Published 27th May 2021 by mymo
British endurance running is on fire and athletics fans were lucky enough to see some exciting racing from British athletes at the Olympic Marathon trials and more recently at the Diamond league meeting in Gateshead.
The European cup is the next big event in the calendar which is held as the Muller British Athletics 10,000m championships and doubles up as the Olympic Trial race. 12 athletes have been selected for Team GB (six male, six female) and the first two across the line with the Olympic qualifying time will be selected to represent Great Britain in the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.
The move to run the championships in this way is a change from previous years where it has been held as part of the Highgate ‘Night of the 10,000m pbs’ event, famous for having spectators close to the action in a real spectacle event. Due to Covid restrictions, the event will now take place at the University of Birmingham on Saturday, June 5th.
All eyes on the guys
While both teams are stacked, the mens’ race has gathered extra attention as fan favourite Sir Mo Farah returns to the track to run 10,000m - a distance many athletics fans know and identify with - for the first time since the World Championships in London 2017. This is also Mo’s first trial race since 2010 so a great chance for fans to see him back in action and looking to grab an Olympic spot. There is a lot of attention too on Marc Scott and Sam Atkin, both of whom have recently run the Olympic Qualifying time (under 27:28) and look ready for a great showdown. Jake Smith is also one to watch, referred to as the ‘Maverick’ by coach James Thie, Smith recently ran a 3000m PB in the same week as running the Olympic Qualifying time (although outside of the qualification period) in his debut marathon. His range makes him a very exciting prospect. Not to be overlooked are Emille Cairess and Kristian Jones, also in the squad.
Women of World class
The female field is equally as exciting with Jenny Nesbitt in great form, winning the BMC 5000 and the Speedway 10k in the last month alone. She has said herself she is still looking for a golden performance and hopefully the trial event is her chance to shine. Also named in the squad is Eilish McColgan, already posting the OQT (under 31:25) earlier this year, Jess Judd, running one second slower than OQT in the USA a few weeks ago, European 3000m champ Amy Eloise Markovc and Verity Ockenden. Completing the squad is Lily Partridge who moves back to track after mainly focusing on making the marathon team and looking to join partner Ben Connor (Marathon Team) on the plane to Tokyo.
Coverage of the 10,000m cup is expected to be streamed via Athletics Weekly on June 5th.
Anji, who is our social media manager, was lucky enough to witness the British Olympic Marathon trials on Friday while reporting on behalf of Marathon Talk. Here, she gives us a 'behind the scenes' review.
Following our feature on female British endurance runners, here's our take on the men's. Who are the one's to watch and what shoe brands are they wearing?