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UK Athletics

World Cross Country Senior Trials To Be Held At Bath

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UK Athletics (UKA) and the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) are delighted to announce that the BUSA Cross Country Championships at Bath University on Saturday 3 February 2007 will include the World Trials for senior athletes aiming to get into the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team at this winter’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya.


BUSA representative Wes Grant said of the one-off agreement: “This is a unique opportunity for university athletes of all levels to compete against world-class athletes while. Elite level athletes within the university system have every chance to pursue their athletics goals. We are pleased to have been able to work with UKA to come to an agreement that is best for our athletes.”


Spencer Barden, UKA’s Senior Co-ordinator – Endurance, agreed: “This arrangement enables us to strengthen our links with one of the organisations that is capable of increasing the quality and quantity of the UK’s international-standard athletes, especially as many of our Performance Centres are based at universities such as Birmingham, Brunel, Loughborough, St Mary’s, UWIC and Bath. Last winter, the UKA Endurance Management Group was able to help to fund the British Team that won medals at the World Students’ Cross Country Championships in Algeria. Now we are cooperating again in an attempt to make sure our best athletes get to the Worlds in the best possible shape.


“When I was competing for Loughborough not so many years ago, I would have relished the chance to line-up against the likes of Mo Farah, the European 5000m silver medallist. And I’m sure the current crop of students will rise to the challenge of measuring themselves against athletes of the outstanding calibre of Mo and Hayley Yelling, the European Cross Country Champion of 2004.


“The World Trials for Seniors need to be held earlier than usual this winter to give our athletes time to prepare for the testing weather conditions in Mombasa. The first 3 eligible senior athletes over the line on 3 February will be automatically selected. The selectors will fill the remaining places based on all known form up to and including that date. The senior team will be announced on 5 February. This will enable time for the seniors to spend time at a warm weather preparation camp in Durban, South Africa, prior to the World Cross.”


Entry forms will be available on the BUSA and UKA websites in early December 2006.