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Big names eye Greenmount joy

By Brian Hill

Published 16/12/2015

On her way: Louise Carton will race in Greenmount in January
On her way: Louise Carton will race in Greenmount in January

Newly-crowned European U23 Cross Country champion Louise Carton is the latest big name to confirm her intention to run in next month's Greenmount Cross Country International.

She will also be joined by last year's Men's winner Thomas Ayeko of Uganda at the meeting on January 16.

Belgian Carton was the surprise but clear winner over the fast 6,000 metres Championship course in Hyeres, France last weekend.

The tall 21-year-old was always in contention in a race which featured the favourite Jip Vastenburg of the Netherlands plus GB's 1,500 metres star Laura Muir.

Carton, who is the U23 5,000 metres European silver medallist, was seventh in the competition last year and has been in excellent form so far this season with a string of cross country victories to her name. She will certainly be aiming for a rostrum position at least in Antrim.

Ayeko, 23, could well mount a successful defence of his title as he is also in particularly sparkling form.

He was an impressive fifth in the Great North Run in September behind winner Mo Farah. Ayeko's time of 61 minutes 14 seconds was only two seconds short of his PB set in March.

Already announced for the meeting is 2013 World 10,000 metres bronze medallist Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopia and team-mate Etagegu Woldu, who took bronze in the World Junior Cross Country last March in China .

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