Belgrave’s Nick Goolab finishes 2nd Brit at Stirling XC international

Belgrave’s Nick Goolab finishes 2nd Brit at Stirling XC international

Belgrave star Nick Goolab again showed his cross country class on the world stage by finishing 2nd Brit and 10th overall at the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Xcountry meet.

Goolab, the fastest Belgravian over 3000m and 5k in 2018, finished one place behind Loughborough undergrad Patrick Dever but ahead of GB teammates including Olympians Ross Millington and Andy Vernon.

Nick Goolab crossing the line ahead of GB teammates Kristian Jones and Charlie Hulson, with Ross Millington and Andy Vernon further back.

The individual race was one by USA’s Hillary Bor, pipping Sweden’s Napoleon Solomon, running for Team Europe.

USA beat Europe to win the team race, with GB well behind in a difficult day for the home team.

Stirling is Goolab’s second international XC this season after the European Championships in December, which saw our man surge into the lead pack in lap 1 before dropping back a little later on.

He spoke recently on working with life coach Wendy Hilton to overcome confidence issues in race situations, and those breakthroughs have clearly contributed to a surge in form this winter.

His interview with the excellent Let’s Get Running podcast starts at 12 minutes in:


123:48Hillary BorUSA
223:48Napoleon SolomonEUR
323:49Adel MechaalEUR
423:49Leonard KorirUSA
523:56Garrett HeathUSA
624:00David ElliottUSA
724:03Samuel FitwiEUR
824:05Aras KayaEUR
924:05Patrick DeverPreston
1024:10Nick GoolabBelgrave
1124:13Isaac KimeliEUR
1224:14Kristian JonesSwansea
1324:18Charlie HulsonLiverpool
1424:24Ross MillingtonStockport
1524:55Hugo HayEUR
1625:05Andy VernonAFD