Euro Cross Country: GB defend five gold medals in Bulgaria

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GB women dominate Euro cross county
European Cross Country Championships
Venue: Samokov, Bulgaria Date: Sunday 14 December
Coverage: Live on BBC Red button 08:10-13:25 GMT

Great Britain will attempt to improve on last year's five gold medals at the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria on Sunday.

Britain topped the medal table in Belgrade 12 months ago with nine medals, including golds in one junior and five team categories.

Gemma Steel will hope to improve on her individual silver medal and help the

Jessica Judd returns from the track to line up in the under-20 race.

The 19-year-old from Essex reached the European and Commonwealth 800m finals this summer but showed her cross-country form with an 11-second victory in the U20 race at the Liverpool Cross Challenge two weeks ago.

Steel, 29, won the senior race and will lead a team in Samokov that also includes Kate Avery, Lily Partridge, Sonia Samuels, Stephanie Twell and Elle Vernon.

Emelia Gorecka will step up to the under-23 team after winning the junior title in two of the last three years.

Andrew Butchart, Luke Caldwell, Adam Hickey, Tom Lancashire, Ross Millington and Tom Wade make up the senior men's team, which won team and individual bronze last year.

GB & NI team

Senior men: Andrew Butchart, Luke Caldwell, Adam Hickey, Tom Lancashire, Ross Millington, Tom Wade.

Senior women: Kate Avery, Lily Partridge, Sonia Samuels, Gemma Steel, Stephanie Twell, Elle Vernon

U23 men: Jonathan Davies, William Gray, Callum Hawkins, Jonathan Hay, Charlie Hulson, Marc Scott

U23 women: Rhona Auckland, Emelia Gorecka, Maryse Haynes, Kate Holt, Rebecca Murray, Alice Wright

U20 men: Elliot Bowker, Peter Chambers, Jonathan Glen, Jac Hopkins, Michael Vennard, Kieran Wood

U20 women: Amy Griffiths, Jessica Judd, Phoebe Law, Georgina Outten, Becky Straw, Lydia Turner

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