Returning four-man World Cup Squad backed by eight athletes in Continental Cup, Performance, and Junior Squads
James Clugnet, Joe Davies, Andrew Musgrave, and Andrew Young will all return to the British Cross-Country World Cup Squad for the 2023/24 season it has been confirmed, following squad selection meetings conducted this month.
The four-man World Cup unit which delivered a string of exceptional results last season including a first British World Cup podium since 2020, with Andrew Musgrave’s third place in the Beitostolen 10k Classic, will be backed up by eight athletes across the Continental Cup, Performance, and Junior Squads.
In the Continent Cup Squad, Gabriel Gledhill is joined by Beinn Horsfall and Tabitha Williams, both of whom are promoted from the 2022/23 Performance Squad. A four-person Performance Squad comprises the returning Cameron Cruickshank alongside, Logan Duncan, James Slimon, and Sophia Wilson, while a Junior Squad is named this season with 18-year-old Elke Hammerstein selected.
The World Cup team will once again compete as part of Team Aker Daehlie after a successful first season’s competition in 2022/23. Hamish Wolfe, meanwhile, has confirmed his retirement having previously competed as part of the Continental Cup squad.
James Clugnet, World Cup Squad Member, said:
“Last season we showed amazing resilience across the squad, and I think everyone could see how that played out with the results we all put down right the way through the season. For myself, I know I’m improving year on year, and training and racing alongside the rest of the guys on the World Cup Squad plays a huge part in driving me, and all of us, to keep on growing as athletes. I’m really pleased to be selected to the British World Cup Squad again, and to get to build up towards a new season with an amazing team around us.”
Tabitha Williams, Continental Cup Squad Member, said:
“I’m thrilled to continue my progression with Team GB with my selection to the Continental Squad. Last year was my first on the team and it was inspiring to see the depth of British talent and passion at all levels. As a team we had world class results throughout the season at Senior & Junior levels. My personal highlight was achieving the best ever British women’s result at World Juniors in Canada – the culmination of a lot of hard work & planning with Alex, Jossi, Hans and the team in the build up.
“I really hope to inspire the next generation of British girls to get involved with this wonderful sport – it has everything for me, supreme physical fitness, mental toughness and a growing & wonderful bunch of friends around the world.”
Jostein Vinjerui, Cross-Country Team Manager, said:
“This season we have selected the strongest WC team ever coming off a season with a podium and multiple top 10s for Andrew Musgrave, James Clugnet making his first final in sprint and being 6th in World Championships Team Sprint together with Andrew Young. On top of that Joe Davies, a newcomer to the World Cup Squad last season, established himself at a high level placing 13th and 15th the in U23 World Championships and 30th in WSC Planica.
“In the younger ranks we see a bigger and better pool of talent coming through, and I’m especially happy to see a strong contingent of female athletes qualifying through the ranks.”
Full Squad Selections:
World Cup Squad
- James Clugnet
- Joe Davies
- Andrew Musgrave
- Andrew Young
Continental Cup Squad
- Gabriel Gledhill
- Beinn Horsfall
- Tabitha Williams
- Cameron Cruickshank
- Logan Duncan
- James Slimon
- Sophia Wilson
- Elke Hammerstein