Top quality performances from the lads in Sefton Park today. Ellis Cross ran in what I believe was his best ever race. Running over a muddy 6.7km course, Ellis cruised the first 2km going through in 26th position. As the race advanced he blasted through the field closing the gap to finish in a blistering 11th place. He was only 34 seconds behind the winner, World Youth Olympic Triathlon Champion Ben Dijkstra.
“I felt like I could have got quicker and quicker,” said Ellis after the race.
As the top 6 guaranteed their GB selection a team of 4 English Runners will be selected on their performances to represent England in the Brussels Lotto Cross Challenge event in December. According to English XC association ‘Selection will be based on the GB Trials in Liverpool on the 28th November. Athletes selected for the GB Team running in the European CC Champs will not be considered, athletes finishing in the places just outside of the GB Team will then be considered for selection of the Team going to Brussels in all age groups.
Callum Abberley lead for the first two minutes in the U15Boys 3km event but found it a bit tough to maintain throughout. Abberley achieved his goal of going out with the front runners, however, dropped off the pace to finish 14th. He may be a little disappointed with his performance but tried his best to win the race. It’s very difficult to pull through and win here at Liverpool if you get a steady start. It was worth a try today and it was great to see Callum at the front in the early stages of the race. The 800/1500m specialist will now put a hard months training in to decide whether to pursue with the longer xc races next year.
Full Results found at British Athletics Cross Challenge