England duty for Portsmouth duo
Alex Teuten is looking to crown his excellent winter cross-country season with another good outing for England.
And he will be joined in Scotland tomorrow by City of Portsmouth club-mate Lachlan Wellington who is running in the Schools’ International Athletics Board race.
It’s going to be an exciting finish to the season for the duo who have been in brilliant form.
Teuten, 24, impressed in Spain at the Burgos International at the end of 2015 and also ran for the nation in Cardiff in the UK Cross Challenge.
Now he is gearing up for his third England appearance of the winter in the Home Countries International event in Falkirk.
England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland do battle along with other teams including the Combined Services.
Teuten’s brilliant fifth place in the UK Inter-Counties in Birmingham last Saturday shows he is running into top form.
He said: ‘It is really nice to represent England. I do enjoy it.
‘This cross-country season is probably one of the best I have had.
‘I’ve done five internationals in total and three of them this season.
‘The UK Inter-Counties race was great and you have to go back to the Burgos International for a race that went as well.
‘It shows I can get it together on the big stage.’
Teuten has been working on his hip flexibility after some physio advice and he is seeing that pay off.
He added: ‘The physio exercises are definitely working.
‘I have improved my flexibility. I’ve been doing the exercises every day and the aches and pains seem to have gone from my legs.
‘Hopefully it will allow me to increase my stride length.’
Wellington also heads into international duty off the back of an excellent run in the UK Inter-Counties Championship.
He took the silver medal there to add to his silver at the English Schools’ Cross-Country Championships and his bronze at the nationals.
The 14-year-old is also Hampshire champion, and won both the Southern Inter-Counties title and the South East Schools’ Inter-Counties title.
He ran for England Schools last year and got a bronze in the junior boys’ race in Dublin.
This time he is stepping up an age group so will be one of the youngest.
That means the pressure will be off his shoulders and his coach Vince Stamp is hopeful it will be another excellent race.
He said: ‘Lachlan can just go and enjoy it and in terms of medals you never know what might happen.
‘It’s a heavy, muddy course in Falkirk so that will suit Lachlan better.
‘We will wait and see how he gets on. There’s no pressure on him.’