The Sauer river which is adjacent to the Eurocross course
|Event type||Cross country|
|Distance||10.2 km for men
5.3 km for women
Eurocross is an annual international cross country running competition which takes place in Diekirch, Luxembourg in February. It is one of the IAAF permit meetings which serve as qualifying events for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. It is sponsored by the ING Group.
First held in 1969, Eurocross is organised by the local athletics club (Celtic) and the course follows near the Stade Municipal in Diekirch. There are two major races: a 10.2 km race for men and a 5.3 km race for women. In addition to these primary competitions, there are races for runners of various youth levels, as well as a popular, mass race for amateurs.
The course follows a steep incline up a hill on a stepped dirt path, which then loops back on to downhill section. The race takes place over a number of laps thus the uphill and downhill sections can make for a particularly difficult cross country course.
The main races typically attract international-calibre athletes from Europe and Africa. Past men's winners include IAAF World Cross Country Championships medallist Josephat Machuka and European Championships medallists Mustafa Mohamed and Carsten Jørgensen. The women's side has featured Gabriela Szabo (an Olympic and world champion), 1993 World Cross Country champion Albertina Dias and Dorcus Inzikuru, a steeplechase world champion. The Eurocross typically gives out over US $12,500 in total prize money for each meeting.
Past senior race winners
Key: Luxembourg championship race
- Note: The women's course was shorter than the typical 5.3 km between 1990 and 2005.
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (m:s)||Women's winner||Time (m:s)|
|1st||1969||Fernand Altmann (LUX)||?||—||—|
|2nd||1970||Domenico Marini (LUX)||?||—||—|
|3rd||1972||René Kilburg (LUX)||?||—||—|
|4th||1973||Theo Bock (LUX)||?||—||—|
|5th||1975||Jean Hoeser (LUX)||?||—||—|
|6th||1976||Theo Bock (LUX)||?||—||—|
|7th||1977||Reinhard Leibold (GER)||?||—||—|
|8th||1978||Reinhard Leibold (GER)||?||—||—|
|9th||1979||Justin Gloden (LUX)||?||Gabriele Veith (GER)||?|
|10th||1980||Elie Aubertin (BEL)||?||Sheila Baum (LUX)||?|
|11th||1981||Pierre Mellina (LUX)||?||?||?|
|12th||1982||Jean-Claude Petit (LUX)||?||Mady Petit-Scholtes (LUX)||?|
|13th||1983||Jean-Claude Petit (LUX)||?||Christine Weis (LUX)||?|
|14th||1984||Jean-Claude Petit (LUX)||?||?||?|
|15th||1985||Justin Gloden (LUX)||?||?||?|
|16th||1986||Jean-Claude Petit (LUX)||?||Danièle Kaber (LUX)||?|
|17th||1987||Joel Bruneau (FRA)||?||?||?|
|18th||1988||Herbert Steffny (GER)||32:48||Danièle Kaber (LUX)||?|
|19th||1989||Martin Grüning (GER)||?||?||?|
|20th||1990||Vincent Rousseau (BEL)||31:31||Uta Pippig (GER)||16:55|
|21st||1991||Tonnie Dirks (NED)||?||Albertina Dias (POR)||?|
|22nd||1992||Ezequiel Canario (POR)||32:33||Lieve Slegers (BEL)||16:59|
|23rd||1993||James Kariuki (KEN)||31:27||Suzanne Rigg (GBR)||16:45|
|24th||1994||Tendai Chimusasa (ZIM)||30:51||Catherina McKiernan (IRL)||15:54|
|25th||1995||Dave Lewis (GBR)||33:09||Gabriela Szabo (ROM)||16:53|
|26th||1996||Tendai Chimusasa (ZIM)||31:57||Colleen De Reuck (RSA)||16:16|
|27th||1997||Bernard Barmasai (KEN)||30:41||Elena Fidatov (ROM)||15:50|
|28th||1998||Josephat Machuka (KEN)||30:27||Anita Weyermann (SUI)||16:00|
|29th||1999||Carsten Jørgensen (DEN)||31:50||Irina Mikitenko (GER)||16:40|
|30th||2000||Abderrahim Goumri (MAR)||30:18||Irina Mikitenko (GER)||16:12|
|31st||2001||Abderrahim Goumri (MAR)||30:25||Anja Smolders (BEL)||15:56|
|32nd||2002||Hamid El Mouaziz (MAR)||30:52||Meryem Boussetta (MAR)||16:04|
|33rd||2003||Philemon Kemei (KEN)||29:56||Dorcus Inzikuru (UGA)||15:54|
|34th||2004||Wilson Chemweno (KEN)||30:34||Bouchra Chaâbi (MAR)||15:41|
|35th||2005||Sultan Khamis Zaman (QAT)||32:06||Natalie Harvey (GBR)||17:09|
|36th||2006||Mustafa Mohamed (SWE)||30:47||Susanne Ritter (GER)||18:24|
|37th||2007||Sultan Khamis Zaman (QAT)||32:03||Veerle Dejaeghere (BEL)||18:44|
|38th||2008||Joel Kimurer (KEN)||29:23||Veerle Dejaeghere (BEL)||17:21|
|39th||2009||Wilson Kiprop (KEN)||30:27||Mimi Belete (ETH)||18:23|
|40th||2010||Onesphore Nkunzimana (BDI)||27:17||Mimi Belete (BHR)||17:03|
|41st||2011||Elabbassi El Hassan (MAR)||31:27.1||Maryam Jamal (BHR)||19:03.8|
|42nd||2012||Japheth Korir (KEN)||30:34.1||Almensh Belete (ETH)||18:26|
|43rd||2013||Albert Rop (KEN)||31:11||Eleni Gebrehiwot (ETH)||19:17|
|44th||2014||Alex Kibet (KEN)||33:03||Eleni Gebrehiwot (ETH)||20:28|
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