The anticipation mounts as the British cross-country running squad prepares to storm the European Championships in Brussels on December 10. Megan Keith, Hugo Milner, and Innes FitzGerald headline a formidable team set to vie for top honors on the challenging European terrain.

Megan Keith, a standout contender, enters the championship as the favorite for the under-23 title. Her recent triumph at the British trials in Liverpool, boasting a remarkable 53-second lead, underscores her dominance. With previous success in the European under-23 5000m category, Keith aims to add a prestigious European cross-country gold to her collection.

ESPOO, FINLAND – JULY 13: Megan Keith of Great Britain competes in Women’s 5000m during European Athletics U23 Championships Espoo – Day 1 on July 13, 2023 in Espoo, Finland. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images for European Athletics)

Accompanying her, Abbie Donnelly and Jess Warner-Judd spearhead the senior women’s team, while Innes FitzGerald, a force in domestic cross-country, eyes a podium finish alongside Jess Bailey, following a solid performance at Sefton Park. Their ambition echoes past British triumphs, notably the astonishing sweep by the British under-20 women’s team in Brussels back in 2008.

In the senior men’s division, Hugo Milner takes the helm, ready to step into the spotlight in the absence of defending champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen. Milner’s recent victory at Sefton Park cements his status as a formidable contender. Zak Mahamed and Callum Elson complement Milner, aiming to leave an indelible mark at the European Championships.

The under-23 and under-20 teams boast promising talents, led by Matt Stonier, Will Barnicoat, and Henry Dover, each showcasing their prowess in their respective categories.

The British contingent comprises a 40-strong squad, with representatives across various categories primed to showcase their mettle on the European stage. The team roster includes:

Senior Women:

  • Niamh Bridson Hubbard
  • Abbie Donnelly
  • Izzy Fry
  • Amelia Quirk
  • Poppy Tank
  • Jessica Warner-Judd

Senior Men:

  • Callum Elson
  • Calum Johnson
  • Zakariya Mahamed
  • Alfie Manthorpe
  • Angus McMillan
  • Hugo Milner

Under-23 Women:

  • Megan Keith
  • Olivia Mason
  • Lynn McKenna
  • Alexandra Millard
  • Eloise Walker
  • Tia Wilson

Under-23 Men:

  • Will Barnicoat
  • Matt Stonier
  • James Kingston
  • Rory Leonard
  • Henry McLuckie
  • Tomer Tarragano

Under-20 Women:

  • Jess Bailey
  • Innes FitzGerald
  • Zoe Hunter
  • Moli Lyons
  • Katie Pye
  • Lizzie Wellsted

Under-20 Men:

  • Henry Dover
  • Sam Hodgson
  • Andrew McGill
  • Rowan Miell-Ingram
  • Sam Mills
  • Louis Small

Senior Mixed Relay:

  • Adam Fogg
  • Joshua Lay
  • Khahisa Mhlanga
  • Bethan Morley

The British squad is poised to elevate the nation’s flag at the European Championships, aiming for stellar performances and podium finishes across all divisions.