Sheffield cross country ace can seal Euro trip

Andy Heyes
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The Cross Country Challenge at Liverpool tomorrow doubles up as the trial for the British team line-us in the European Championships in Bulgaria next month, not only for seniors but for under 23 and 20 athletes as well.

Hallamshire’s Andy Heyes is a strong contender for a place in the men’s team.

He is experienced, having run in the European at under 23 level, and has been in outstanding form in relays recently both on the road and country.

Third in the National Cross Country last winter, he need fear no-one even though the field will be a strong one.

The first four are guaranteed selection with another two places at the discretion of the selectors.

His Hallamshire team mate Dave Archer is also in the field.

The under 23 athletes run with the seniors and here the field includes James Gray (City of Sheffield).

The women’s field includes Rotherham’s Sam Johnson and Annabelle Grady whilst another Rotherham runner, Natasha Hatswell, runs as an under 23.

Hallamshire pair Tom Bains and Connor Milnes are listed in the junior (under 20) field along with Bertie Houghton (Doncaster).

There are also races for the younger age groups with runners including: Under 17 boys, James Gormley and Jonathan Shields (City of Sheffield); Under 15 boys, Alfie Manthorpe and Matthew Shaw (City of Sheffield.)

Under 15 girls, Alice Moore (Barnsley AC), Amelia Lancaster (City of Sheffield) and Mya Taylor (Rotherham); Under 13 girls, Grace Harris (Rotherham).