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
Status active
Genre sports event
Date(s) December
Frequency annual
Location(s) various
Inaugurated 1994 (1994)
Organised by EAA

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 finishing positions of the top six scorers from a team of up to nine are combined for the men and women, respectively, and the low score wins. For the junior races, the top three from a team of up to four are scored.[1]

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] In its six-race format, the championships had record high participation in 2010, when 468 athletes from 34 nations competed.[3]

Two cities have hosted the competition on multiple occasions: Alnwick held the 1994 and 1995 editions, while Velenje was the 1999 and 2011 host city.[4] Five athletes have won the senior title on more than one occasion: Paulo Guerra of Portugal is a four-time men's champion, Britain's Paula Radcliffe and Hayley Yelling have each won the women's title twice, Ireland's Fionnuala Britton became the first female athlete to win back-to-back gold when she retained her title in Hungary, 2012, and Ukrainian Serhiy Lebid has a record of nine senior men's gold medals.[1] Lebid also holds the record for consecutive appearances, as he has competed at the championships every year since its inception.[5]

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
25 2018 Tilburg Netherlands
  • 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Event - SPAR European Cross Country Championships. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
  2. ^ Cross country vital for athlete development, says President Wirz. European Athletics (2011-12-10). Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
  3. ^ Records set in Albufeira. European Athletics (2010-12-13). Retrieved on 2010-12-14.
  4. ^ Albufeira (POR) & Velenje (SLO) to host the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in 2010 & 2011. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
  5. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2011-12-10). Lebid cautiously optimistic in Velenje – European XC champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.

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