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Gorecka leads GB bid

Defending junior champion Emelia Gorecka will lead a 36-strong GB team at next month's European Cross-Country Championships in Budapest.

Gorecka, 18, is Britain's only defending individual champion, but the squad will be looking to defend the four team titles won 12 months ago.

"Budapest has always been the aim for this part of my season," Gorecka said. "Every other race has been a stepping stone so I cannot wait to freshen up and go out and compete.

"The team is looking very strong, which is very exciting."

Senior men's team manager Terrence Mahon, confirmed this week as UKA's endurance coach, said: "This will be my first European Cross and I'm looking forward to getting to know the athletes.

"As a team we have a very strong record in this event. We've finished top of the medal table for the last four years and have achieved a clean sweep of medals on three occasions in the last four years.

"I hope that tradition can continue this year and cap off an exciting and successful year for endurance running in the UK."

Full team:

Senior Men: Tom Farrell; Keith Gerrard; Tom Humphries; Jonathan Taylor; Andy Vernon; Steve Vernon

Senior Women: Elle Baker; Louise Damen; Caryl Jones; Rosie Smith; Emily Wicks; Katrina Wootton

Under-23 Men: Nick Goolab; Dewi Griffiths; Jonny Hay; Simon Horsfield; Scott McDonald; James Wilkinson

Under-23 Women: Hannah Alderson; Jess Coulson; Lauren Howarth; Lily Partridge; Beth Potter; Hannah Walker

Junior Men: Ian Bailey; Kieran Clements; Charlie Grice; Charlie Hulson; William Paulson; Luke Traynor

Junior Women: Rhona Auckland; Alex Clay; Emelia Gorecka; Jessica Judd; Annabel Mason; Jenny Walsh