England Teams: Venta de Banos International Cross Country Meeting

The England Teams that have been selected for the Venta de Banos International Cross Country Meeting on 17 December 2017 are:

Junior Women – Team Manager Barbara Cutting
Niamh Bridson Hubbard, Blackheath and Bromley
Scarlet Dale, Lancaster and Morecambe AC
Chloe Sharp, Dartford Harriers
Kirsty Walker, Reading AC

Junior Men – Team Manager Keith Holt
Archie Davis, Brighton Phoenix
Ricky Lutakome, Sutton & District AC
Luke Prior, Aldershot Farnham & District AC
Sam Stevens, Leicester Coritanian AC

Senior Women – Team Manager Sue Lamb
Katie Bingle, Aldershot Farnham & Dist AC
Charlotte Christensen, Cambridge & Coleridge AC
Emily Hosker Thornhill, Aldershot Farnham & Dist AC
Verity Ockenden, Swansea H

Senior Men – Team Manager Eamonn Martin
Nick Goolab, Belgrave H
Daniel Jarvis, Liverpool H
Graham Rush, Cheltenham AC

The Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños is held in Venta de Baños, Castile and León, Spain. The competition was first held in 1980 and since then it has been held every year in mid-December. Among the past winners are international athletes, such as former World Cross Country Champions Kenenisa Bekele and Gelete Burka, and local athletes Marta Domínguez and Isaac Viciosa (both former European Champions). The competition began life as a regional competition, the Cross de Navidad (Christmas cross country), in 1980. The race became national in its second edition and, following the acceptance of an English team into the competition in 1982 and it obtained its current name – the Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños. The competition was televised throughout Spain for the first time in 1984, but it was not until 1995 that the competition was broadcast annually.