Britain's failure to field a men's team at the World Half Marathon Championships has been criticised by the sport's ruling body.
Jon Brown had to pull out
Jon Brown's withdrawal left no male British representative.
"We follow the ethics of our British friends with some anxiety," said Istvan Gyulai, International Association of Athletic Federations general secretary.
"A lot of attention needs to be focused on athletics in Britain, especially now the 2012 Olympics will be held there."
Britain's women put up a good display in the absence of three-time champion Paula Radcliffe to place fifth overall.
Mara Yamauchi (18th), Hayley Haining (24th) and Sue Partridge (25th) were the scoring trio, while Debbie Mason (52nd), just back from a hamstring injury, also impressed.
Yamauchi said: "Considering the really terrible conditions, I think we did really well."