RICHARD Peters’ is a dark horse for the European Cross Country trials at Sefton Park, in Liverpool, tomorrow.
The 19-year-old Bristol & West AC runner, who has been troubled by an Achilles tendon injury, made a late decision to enter after finishing third in the British Milers’ Club Championships on the Bristol Downs last weekend.
“Rich produced what was surely his best ever cross-country performance at this level,” said coach Mike Down.
“Not surprisingly it has encouraged him now to enter the European Under 20 trials race this weekend, and if he can repeat this form over the longer 6.7K distance, which admittedly will take some doing if the going is heavy, he could be knocking on the door of at least the top ten.”
Also aiming for a top ten finish in the Under 20 women’s race will be the Bristol & West AC trio of Eleanor Wimshurst, Katie Knowles and Annabel Gummow.
“You just don’t know what might happen there and if one of the girls comes up trumps then they might not be far away from making the team,” added Down.
In the senior men’s race it will be interesting to see how Tom Russell fares just a week after his impressive victory in the BMC Championships.
“As I’m in the senior ranks now there will be no pressure on me so we’ll see what happens,” said Russell.
Likewise team-mates Phil Wylie, who finished 11th at the McCain Challenge in Gateshead and will relish the soft going in Liverpool, Tom Merson and Robbie Bugden will all be targeting the top 25.