Fionnuala Britton’s athletics Ryder Cup

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European cross country champion Fionnuala Britton reckons that a competition inspired by golf’s Ryder Cup – the biennial USA v Europe tournament – could be a massive hit for the sport of athletics.

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Ten reasons why we love the Euro Cross

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The European Cross Country Championships is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the Serbian capital of Belgrade this weekend. So to toast the annual mud-fest, we present you ten reasons why the Euro Cross rules.

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Preview: 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

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One of the toughest races in athletics takes place in snowy Poland this Sunday, so SPIKES looks forward to another great East African battle at the 40th IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

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Irish XC star Fionnuala Britton talks to SPIKES about spikes

Ever worried about which spikes to wear? Well, ahead of Sunday’s World Cross Country Championships, two-time Eurocross champ Fionnuala Britton is here to reveal her secrets…

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Queen of the country eyes up track success

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Cross-country ace Fionnuala Britton talks exclusively to SPIKES about being in the form of her life, marathons and her plans for taking her success on the snow to the track…

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The weekend in numbers

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Fionnuala Britton continued her awesome cross-country form at the weekend.

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The weekend in numbers

1 – The amount of times Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton slipped on her bum en route to taking a comprehensive victory in the senior women’s race at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross. She came a cropper in the final 1km, but still won by a margin of 16 seconds.
 
3 – The number of men who recorded the same time of 28:42 for the first three finishing positions in Italy’s prestigious Campaccio race at San Giorgio su Legnano. Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris of Ethiopia shaded the victory from Kenyan duo John Kipkoech and Geoffrey Kirui.
 
50 – The number of years super coach Clyde Hart, 78, has spent working at Baylor University in Texas. A special anniversary dinner was organised to celebrate the feat over the weekend. Hart has guided three athletes; Michael Johnson (1996 and 2000), Jeremy Wariner (2004) and Sanya Richards-Ross (2012), to Olympic 400m titles.

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The weekend in numbers

-6 – The temperature below zero that the thermometer plunged yesterday in Budapest as Hungary hosted the 2012 European Cross Country Championships. The competitors had to tackle a snow-covered #eurocross course.

1 – The number of senior women who have successfully defended the European Cross Country title. Yesterday, Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton became the first since the inception of the event in 1994.

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Preview: European Cross Country Championships

SPIKES previews the traditional pre-Christmas mud-fest that is the 19th SPAR European Cross Country Championships, which takes place on Sunday 9th December.

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Paula Radcliffe (right) and Sonia O’Sullivan (left) on their way to 1st and 4th place finishes respectively at the 2003 European Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh.

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