Butchart heads 40-strong British team for Lisbon

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Andrew Butchart will be contesting the senior men's race at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon on 8 December

Olympic 5000m finalist Andrew Butchart headlines a 40-strong British team for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon, Portugal on 8 December.

Butchart, who won an individual bronze medal in Samorin in 2017, is one of 21 athletes selected on the British team to have won a medal at these championships in the past, including 13 from last year’s edition in Tilburg in the Netherlands.

Butchart is joined on the team by trials winner Ben Connor who - like Butchart - was part of Great Britain’s gold medal-winning team at the 2016 European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy.

Other notable names on the senior men’s team include Adam Hickey, Great Britain’s youngest ever male medallist (aged 16 in 2004) in championship history. He makes his first European Cross Country Championships appearance since 2015. Patrick Dever, who was the top British finisher at the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark in March, also makes his senior debut after finishing fifth in the U23 race in 2018.

On the women’s side, trials winner Jess Judd secures her first senior individual cross country vest and goes in search of a seventh championship medal, flanked by teammates Charlotte Arter and nine-time medallist Kate Avery, both of whom took team silver last year in Tilburg.

Judd has won individual medals at both U20 and U23 level and was part of Great Britain’s mixed relay team in 2018.

This year’s mixed relay team consists of Alex Bell, Jonathan Davies, Sarah McDonald and James McMurray who will be looking to reclaim the title they won in Samorin in 2017 - the first time the mixed relay formed part of the European Cross Country Championships programme. 

Great Britain is the most successful nation in the history of the European Cross Country Championships. Since the first edition in Alnwick in 1994, Great Britain has won a total of 155 medals including 62 gold medals. 

The Brits, however, were only fourth on the medal table in Tilburg last year with one gold medal and six in total. Norway topped the medal table with three gold medals. 

The full British team can be found here.