This weekend sees the annual Loughborough International at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium featuring emerging talent and established internationals. 

The Loughborough International has long been a proving ground for young emerging talent and also provides a competitive opportunity for established internationals in front of a good crowd at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium. This year’s competition is includes teams from England, Scotland, Wales, GB&NI Juniors, BUCS and Loughborough Students as well as invited guest athletes.

Alongside a packed timetable of sprint and field events endurance fans can look forward to seeing competitive 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 3000SC races.

Young Talent

The start list features some names we expect to be future stars of British distance running. U/20 National XC Champion Amelia Quirk races 3,000m looking to improve on her 2nd place finish last year. The Scottish team features the likes of GB international Eloise Walker. The under 20 has had a fine year competing in the World Cross and running 9:27 to finish 11th Armagh International Road Race. The GB team also includes European Youth silver medallist Anna Burt racing in the 800m.

Sam Charlton competes in the 3,000m having already claimed English School XC and u/17 National XC titles this year. European u/18 3,000m Gold Medallist Thomas Keen features for the GB team and we are also excited to see the continued development of Piers Copeland with both athletes racing in the 1500m.

Bob Smith coached Copeland achieved a fabulous bronze medal in the British Indoor Championships over 3,000m earlier this year. Commonwealth Youth Games Champion Alex Botterill races in the 800m having recently claimed both BUCs indoor and outdoor titles.

Established Internationals

The 1500m race features AFD’s Adam Clarke. The GB International has a PB of 3:38.35 but with an excellent range has run PBs of 4:01.02 for the mile and 29:28 for 10km this year.

The women’s 1500m race includes Holly Archer who place 5th in last week’s Ipswich Twilight 5km with 16:04. England Internationals over 10km Danielle Hodgkinson and Lucy Crookes race in the 3,000m. Tickets are still available should you want to see the action with events taking place from 11am – 18:30.

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