Saturday 30 March 2019, Aarhus, Denmark
Preston Harriers rising star, Patrick Dever, was only 4th in the selection race and his name was not top of the list when pre-race predictions were being made, but he peaked when it mattered to lead home the British men with a brilliant 37th place against the best runners in the world. The course at Aarhus was described as “brutal” and contained steep climbs and descents, thick mud, sand and a flooded section. Dever pitched his race perfectly and commented afterwards: “I’m really chuffed with that. My aim at the start was to really conserve my energy on the first lap. That course was so unforgiving. Pretty much everyone I went past, I stayed past. I think I judged that pretty much as well as I could have done.”