Jack Martin returns to GB action this weekend

Sunderland-born Jack Martin has been rewarded for his great form with a call up to the Great Britain Senior Men’s team for Saturday’s Great Edinburgh Cross Country.

Martin, along with Hallamshire’s Andy Heyes, have been called up to replace injured duo Dewi Griffiths and Sam Stabler in the team.

Former Sunderland Harrier Martin has enjoyed a fine cross country season which has included victory in the North Eastern County Championships in December, a tenth place finish in the European Cross Country Trials in November and the sixth fastest leg at the National Cross Country Relays.

The Stockport Harrier represented Great Britain in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country last year where he finished 24th in a race won by USA’s Leonard Korir following an epic battle with GB’s Callum Hawkins.

Martin told SportsByte: “I’m excited to be running in the Edinburgh Cross Country for the second year in a row. It’s a very high standard race as I found out last year with the likes of Mo Farah and Hawkins in the team.

“I’ve been in good winter form and trained well over the Christmas period so I’m looking to get in and amongst the field and test myself against some of the top domestic, European and American distance runners.”

The Great Edinburgh Cross Country sees the Great Britain team take on a representative team from Europe and a team from the USA.

Last year’s winner Korir returns to defend his title and leads a USA team that also contains three-time winner Garrett Heath, while Team Europe features 2017’s European Cross Country Champion, Kaan Kigen Ozbilan of Turkey.

The Great Britain Senior Men will be hoping for a better team performance this year after finishing some way behind the USA team in 2017 and will be led by Stockport’s Ben Connor who finished sixth in last month’s European Cross Country Championships in Samorin, Slovakia.

Connor, Heyes and Martin are joined in the team by Patrick Dever, Nick Goolab, Chris Olley, Alex Teuten, Mahamed Mahamed and Andy Vernon.

The Championship takes place at Holyrood Park on Saturday and is televised live on BBC One between 13:15 and 15:15.