England Athletics are delighted to announce the team for this year’s utra challenge, the 2019 Anglo Celtic Plate (ACP) 100k.
The ACP was the brain child of John Foden, the same man who had the idea for a little event in Greece called the Spartathlon which involves running 250km from Athens to Sparta! Foden established a 100km road event in 1993, utilising the traffic free paths of Holme Pierrepoint Park, where the National Water Sports Centre had been created just outside Nottingham. His aim was to create a platform whereby every year, the British Isles had an event where promising ultra-runners had the opportunity to represent their own country and to compete against one another.
This year’s home nations international takes place in Perth, Scotland and a team of five men and three women will be representing England. The team includes a mix of experience – with the likes of Melissa Venables a previous winner in Perth back in 2016, and Sophie Carter who finished runner up in Wales in 2018. Kevin Rojas who has previously represented England at the marathon with a lifetime best of 2:18:44 takes on the 100k challenge for the first time, whilst the remainder of the team will all proudly don the England vest for the first time.
Team Leader Walter Hill said, “I am delighted that England Athletics are sending a full team to Perth. The Anglo Celtic Plate has a long history where the aim has been to provide an opportunity for emerging talent to shine in an international atmosphere. 2019 will be no different and I am proud to lead an England Team with significant potential.”
Jon Barnes (Club: Cheltenham)
Charlie Harpur (Club:Mid Essex)
Kevin Rojas (Club: Brighton & Hove, Coach: Allison Benton)
Andrew Siggers (Club: Kenilworth Runners)
Ollie Garrod (Club: South London)
Betty Bohane (Club: Royston)
Melissa Venables (Club: Spa Striders, Coach: Les Barnett)
Sophie Carter (Club: Woodstock)
Team Leader: Walter Hill
Team Coach: Darren Reevell