Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños

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Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños
Verónica Nyaruai - Cross de Venta de Baños 2009.jpg
Verónica Nyaruai winning the 2009 women's race
Date Mid-December
Location Venta de Baños, Spain
Event type Cross country
Distance 10.7 km for men
6.6 km for women
Established 1980
Official site Cross de Venta de Baños

The Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños is a cross country running competition that takes place in Venta de Baños, Castile and León, Spain. The competition was first held in 1980 and since then it has been held every year in mid-December. Among the past winners are international athletes, such as former World Cross Country Champions Kenenisa Bekele and Gelete Burka, and local athletes Marta Domínguez and Isaac Viciosa (both former European Champions).

The competition began life as a regional competition, the Cross de Navidad (Christmas cross country), in 1980. The race became national in its second edition and, following the acceptance of an English team into the competition in 1982, it obtained its current name – the Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños. The competition was televised throughout Spain for the first time in 1984, but it was not until 1995 that the competition was broadcast annually.[1]

The course on which the competition is held is defined by the muddy and cold conditions typical of Palencia in winter.[1] The event comprises two distinct parts: the professional senior races and the amateur fun run races. The competition's races are separated into categories based on age and sex, including: the professional senior races, veteran competitions, under-23 and junior competitions, as well as four other youth categories for children. The professional men's senior race is usually held over 10.7 kilometres while the course for the women's senior race tends to be 6.6 km long.[2] Both senior races trace a path through the flat, grassy areas to the east of the village before running a loop around the local sports centre.[3][4]

Past senior race winners[edit]

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
I 1980  Santiago de la Parte (ESP)  Ana Isabel Alonso (ESP)
II 1981  Santiago de la Parte (ESP)  Pilar Fernández (ESP)
III 1982  Santiago de la Parte (ESP)  Laura Blanco (ESP)
IV 1983  Constantino Esparcia (ESP)  Pilar Fernández (ESP)
V 1984  Ezequiel Canario (POR)  Asunción Sinovas (ESP)
VI 1985  Santiago Llorente (ESP)  Montse Abelló (ESP)
VII 1986  José Luis González (ESP)  Ana Isabel Alonso (ESP)
VIII 1987  Domingos Castro (POR)  Ana Isabel Alonso (ESP)
IX 1988  José Regalo (POR)  Mary Chemweno (KEN)
X 1989  Domingos Castro (POR)  Lieve Slegers (BEL)
XI 1990  Brahim Lahlafi (MAR)  Shelly Steely (USA)
XII 1991  William Koech (KEN)  Susan Sirma (KEN)
XIII 1992  Domingos Castro (POR)  Hellen Kimaiyo (KEN)
XIV 1993  Fita Bayisa (ETH)  Hellen Chepngeno (KEN)
XV 1994  Domingos Castro (POR)  Hellen Kimaiyo (KEN)
XVI 1995  Antonio Serrano (ESP)  Pauline Konga (KEN)
XVII 1996  Shem Kororia (KEN)  Sally Chepkorir (KEN)
XVIII 1997  Isaac Viciosa (ESP)  Berhane Adere (ETH)
XIX 1998  Isaac Viciosa (ESP)  Genet Gebregiorgis (ETH)
XX 1999  Hailu Mekonnen (ETH)  Helena Sampaio (POR)
XXI 2000  John Korir (KEN)  Rose Cheruiyot (KEN)
XXII 2001  Serhiy Lebid (UKR)  Yamna Belkacem (FRA)
XXIII 2002[5]  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 32:37  Joan Aiyabei (KEN) 21:59
XXIV 2003[6]  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 31:29  Justyna Bąk (POL) 22:05
XXV 2004[7]  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 30:26  Kathy Butler (GBR) 20:38
XXVI 2005[8]  Alberto García (ESP) 31:34  Gelete Burka (ETH) 21:05
XXVII 2006[9]  Abebe Dinkesa (ETH) 31:30  Wude Ayalew (ETH) 21:21
XXVIII 2007[10]  Tadese Tola (ETH) 30:39  Marta Domínguez (ESP) 20:56
XXIX 2008[11]  Alemayehu Bezabeh (ESP) 31:45  Inês Monteiro (POR) 22:41
XXX 2009[4]  Sergio Sánchez (ESP) 30:59  Veronica Nyaruai (KEN) 22:47
XXXI 2010[12]  Lucas Rotich (KEN) 32:20  Alessandra Aguilar (ESP) 23:19
XXXII 2011[13]  Philemon Limo (KEN) 31:57  Priscah Cherono (KEN) 22:47
XXXIII 2012[14]  Vincent Chepkok (KEN) 35:20  Mercy Cherono (KEN) 24:33
XXXVI 2013[15]  Cyprian Kotut (KEN) 31:58  Mercy Cherono (KEN) 23:08
XXXVII 2014[16]  Timothy Toroitich (UGA) 34:57  Mimi Belete (BHR) 24:05
XXXVIII 2015[17]  Aweke Ayalew (BHR) 32:17  Alemitu Heroye (ETH) 24:12
XXXIX 2016  Aweke Ayalew (BHR) 32:42  Etenesh Diro (ETH) 30:35


  1. ^ a b 25 años de historia (25 Years of History). Venta de Baños. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  2. ^ INFORMACIÓN DE LA PRUEBA (Event information). RFEA. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  3. ^ Cross de Venta de Baños. Fundación ANOC. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  4. ^ a b Valiente, Emeterio (2009-12-21). Sánchez defeats European champion Bezabeh in Venta de Baños. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  5. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2002-12-23). Kamathi beaten by World Junior medallist. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  6. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2003-12-22). Sihine in a class of his own in Venta de Baños. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  7. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2004-12-19).Bekele is unchallenged in Venta de Baños. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  8. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2005-12-18). Burika and García go unchallenged in Venta de Baños. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  9. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2006-12-17). Dinkesa shines in Venta de Baños. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  10. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2007-12-16). Tola and Domínguez successful in Venta de Baños. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  11. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2008-12-22). Bezabeh and Monteiro cruise to wins in Venta de Baños. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  12. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-12-20). Rotich and Aguilar nab thrilling victories in Venta de Baños. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-12-23.
  13. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2011-12-18). Limo and Jepleting secure a Kenyan double in Venta de Baños. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-12-23.
  14. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2012-12-16). Chepkok and Cherono take the honours at Venta de Banos. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-14.
  15. ^ Mills, Steven (2013-12-16). Cherono bounces back at Venta de Banos. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
  16. ^ Mills, Steven (2014-12-22). Toroitich and Belete win, Hassan and Cherono beaten. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-12-22.
  17. ^ Mills, Steven (2015-12-20). Ayalew claims back-to-back wins in Spain. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-12-20.

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