European Cross Country Championships

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European Cross Country Championships
2010 European Cross Country Championships.jpg
Action from the men's race in 2010
Statusactive
Genresports event
Date(s)December
Frequencyannual
Location(s)various
Inaugurated1994 (1994)
Organised byEAA

The European Cross Country Championships is an annual international cross country running competition. Organised by the European Athletic Association, it is the area championships for the region and is held in December each year. The championships was inaugurated in 1994 in Alnwick and the venue for the championships changes each year.

Unlike the World Championships for the sport, the European Cross Country Championships consists of six races in age categories, with separate senior, under-23, and junior races for both men and women. There are individual and national team medals awarded in each race. In the team competition, the top three from a team of up to six are scored.[1]

History[edit]

The first edition of the competition featured only senior races and 180 athletes took part. Men's and women's junior (under-20) races were introduced at the third edition in 1996 and under-23 races were added to the programme in 2006.[2]

Editions[edit]

# Year City Country Dates Venue Races Countries Athletes[nb]
1 1994 Alnwick  United Kingdom 10 December 2 23 180
2 1995 Alnwick  United Kingdom 2 December 2 23 186
3 1996 Charleroi  Belgium 15 December 2 25 175
4 1997 Oeiras  Portugal 14 December 4 26 138
5 1998 Ferrara  Italy 13 December 4 26 139
6 1999 Velenje  Slovenia 12 December 4 27 141
7 2000 Malmö  Sweden 10 December 4 31 150
8 2001 Thun   Switzerland 9 December 4 27 155
9 2002 Medulin  Croatia 8 December 4 27 157
10 2003 Edinburgh  United Kingdom 14 December 4 27 135
11 2004 Heringsdorf  Germany 12 December 4 27 165
12 2005 Tilburg  Netherlands 11 December 4 27 164
13 2006 San Giorgio su Legnano  Italy 10 December 6 21 125
14 2007 Toro  Spain 9 December 6 26 103
15 2008 Brussels  Belgium 14 December 6 33 142
16 2009 Dublin  Ireland 13 December Santry Demesne 6 30 116
17 2010 Albufeira  Portugal 12 December Açoteias Cross Country Course 6 34 123
18 2011 Velenje  Slovenia 11 December 6 33 130
19 2012 Szentendre  Hungary 9 December 6 35 146
20 2013 Belgrade  Serbia 8 December 6 36 155
21 2014 Samokov  Bulgaria 14 December Borovets 6 35 137
22 2015 Hyères-Toulon  France 13 December Hippodrome de Hyères 6 32 147
23 2016 Chia  Italy 11 December 6 153
24 2017 Šamorín  Slovakia 10 December Šamorín x-bionic® sphere 7 37 157
25 2018 Tilburg  Netherlands 9 December
26 2019 Lisbon  Portugal
27 2020 Dublin  Ireland 13 December National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown
  • nb Country and athlete figures for senior races only

Champions[edit]

Multiple champion Serhiy Lebid winning in 2008
Hayley Yelling winning the 2009 women's race
Year Men's senior race Women's senior race
1994  Paulo Guerra (POR)  Catherina McKiernan (IRL)
1995  Paulo Guerra (POR)  Annemari Sandell (FIN)
1996  Jon Brown (GBR)  Sara Wedlund (SWE)
1997  Carsten Jørgensen (DEN)  Joalsiae Llado (FRA)
1998  Serhiy Lebid (UKR)  Paula Radcliffe (GBR)
1999  Paulo Guerra (POR)  Anita Weyermann (SUI)
2000  Paulo Guerra (POR)  Katalin Szentgyörgyi (HUN)
2001  Serhiy Lebid (UKR)  Yamna Belkacem (FRA)
2002  Serhiy Lebid (UKR)  Helena Javornik (SLO)
2003  Serhiy Lebid (UKR)  Paula Radcliffe (GBR)
2004  Serhiy Lebid (UKR)  Hayley Yelling (GBR)
2005  Serhiy Lebid (UKR)  Lornah Kiplagat (NED)
2006  Mo Farah (GBR)  Tetyana Holovchenko (UKR)
2007  Serhiy Lebid (UKR)  Marta Domínguez (ESP)
2008  Serhiy Lebid (UKR)  Hilda Kibet (NED)
2009  Alemayehu Bezabeh (ESP)  Hayley Yelling (GBR)
2010  Serhiy Lebid (UKR)  Jessica Augusto (POR)
2011  Atelaw Yeshetela (BEL)  Fionnuala Britton (IRL)
2012  Andrea Lalli (ITA)  Fionnuala Britton (IRL)
2013  Alemayehu Bezabeh (ESP)  Sophie Duarte (FRA)
2014  Polat Kemboi Arikan (TUR)  Gemma Steel (GBR)
2015  Ali Kaya (TUR)  Sifan Hassan (NED)
2016  Aras Kaya (TUR)  Yasemin Can (TUR)
2017  Kaan Kigen Özbilen (TUR)  Yasemin Can (TUR)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Event - SPAR European Cross Country Championships. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
  2. ^ Cross country vital for athlete development, says President Wirz Archived 2012-01-11 at the Wayback Machine.. European Athletics (2011-12-10). Retrieved on 2011-12-10.

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