UK Athletics can confirm that eight athletes have been selected for the European 10,000m Cup in Pacé, France which will take place on Saturday 28 May.

A full senior women’s team will represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the event with Hannah Irwin (coach: James Thie, club: Cambridge and Coleridge) included, fresh from running a Northern Irish record and Commonwealth Games standard at the Highgate event, a personal best of 32:25.34. She will earn her first British vest next week in France.

Lauren Heyes (Paul Roden, Hallamshire) and Jess Gibbon (Reading), both part of the European Cross Country team last December, have earned their spots after top ten finishes in London last Saturday.

Philippa Bowden (Helen Clitheroe, Aldershot Farnham and District), Abbie Donnelly (Rob Lewis, Lincoln Wellington) and Steph Twell (Aldershot Farnham and District) complete the women’s team of six who will star in Pacé.

wo men will compete at the Cup as they take on the rest of Europe: Tom Anderson (Andrew Hobdell, Bingley) and Mahamed Mahamed (Idris Hamud, Southampton).

The pair both ran at the Night of 10,000m PBs with Mahamed running a career best of 28:19.27 in 11th overall, while Anderson also ran the best time of his career with 28:35.47, backing up his PBs over 3000m and 5000m which he set earlier in 2022.

Team Leader, Tom Craggs, said, “The European 10,000m Cup provides a great opportunity to athletes to gain valuable competition experience at a continental event. Many of those selected have earned British vests previously, and Hannah has done it for the first time, so it’s a great achievement for all the athletes.

“Some athletes eligible for selection made it known to selectors that they had a different competitive focus over the next few weeks and didn’t wish to be considered for the Cup, but I am confident the team selected here will be competitive against a strong European field. I look forward to seeing the team perform in France next week.”

The Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad for the European 10,000m Cup:

Senior women:

Philippa Bowden (Helen Clitheroe, Aldershot Farnham and District)

Abbie Donnelly (Rob Lewis, Lincoln Wellington)

Jess Gibbon (Reading)

Lauren Heyes (Paul Roden, Hallamshire)

Hannah Irwin (James Thie, Cambridge and Coleridge)

Steph Twell (Aldershot Farnham and District)

Senior men:

Tom Anderson (Andrew Hobdell, Bingley)

Mahamed Mahamed (Idris Hamud, Southampton)

GB & NI U20 team named for 2022 Loughborough Internationational

The Great Britain and Northern Ireland U20 team has been announced for the Loughborough International which is taking place on Sunday 22 May.

With the World Athletics U20 Championships taking place in Cali, Colombia this summer, the selection provides an excellent opportunity for athletes to gain valuable experience in an international environment. Many are chasing qualification times and distances for the World Athletics showpiece event, and Loughborough provides an exciting opportunity to compete against top senior athletes from all around the UK.

The GB & NI team of teens will take on full international representation from England, Scotland, and Wales plus a Loughborough University Select.

World number two Abigail Ives (coach: Luke Gunn, club: Basildon) has already comfortably achieved the World Championship selection standard of 2:05.00 in the 800m. The 18-year-old enjoyed a stunning early-season performance with a two second personal best of 2:02.01 at the BMC Grand Prix in Birmingham at the weekend.

Joy Eze (Michael Donnelly, Gateshead) brings strong international experience to the team having won a 100m bronze medal at last summer’s European Under 20 Championship in Tallinn. Her PB of 11.44 from that event betters the time she must post for Cali of 11.60. Eze has been selected for the 100m and the 4x100m relay.

Also selected is Success Eduan (Anita Richardson, Sale Harriers Manchester) in the women’s 200m and 4x100m relay. Eduan went inside the World Championship qualifying standard indoors with her time of 23.44 to win the UK Indoor U20 title in February.

In the field events, the women’s team has named an exciting prospect in pole vault, Sophie Ashurst (Andy Ashurst). The Sale Harrier has enjoyed steady progress so far in the early stages of the season reaching 4.15m, to equal the World Championship qualifying standard. However, Ashurst has her sights set high in a bid to replicate the 4.21m she achieved last summer to win the English Schools Championship.

In the U20 men’s team, Michael Onilogbo (Carl Graham, Newham & Essex Beagles) will be hoping for benign conditions to enjoy a scorching start to his outdoor season over 100m. He was very much the man to beat indoors, winning the indoor England Athletics age-group title over 60m with a world top-10 time of 6.69.

Also out to impress will be Johnny Livingstone (self-coached, Exeter) in the 3000m. He is tantalisingly close to the World U20 qualifying standard of 8:10.00. The teenager from Devon has sliced a significant chunk off his previous PB by 19 seconds in the past 10 months. His best of 8.11.43 is less than 1.50 seconds from the time required for a ticket to Cali.

The men’s field events will be another exciting lure in Loughborough and in the pole vault, Lazarus Benjamin (Matt Cullen, Sale Harriers Manchester) will be keen to build on his international success of last summer. The 18-year-old placed fifth in the European U20 Championships and is now a consistent performer over 5m in competition. With a PB of 5.10m under his belt, the teenager is looking to successfully raise the bar by another 10cm to qualify for Colombia.

In the throws, Owen Merrett (coach: Matt Spicer, club: Yate) is chasing 22cm in the hammer to secure the magic number of 70m to qualify for Cali. Merrett is still a youngster compared to many in this age group. He is currently ranked 16th in the world and desperate to show his might with a good performance against senior athletes in Loughborough.

Trevor Painter, Team Leader, said, “Loughborough is always an exciting meeting, early in the calendar when we can see how athletes are progressing for the season ahead. Many of these athletes have not represented GB&NI before and it’s always an enjoyable phone call to make, to deliver the good news. I look forward to seeing who will rise to the challenge and throw their hat into the ring as we look forward to selecting a Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team for Cali.”

The Loughborough International is a key competition opportunity in the British Athletics Olympic Performance Pathway which aims to provide opportunities to prepare, confirm and support promising young athletes on their journey towards future Olympic success.

The event, which gets underway at 11:00 am on Sunday, will see teams from England, Scotland, Wales, and Loughborough Students also fielding squads with guests also competing in the individual and relay races.

The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Under 20 team selected for the Loughborough International:

Women

100m: Joy Eze (Michael Donnelly Gateshead)

200m: Success Eduan (Anita Richardson, Sale Harriers Manchester)

400m: Isabelle Skelton (Bill Boyd, Corby)

800m: Abigail Ives (Luke Gunn, Basildon)

1500m: Pippa Roessler (Mick Woods, Aldershot, Farnham & District)

3000m: Alice Garner (Mick Woods, Aldershot, Farnham & District)

3000m Steeplechase: Jessica Hatch (Shireen Higgins, Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow)

100m Hurdles: Marli Jessop (Scott Grace, Shaftesbury Barnet)

400m Hurdles: Rachel Callan (Jackie Alexander & Anne Stewart, Giffnock North)

High Jump: Eloise Hind (Marcia Marriott, Oxford City)

Pole Vault: Sophie Ashurst (Andy Ashurst, Sale Harriers Manchester)

Long Jump: Molly Palmer (Lukasz Zawila, Charnwood)

Triple Jump: Georgina Scoot (Richard Derrick, Torbay)

Shot Put: Teddy Tchoudja (John Scott, Shettleston)

Hammer:  Jessica Charlie Bennett (David Callaway, Southampton)

Discus: Zara Obamakinwa (Mark Chapman, Blackheath & Bromley)

Javelin: Sophie Hamilton (Ken Holmes, Bristol & West)

4x100m Relay: Alyson Bell (William Glasgow, Giffnock North), Success Eduan (Anita Richardson, Sale), Joy Eze (Michael Donnelly, Gateshead), Brooke Ironside (Zac Kerin, Bournemouth), Emmanuella Kone (Helen Patricia James, Cardiff) and Sophie Walton (Trevor Williams, Ashton-Under-Lyne)

4 x 400m Relay: Yemi Mary John (Alan James, Woodford Green Essex Ladies), Isabelle Skelton (Bill Boyd, Corby), Poppy Malik (Grant Barber, Notts), Rachel Callan (Jackie Alexander & Anne Stewart, Giffnock North) and Sophia Vidak (Norrie Hay, Falkirk)

Men

100m: Michael Onilogbo (Carl Graham, Newham & Essex Beagles)

200m: Jason Kalala (Nat Senior, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets)

400m: Cam McGregor (James Wright, Rugby & Northampton)

800m: Samuel Reardon (Peter Venus, Tynedale)

1500m: Justin Davies (Martin Rush, Team Bath)

3000m: Johnny Livingstone (self-coached, Exeter)

110m Hurdles: Matthew Griffin (Paul Gripton, Birchfield)

400m Hurdles: Onyekachukwu Okoh (Jade Harding, Chelmsford)

High Jump: Sebastian Clatworthy (Simon Hemmings, Chelmsford)

Pole Vault: Lazarus Benjamin (Matt Cullen, Sale Harriers Manchester)

Long JumpToby Hiller (Daniel Hooker, Wimborne)

Triple Jump: Archie Yeo (Stephen Wymark, Kingston upon Hull)

Shot PutZac Davies (Stuart Carlaw, Harrow)

Hammer: Owen Merrett (Matt Spicer, Yate)

Discus: Edward Fileman (Gary Herrington, Tavistock)

Javelin: Callum Taylor, (Bronwin Carter, City of Portsmouth)

4x100m Relay: Jeriel Quainoo (Ryan Freckleton, Blackheath & Bromley), Tyler Panton (Peter Griffiths, Woking), Michael Onilogbo (Carl Graham, Newham & Essex Beagles), Emmanuel Duruiheoma (Ryan Freckleton, Shaftesbury Barnet), Jason Kalala (Nat Senior, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets), Medwin Odamtten (Gladys Bird, Woodford Green Essex Ladies) and James Grindle (Adrian Hemery, Thames Valley)

4 x 400m Relay: Samuel Reardon (Nigel Stickings, Blackheath & Bromley), Brodie Young (James McMenemy, Airdrie Harriers), Cam McGregor (James Wright, Rugby & Northampton), Reuben Henry-Daire (Paul Herrington, Reading AC), and Onyekachukwu Okoh (Jade Harding, Chelmsford)

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