Adam Hickey back on song with fine run for England in Spain

Adam Hickey back on song with fine run for England in Spain

Adam Hickey back on song with fine run for England in Spain

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Adam Hickey warmed up for the European Cross-Country trials next week with a strong run in the colours of his country.

The 24-year-old was part of the England team running in a world-class IAAF World Cross-Country meeting in Burgos, Spain.

Hickey finished the 9.8km course in an impressive 30m 6s to come home the third Englishman and 43rd overall in a field that contained some of the very best cross-country runners in the world.

And the Southend AC athlete says the run has boosted his confidence following, by his own admission, a below par race at the McCain Cross-Country in Bristol three weeks ago.

“It was a solid race,” he said. “I’m still a bit disappointed with the finish, but I had a tough time in Bristol and this has helped overcome that.

“I set off a bit more steadily because I had the run in Bristol in mind and I wish I hadn’t now and instead I had gone off with the aim to hold my ground rather than work my way through.

“I was picking people off, but got to a point where the top Spanish runners going for their European Cross-Country team and beyond them the top Africans are too far ahead.”

Nevertheless, the run has lifted Hickey’s sprits ahead of our own European Cross-Country trials at Liverpool next weekend.

Making the team for Budapest is not at the top of Hickey’s priorities – he and coach Eamonn Martin have decided to focus his efforts on the World Cross-Country Championship trials in March – but he is determined to head north and run well.

“I’m still going to be competitive and go for it,” he said. “I’m not writing off my chances and I still want to go for the team.

“But the World Cross trials are my aim and this is also a chance to see where I am and really get the Bristol race out of my system.”

The Burgos meeting was won by the reigning World Cross-Country Champion, Imane Merga, in 28m 7s.

The Ethiopian beat the Kenyan Vincent Chepkok, who was third at the last World Cross, in a sprint to the line.

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