European Cross Country Championships

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.

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

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]

HistoryEdit

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]

EditionsEdit

# 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 7 38 555
26 2019 Lisbon   Portugal 8 December
27 2020 Dublin   Ireland 13 December National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown
28 2021 Turin   Italy 12 December La Mandria Park
  • nb Country and athlete figures for senior races only

ChampionsEdit

 
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)
2018   Filip Ingebrigtsen (NOR)   Yasemin Can (TUR)
2019   Robel Fsiha (SWE)   Yasemin Can (TUR)

ReferencesEdit

  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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