The 10,000-meter European Cup will have a Leonese flavor and will have it twice. The athletes Raúl Celada and Jorge Blanco have been included in the preselection of the national team to contest this test in Birmingham (United Kingdom) on June 5.
The men’s team is made up of six athletes, the first five classified in the last 10,000 meter Spanish Championship held in Torrevieja: the aforementioned Chiki Pérez, Jesús Ramos (28: 23.89) Raul Celada (28:25.10), Jorge White (28: 25.76) and Yago Rojo (28: 31.85), in addition to Carlos Mayo, who returns to a competition that he already played in 2017, when he achieved third place with 28: 48.41, his personal best. It will be the third consecutive European Cup of 10,000 meters for Yago Rojo, while Jesús Ramos, Raúl Celada and Jorge Blanco will debut.
The team feminine it is made up of three athletes. The 2021 Spanish champion Maitane Melero (33: 07.96) and the runner-up Marta Galimany (33: 11.41), as well as Nuria Lugueros, who will play her fourth European Cup of 10,000 (2015, 2018 and 2019) and whose last 10,000 was in October 2020 (34: 16.05). For Maitane it will be her third consecutive European Cup, while the marathon runner Marta Galimany, who is in full preparation for the Olympic Games, ran in 2019, out of the team, achieving 33: 34.73, which is her personal best.