Euan Brennan’s running success has continued in recent weeks with impressive runs for both England U18s and Great Britain U20s Mountain Running teams.
Euan (L6) represented England in the International Mountain Running Youth Cup in Lanzada, Italy, where he finished second with a time of 20:34, 24 seconds behind the winner, in a field of 50 boys. The team took gold with a near perfect score.
Commenting after the race, Euan said: “It was quite a tough, narrow course and it was very hot. I got stuck behind one of the Turkish runners on the first lap but managed to come through on the second lap. I’m pleased with my performance and delighted to contribute to my country winning gold.”
Following on from his second-place finish in Italy, Euan travelled to Skopje, Macedonia, with the Great Britain squad for the European Mountain Running Championships. Euan, who is 17, admitted to feeling some nerves prior to competing in the U20s race, which was his first at European level and first for Great Britain. He said: “I definitely felt the pressure more than any other race but once we got going I was OK. This is a big event and was a step up from the Youth Cup in Italy. There were TV crews, press conferences, drugs testing and I was also checked out by a doctor and a physio every day. I really benefited from the experience and it was great to go with the senior GB team - I learned a lot from them.”
Euan was one of four GB runners competing in the race and found himself behind the other three at one point during the climb but came through at the top and went on to finish as the second-placed GB runner. In his first race at this level, Euan finished in sixth place, competing against the best U20 Mountain Runners in Europe. The GB team also won team gold, adding to his growing collection of medals.
Euan added “Now my focus shifts to the World Championship trial which takes place in Skiddaw, in the Lake District. Both the trial and the World Championships are about just up, not up and down, so I will be adapting my training and hopefully I can finish in the top four in the trial and qualify to represent GB again in Andorra.”