Joel Fearon will run his first race since clocking 9.96sec to win the England Athletics title when he competes in the inaugural Manchester International on 17 August.
The Birchfield Harrier and international bobsledder sped to joint third place on the British all-time list for 100m when taking the gold medal at Bedford. He will be looking to continue his winning ways as part of the England team who will compete against opposition including Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and a Great Britain Under 20 team.
Fearon, who is coached by Michael Khmel, said, “I am very happy to be running for England as it is not often you get to represent your country and compete at this level. I am very glad to be able to run.
“I’ll be looking to get maximum points for my country and to run fast. It is going to be a nice occasion, I know I’ll have very good support from my team and I’m going to go out there and enjoy myself.”
The England team sees many of the athletes who claimed national titles in the England Athletics AAA & UK CAU Senior Championships in action. Among these are Dan Gardiner (Club: Sheffield & Dearne, Coach: Mike Stayman) who leapt out to 7.96 in the long jump and Jess Judd (Club: Chelmsford, Coach: George Gandy/ Mick Judd) who took the 1500m title in impressive front running style.
England Athletics Head of Coaching and Athlete Development Martin Rush said, “Any sporting international between home countries generates a tremendous buzz. We saw many athletes perform at a high level in the England Athletics championships to gain their selection with Joel’s performance particularly eye catching.
“We are delighted that we can offer our athletes this opportunity to represent their country. We know our athletes will relish the competitive opportunity and that the other teams will be giving us a great competition. We would like to thank Manchester City Council for their support in the hosting of this event.”
As well as home country and British Junior teams, also competing in the match will be the UK Armed Forces and a combined British Athletics League and UK Women’s League.
More details on the match are available at www.englandathletics.org/manchester-international.
Tickets are available from https://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/england-athletics-manchester-international-tickets/241653. Tickets for Adults are £5, with accompanied children free of charge.
England Athletics team
100m: Joel Fearon (Birchfield, Michael Khmel)
200m: Reece Prescod (Enfield & Haringey, Jonas Tawiah Doddoo)
400m: Conrad Williams (Kent AC, Lloyd Cowan)
800m: Max Wharton (Liverpool H, Mark Goldie)
Mile: Alex Tovey (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow, Conrad Milton)
3000m: Richard Weir (Derby, Spencer Duval)
3,000m Walk: Dan King (Colchester H, George Nibre)
110m Hurdles: Khai Riley-La-Borde (Enfield & Haringey, Ray Gibbins)
400m Hurdles: Richard Yates (Sheffield & Dearne, Stephen Ball)
2,000m S/C: Tommy Horton (Hallamshire, Bashir Hussain)
High Jump: Michael Edwards (Birchfield, Fuzz Caan)
Long Jump: Daniel Gardiner (Sheffield & Dearne, Mike Stayman)
Triple Jump: Benjamin Williams (Sale Harriers Manchester, John Crotty)
Pole Vault: Jack Phipps (Birchfield, Kate Rooney)
Shot: Scott Lincoln (City of York/ Liverpool H, Paul Wilson)
Discus: Greg Thompson (Shaftesbury Barnet, Neville Thompson)
Javelin: Gavin Johnson-Assoon (Herne Hill, Piotr Spas)
Hammer: Taylor Campbell (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow, John Pearson)
100m: Sophie Papps (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow, Stewart Challis)
200m: Kimbely Baptiste (Crawley)
400m: Phillipa Lowe (Dacorum & Tring/ Shaftesbury Barn, Deb Keenleyside)
800m: Katy-Ann McDonald (Blackheath, Phillip Kissi)
Mile: Jessica Judd (Chelmsford, George Gandy/Mick Judd)
3000m: Claire Duck (Leeds, Mike Baxter)
3,000m Walk: Gemma Bridge (Oxford City, Mark Wall)
100m Hurdles: Angelita Broadbelt-Blake (Thames Valley Harriers, Lloyd Cowan/Clarence Callender)
400m Hurdles: Hayley McLean (Chelmsford, Chris Zah)
2,000m S/C: Charlotte Green (Bristol & West/Mendip, David Taylor)
High Jump: Bethan Partridge (Birchfield, Fuzz Caan)
Long Jump: Elise Lovell (Hastings AC, Steve King)
Triple Jump: Sineade Gutzmore (Birchfield, Aston Moore)
Pole Vault: Jade Ive (Sutton & District, Alan Williams)
Shot: Danielle Opara (Thames Valley, Geoff Capes)
Discus: Amy Holder (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow, Neville Thompson)
Javelin : Jo Blair (Luton/ Shaftesbury Barnet, David Burrell)
Hammer: Lucy Marshall (Woodford Green Essex Ladies, Gary Herrington)