10 athletes have been selected by British Athletics to represent the country at the IAU 50km World Championships in Brasov, Romania later this year, including Olympian Aly Dixon (club: Sunderland Stroller) who makes a step up in distance.
The Championships, taking place on the 1 September 2019, will be the first edition of the event since 2016, when Great Britain & Northern Ireland won women’s team gold and men’s team silver on that occasion.
Hannah Oldroyd (Ribble Valley Harriers) was a member of that gold medal winning team three years ago, and returns to the fold in 2019, joined by four women seeking to recreate the success of 2016.
Oldroyd will be joined by Dixon who makes her first international appearance over the distance. After representing her country at World, European and Commonwealth level, this will be her first outing over the 50km distance compared to the marathon [42km].
Wakefield’s Julie Briscoe, Danielle Nimmock (Pauline Ash, City of Norwich), Helen Davies (Ipswich Jaffa) – the latter revised her marathon personal best to 2:34.08 in Brighton last month – complete the women’s quintet.
The men’s team includes Paul Martelletti (Nick Anderson, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets) and Lee Grantham (East Cheshire) who have previously competed in British squads.
Dan Nash (Cardiff) and Alex Milne (Enfield & Haringey) are both selected after lowering their career bests over the marathon distance in recent weeks, posting times of 2:18.51 and 2:20.08 respectively. Kevin Rojas (Allison Benton, Brighton & Hove) will also receive his first British vest after the call-up.
The British team for the IAU 50km World Championships in Brasov, Romania on the 1 September 2019:
Lee Grantham (East Cheshire)
Paul Martelletti (Nick Anderson, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets)
Alex Milne (Enfield & Haringey)
Dan Nash (Cardiff)
Kevin Rojas (Allison Benton, Brighton & Hove)
Julie Briscoe (Wakefield)
Helen Davies (Ipswich Jaffa)
Aly Dixon (Sunderland Strollers)
Danielle Nimmock (Pauline Ash, City of Norwich)
Hannah Oldroyd (Ribble Valley Harriers)