consecutive title as she runs on home soil in the shadow of the world-famous Matterhorn.
Challenging her will be Austria’s three-time winner Andrea Mayr, who has also won the world title six times and is an uphill specialist.
Recent world trail champion Blandine L’Hirondel of France will be dropping down in distance to 10.1km (1020m of ascent) – the juniors run 5.9km (448m+) – while Anais Sabrie of France will be looking to go one better than her silver of last year.
On the men’s side, Norway’s Johan Bugge, who was fifth and top European at last year’s Worlds, is among the top entrants.
Italy’s men include Cesare Maestri, runner-up last year and former world champions Xavier Chevrier and Martin Dematteis.
A live stream for the event can be found below, while start lists and results will be posted here.
European Combined Events Team Championships Super League
Great Britain placed fourth last time at the European Combined Events Team Championships Super League in 2017 and this weekend the team includes England champion John Lane and Commonwealth bronze medallist Jessica Taylor-Jemmett.
Taylor-Jemmett, who has scored 5663 in the heptathlon this year, will spearhead the team of four men and four women in Lutsk, Ukraine.
Lane, who tallied 7786 to win the national decathlon title in Bedford this year, was sixth in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Joining them on the team are Commonwealth Games representatives Ben Gregory and Katie Stainton, plus Andrew Murphy, Jo Rowland, Lewis Church and Ellen Barber.
Also look out for world indoor heptathlon bronze medallist Maicel Uibo and defending champion Janek Oiglane in the decathlon and 2011 European under-23 champion Grit Sadeiko in the heptathlon.
Cumulative scoring based on each country’s top three men and top three women will decide the outcome and hosts Ukraine will defend their title in the last ever edition of these championships.
A live stream for the event can be found below, while results will be posted here.
» See the July 4 edition of AW magazine for four pages of previews, including for the Night of the 10,000m PBs and national league action