TYTHERINGTON-BASED runner Dan Studley will wear the senior England vest for the third time in the Cross Internacional de Italica in Seville, Spain, on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Oxford Brookes University student has been called up to men’s cross country squad following a series of impressive performances recently and will rub shoulders with some of the best cross country runners in the world at the IAAF event.
Studley won the South West Inter Counties Cross Country Championship, which featured nine counties, by 53 seconds.
The win over the challenging course at Killerton House in Devon helped his club Bristol and West Athletics take the team prize.
After tackling the first of several testing climbs that made full use of the natural contours of the estate, Studley picked a rare flat section to forge ahead and then extended his lead on the last of three laps.
This came only seven days after Studley broke the coveted 30-minute barrier for 10km on the road.
He clocked 29.48 to come third in the Ribble Valley 10K in Clitheroe, finishing behind Great Britain internationals Jonny Mellor and Callum Hawkins. Studley finished 2013 as number three in Great Britian’s under-23 rankings for 10k on the road.
That was despite Studley missing five weeks of training with nerve trouble in his leg following the track season, where he improved to personal bests of 1:52 and 3:45 for 800m and 1500m respectively.
Studley is also hoping to do well is the British Universities’ cross country championships in Stirling, Scotland, on February 1.