Johnson hoping on England call-up

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Veteran athlete Mark Johnson’s quest to be selected to represent England in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International took another step closer when the Mansfield Harrier made the journey over the Scottish border to compete in the British Masters 10k road race championships in Glasgow.

Competing on a blustery and undulating two lap course at Pollok Country Park, Johnson was in the thick of the action from the start of the 300-strong field as the main protagonists showed their intentions by forcing the pace from the gun.

By the halfway point the pairing of Scottish athletes Ben Hukins and Kerry Liam Wilson had strung the field out with only English athletes Chris Greenwood and Mark Johnson giving chase.

But the gaps had grown too large to be closed down and so victory to the Scotsmen was inevitable with Hukins crossing the line to take the honours in 31 minutes and 22 seconds

Johnson finished fourth overall and second in the M40 age category, taking silver with a personal best time of 32 minutes and nine seconds.

Having collected gold in the 5k earlier in the summer at Bolton and now silver at Glasgow, Mark now awaits the decision of the England selectors for what would be his first international vest at the Championships, which take place at Bute Park, Cardiff, on 16th November.

Teams will be selected by a committee of selectors representing the various regions of England and take a series of key races into account plus relevant local and regional events.