Callum Hawkins (Kilbarchan) and Robbie Simpson (Deeside) will be joined by club runner Josh Griffiths at the World Championships in August. Griffiths’ selection has been confirmed after he beat the country’s elite men at Sunday's (23 April) Virgin Money London Marathon.
The 23-year-old is one of six marathon runners selected by Great Britain for the World Championships, which will take place in London. His selection continues a whirlwind few days for the Swansea Harrier who entered London Marathon hoping to qualify for the Wales team at next year’s Commonwealth Games. Not only did he achieve that; his time of 2:14:49 also saw him claim a World Championship berth.
Griffiths' achievement has drawn praise from other high profile runners including Scotland's Laura Muir, who said: "I thought it was a brilliant performance. To get into the World Championships team is a very difficult thing to do and to go out and smash it on your first marathon was brilliant. It is a great example to all club runners that, if you work hard enough, performing at this elite stage is possible."
Racing his first marathon, Griffiths was the first Briton across the line to qualify for the World Championships. As well as Hawkins and Simpson, Team GB also includes Alyson Dixon (Sunderland Strollers), Charlotte Purdue (Aldershot, Farnham and District) and Tracy Barlow (Thames Valley).
This is only the third occasion that British Athletics has selected six marathon runners to compete at a World Championship – the previous occasions were at the 1983 and 1993 events.
Dominic King (Colchester Harriers) will be the first 50km race walker to represent Great Britain at a World Championships in 22 years.
The Colchester-born 33-year-old has already competed at the 2002 Commonwealth Games (Manchester), and at two Olympic Games – in London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last year. He achieved the qualifying time for the World Championships, by clocking 4:04:16 in Dudince, Slovakia, in March.