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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If SPIKES ran the Olympics…

…it would be a disaster. But anyway, last week we posed this question on Twitter: what would you choose if athletics could have an extra Olympic discipline? Here are five of the best suggestions


Er… when we said: “set athletics on fire,” we didn’t mean…

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Queen of the country eyes up track success


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

-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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Tweets of the week

Allyson Felix@allysonfelix
Got me good!! Surprised me & presented me w/ my Jesse Owens Award. A legend, mentor & friend! #JJK [Jackie Joyner-Kersee]

Piers Morgan@piersmorgan
I told @usainbolt to sing, as everyone from Jamaica can sing. He said he couldn’t - then burst into perfect pitch Bob Marley

Steve Vernon@SteveVernon29
Looks like we could be skiing in Budapest

Jason Henderson@Jason_AW
British athletes twittering about cold in Budapest. All you need is spikes, GB singlet and, as @Thommo10k would say, some balls. #EuroCross 

Mo Farah@Mo_Farah
Met Mo-ella from Mo-thercare thanks for all the lovely clothes for my beautiful daughters!

Warren Weir@Warren_Weir
Ruff Ruff day in the office #training

David Rudisha@rudishadavid
RT “@oliverjacollis: Hi Mr Rudisha, big fan, how’s training going since the Olympics?” « Oh tough, painful getting back.

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.

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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