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Andy Vernon and Chris Thompson dominate UK Champs and European selection 10K

Andy Vernon and Chris Thompson dominate UK Champs and European selection 10K
Mike Neighbour

Congratulations to AFD’s Andy Vernon and Chris Thompson who came 1st and second in the British and English 10K track championships held at Parliament Hill Fields track and organised by Highgate Harriers. Andy’s time of 28min 26.59seconds was within the UK A standard qualifier for the European Championships (12-17 August in Zurick Switzerland) and while 2nd place Chris with a time of 28min 49.77second was outside the UK A standard, his previous mark of 27 40.81 last year is within the qualifier period. As the British selection criterian states
“The first two placed eligible athlete(s) in each individual Trials event will be automatically selected for that same event, provided the necessary British Athletics individual qualification standard has been achieved by that athlete during the qualification period “

Both Andy and Chris will be chosen to represent GB in Zurick

Selection for the Commonwealth games is far from straight forward but with only Chris with a time of 27min 40.81 last year has the English A standard, while Andy’s is just outside the B standard and may not even be considered. There appears to be no leaway in the selection criteria to consider the English weather.