Vernon and Wilkinson lead the way at World trials

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 06 Aug '12

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Steve Vernon at this year's Inter Counties race

Steve Vernon retained his UKA Mountain Running title yesterday, as he was a very comfortable winner of the GB trial race for the World MR Champs next month. The Stockport man went into the race as clear favourite, after leading the GB men home in last months EMRC in Turkey…

Glenridding – and Helvellyn – in the Lakes was the venue for this selection race which saw (bar a few absences) the cream of UK mountain running take to the start line.

The win ensures that Vernon will once again spearhead a UK mountain running team heading out to Vallecamonica for the championships on the 2nd of September, as he covered the 11.5km race in 55:46, over a minute and a half up on his nearest competitor.

Racing behind saw a great tussle between Ethiopian (running for Cambuslang) Wegene Tafese and 2012 British Fell Champs Joe Symonds, with Tafese prevailing by one second in 57:18. Behind them the talent was deep as 2011 Commonwealth champ James McMullan pipped Chris Smith for fourth, with Northumberland athlete Nick Swinburn in sixth. With 2012 Snowdon winner Murray Strain in seventh, Prasad Prasad 8th, Gareth Raven 9th and Rob Samuel in 10th, the top 10 was packed with GB internationals.

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Victoria Wilkinson

It was a good day for Vic Wilkinson too as she defeated Kate Goodhead in the senior women’s race by 21 seconds, as she covered the 6.5km route in 40:11. The Bingley runner has represented GB at the World Champs in the past, having been crowned World Junior Champion in 1997, so it’s great to see her back on form and looking ahead to yet another GB vest.

Rebecca Robinson was third, with Katie Walshaw 4th and Claire Whitehead making up the top 5. Running the same distance Brad Travis was a comfy winner of the junior men’s race, ahead of Peter Harrison and Garry Rankin.

Teams for the forthcoming Championships in Italy will be announced soon, and with the absence of Robbie Simpson (senior men), Emma Clayton (senior women) and Mary Wilkinson (senior women), it will be interesting to see how the selections go.

There was a predictable win for the newly crowned Euro champ Annabel Mason, showing her huge potential and class winning the junior women’s race by almost two minutes from Mel Hyder and Caroline Lambert.

Leading results

Junior Women – Top 5
1. Annabel Mason 19:43
2. Melanie Hyder 21:30
3. Caroline Lambert 22:31
4. Beckie Taylor 22:53
5. Scout Adkin 23:15

Junior Men – Top 5
1. Brad Traviss 37:42
2. Peter Harrison 38:03
3. Garry Rankin 38:09
4. Josh Griffiths 38:24
5. Joe Johnston 38:58

Senior Women – Top 10
1. Victoria Wilkinson 40:11
2. Kate Goodhead 40:32
3. Rebecca Robinson 40:57
4. Katie Walshaw 41:45
5. Clare Whitehead 41:59
6. Jo Buckley 42:06
7. Anna Lupton 42:43
8. Christina Rankin 42:51
9. Rachel Felton 43:21
10. Sharon Taylor 43:51

Senior Men – Top 20
1. Steve Vernon 55:46
2. Wegene Tafese (ETH) 57:18
3. Joe Symonds 57:19
4. James McMullan 57:40
5. Chris Smith 57:52
6. Nick Swinburn 58:17
7. Murray Strain 58:42
8. Prasad Prasad 59:31
9. Gareth Raven 59:33
10. Rob Samuel 60:11
11. Adam Osborne 60:20
12. Rob Hope 61:02
13. John Mooney 61:06
14. Darren Kay 61:23
15. Mark Addison 61:25
16. Tom Addison 62:19
17. Joe Morwood 62:20
18. Richard Phillips 62:30
19. Chunky Liston 62:45
20. Joseph Dalgleish 63:15

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