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Athletics: Sarah Astin in England squad for Lotto Cross Cup de Hannut

Race in Belgium attracts high-calibre international competitors

Manx runner Sarah Astin has been named in the England squad for an international competition in Belgium later this month.

Astin will be one of the senior women's competitors representing the nation at the Lotto Cross Cup du Hannut in Liege which takes place on Sunday, 22 January.

The cross-country race has attracted a high-calibre international field, including Olympic champions, since it was first founded in the 1940's.

Sarah only narrowly missed out on a place in the Great Britain squad for last month's European Cross-Country Championships in Turin, Italy.

It's after she managed a strong tenth-place finish at the Liverpool Cross Challenge in Sefton Park, Merseyside, back on 27 November, which fell just outside the top times to make the GB squad.

That display came off the back of Sarah managing personal best times last summer on the track in the 1500m and 3000m.

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