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

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

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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

-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.

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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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