Cross Internacional de Soria

The Cross Internacional de Soria, also known as the Campo a Través Internacional de Soria, is an annual cross country running competition that takes place in Soria, Spain. First held in 1994, it usually takes place in late November and gained IAAF cross country permit meeting status in 2007.[1] It was previously a European Athletic Association permit meeting.[2]

Cross Internacional de Soria
The race course is set in a grassy suburb of the city of Soria
DateLate November
LocationSoria, Spain
Event typeCross country
Distance10 km for men
8 km for women
Official siteCross Internacional de Soria
Participants19,448 (2019)
19,569 (2018)

The competition features elite races of 10 km for men and 8 km for women. The men's and women's race had initially been competed over distances of 9 km and 6 km respectively, but the course lengths were increased in 2006.[3][4] The course, known as the "Monte Valonsadero", was used in the early 1990s as a training ground by Fermín Cacho and Abel Antón,[5] two of the region's foremost athletes. After inspecting the area, Miguel Ángel Pérez and Adolfo Caballero (members of the Athletics Delegation for Soria) suggested that a cross country meeting should be held there.[6] It is a grassy course set in the Sorian countryside,[7] and it is at a particularly high altitude – 1063 metres above sea level.[8]

Many World Championship medallists have competed at the course,[7] including Gebregziabher Gebremariam, Zersenay Tadese, Meselech Melkamu and Linet Masai. The meeting tends to be dominated by runners from East Africa and Spain.[9] The high standard of runners that the meeting attracts means that the Cross Internacional de Soria is consistently ranked among the best cross country meetings in Spain by the Real Federación Española de Atletismo – the Spanish governing body for athletics.[6]

Past senior race winnersEdit

Joseph Ebuya won the men's race in 2007.
The 2006 winner Vivian Cheruiyot competing in Spain.
Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
I 1994   Rahmouni Tijani (MAR) 24:38   Sally Barsosio (KEN) 11:31 (5 km)
II 1995   Manuel Pancorbo (ESP) 23:44   Ana Isabel Alonso (ESP) 13:45
III 1996   Omar Errachidi (MAR) 24:41   Jacqueline Martín (ESP) 13:08
IV 1997   Million Wolde (ETH) 26:42   Jacqueline Martín (ESP) 14:02
V 1998   Laban Kipkemboi (KEN) 25:12   Yemenashu Taye (ETH) 14:25
VI 1999   John Kosgei (KEN) 29:03   Naomi Mugo (KEN) 16:49
VII 2000   Salim Kipsang (KEN) 26:05   Margaret Ngotho (KEN) 15:37
VIII 2001   Tom Nyariki (KEN) 26:36   Rose Cheruiyot (KEN) 19:25
IX 2002   Charles Kamathi (KEN) 26:04   Zulema Fuentes-Pila (ESP) 20:24
X 2003   Benjamin Limo (KEN) 27:35   Merima Denboba (ETH) 20:44
XI 2004   Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 25:52   Werknesh Kidane (ETH) 19:24
XII 2005   Boniface Songok (KEN) 26:24   Rose Jepchumba (KEN) 19:47
XIII 2006   Ali Abdalla (ERI) 30:10   Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 27:38
XIV 2007   Joseph Ebuya (KEN) 28:58   Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 27:24
XV 2008   Leonard Komon (KEN) 29:11   Jane Kiptoo (KEN) 26:40
XVI 2009   Gebregziabher Gebremariam (ETH) 30:21   Linet Masai (KEN) 27:06
XVII[10] 2010   Joseph Ebuya (KEN) 29:57   Dina Lebo Phalula (RSA) 28:18
XVIII[11] 2011   Vincent Chepkok (KEN) 29:49   Priscah Jeptoo (KEN) 27:28
XIX[12] 2012   Emmanuel Bett (KEN) 30:48   Nazaret Weldu (ETH) 28:36
XX 2013   Dickson Huru (UGA) 30:07   Marta Tigabea (ETH) 28:06
XXI 2014   Timothy Toroitich (UGA) 29:58   Mercy Cherono (KEN) 27:38
XXII 2015   Timothy Toroitich (UGA) 29:42   Linet Masai (KEN) 28:08
XXIII 2016   Timothy Toroitich (UGA) 29:09   Alice Aprot (KEN) 26:17
XXIV 2017   Jacob Kiplimo (UGA) 28:37   Alice Aprot (KEN) 26:34
XXV 2018   Jacob Kiplimo (UGA) 30:11   Gloriah Kite (KEN) 28:47
XXVI 2019   Maxwell Rotich (UGA) 29:16   Mariana Machado (POR) 27:49


  1. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2007-11-25). Ebuya, Melkamu easy winners in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  2. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2003-11-23). Limo and Denboba out-sprint rivals in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  3. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2006-11-19). Eritrea and Kenya take the cross country spoils in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  4. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2005-11-20). Songok and Jepchumba accomplish Kenyan sweep in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  5. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2007-11-23). Spotlight on Ebuya and Melkamu - Soria Cross Country preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  6. ^ a b Historia del Cross Internacional de Soria Archived 2009-12-10 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish). ANOC. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  7. ^ a b World medallists gather in Soria. IAAF (2003-11-21). Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  8. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2008-11-23). Komon and Kiptoo are successful in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  9. ^ Valiente, Emerterio (2006-11-17). East Africa versus Spanish armada in Soria on Sunday. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-29.
  10. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-11-22). Ebuya confirms, Phalula surprises at Soria cross country. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  11. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2011-11-20). Chepkok and Jeptoo unopposed at Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-20.
  12. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2012-11-18). Bett and Weldu take narrow wins in Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-14.

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