MOSSLEY runner Tom McGuinness is looking to kick on in 2018 following another successful year for club and country.
Tom, from Hey Farm, finished the season on a high by representing England U23s in the Smarna Gora Mountain Race in Slovenia.
The 21-year-old finished 19th overall and fifth in the U23 age category in the final event in the World Mountain Running Association’s World Cup series.
Tom has represented England four times in the last two seasons.
And he says he would like to emulate his East Cheshire Harriers’ training partner Joe Steward who recently pulled on a Great Britain vest.
He competed for the U23s in the European Cross-Country Championships that were recently held in Slovakia.
“It would be nice to follow Joe who is doing really well. I recently joined his training group and run with him when I am home from university,” he said.
Tom, a former pupil at St Joseph’s Primary and St Damian’s High School, is studying electronic engineering at Nottingham University.
He has been a member at East Cheshire Harriers since the age of 10 and quickly excelled at cross-country which he also competes at.
Tom is also keen to champion fell running as he explained: “There are not as many competitors as cross country, but more people should give it a go.
“Not many think of doing fell running, but they should consider it and I am keen ro raise awareness of it.”
Tom also revealed younger sister Lily, 18, is potentially an even better runner than him.
Lily, also a member at East Cheshire Harriers, is at Bangor University.
“When Lily and I were at primary school we used to clean up with the cross country during the winter,” he reflected.