11th April 2022
BRITISH TEAM NAMED FOR THE IAU 100KM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be represented by eight athletes at the IAU 100km World Championships which will be held in Berlin, Germany this August (27).
After one of the most competitive 100km races ever seen in the country at the annual Anglo Celtic Plate Home Countries International with seven men breaking the seven-hour barrier and three women under eight-hours, GB & NI will field a strong team in the German capital later this year.
England’s Matt Dickinson (Phillip Kissi, Clapham Chasers) and Scotland’s Jo Murphy (unattached) claimed the men’s and women’s British 100km championship titles respectively in Perth, booking their places on the team.
Dickinson achieved almost even 50k splits to win the trial in 6:39:34, while Jason Kelly (self-coached, Metro Aberdeen) was second in 6.42:23 with Ollie Garrod (South London Harriers) taking third in 6:46:50, all earning a call-up to the GB & NI squad. Northern Ireland’s Gareth King was fourth at the trial in a time of 6:47:33 to earn his first international vest.
Scotland’s Jo Murphy produced a well-paced race at the trial to run a negative split coming home in 7:41:12, which was a personal best by almost 10 minutes, to achieve her first British vest.
Sam Amend (Andrew Walling, Belgrave), who has competed on several British teams in recent times, took second place in 7:48:39, also a PB, with Caroline Turner (Lonely Goat RC) running her first 100k in 7:51:39 for third spot and a seat on the plane to Germany. Amy Sarkies (Rugby & Northampton), who finished in a time of 8:00.50 at the trial, completes the women’s quartet.
Team Leader Walter Hill said, “After a trial race of high-quality, we are very pleased to be selecting such a strong British team to compete at the 100km World Championships later in the summer.
“The racing at the Anglo Celtic Plate Home Countries International shows that ultra-running is in a very strong position in the country for both men and women, so we are really looking forward to heading to Berlin to take on the best in the world in August.”
The British team for the IAU 100km World Championships in Berlin, Germany on 27 August 2022:
Sam Amend (Andrew Walling, Belgrave)
Amy Sarkies (Rugby & Northampton)
Caroline Turner (Lonely Goat RC)
Matt Dickinson (Phillip, Kissi, Clapham Chasers)
Ollie Garrod (South London Harriers)
Jason Kelly (self-coached, Metro Aberdeen)
*Photo credit: Stuart Ross