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New direction for Cross Country Competition

cross country running

Cross country running should move towards a more extreme, edgier style to attract new audiences as well as a new breed of cross country runner to the discipline. [Read more…]

Africa dominates Atrim

mimi belete

mimi belete at world cross

Ethiopian-born athlete, Mimi Belete, takes the women’s event at the Antrim International Cross Country in Northern Ireland [Read more…]

Global Seminar on Cross Country

Cross Country Running

Cross Country Running

Monaco – The IAAF Global Seminar on Cross Country Running will take place on 9 December 2013 in the Serbian capital Belgrade and will discuss the major issues facing Cross Country participation, and Cross Country running in general. [Read more…]

Belete wins in Roeselare

Almensch Belete

Almensch Belete

Almensch Belete cruised to victory on home soil at the European Athletics Cross Country Permit race in the Belgian town of Roeselare on Sunday.

Belete, 23, pulled away midway through the 6.25km race to cross the line in 21:26 ahead of Kenya’s Cynthia Kosgei and the fellow country woman Veerle Dejaeghere. [Read more…]

Balkan Cross Champs 2012

Acunta Bobocel 2012

Acunta Bobocel 2012

Local runners dominated the 57th Balkan Cross Country Championships, staged in the Turkish seaside town of Kocaeli on Saturday, winning three of the six individual titles and four team titles. [Read more…]

Kenya dominate 2nd CAA

CAA Africa Cross Country Championships 2012

CAA Africa Cross Country Championships 2012

18 March 2012 – The second edition of the CAA Africa Cross Country Championships took place in Cape Town at Keurboom Park with Kenya once again dominating, taking gold in most of the categories.

The senior men’s race was arguably the most fiercely contested on the day. The first 3 laps saw a bunch of around 40 athletes packed in the front group. As the athletes settled in the subsequent laps the group broke up, showcasing a thinning front pack consisting of athletes mainly Kenya, Eritrea and Ethiopia. [Read more…]

Edinburgh 2008 Champs

It was with much anticipation that I arrived at Edinburgh by train from London to watch, what was to become, one of the most awesome and memorable cross country races ever run.

I had gone to Edinburgh with a few other avid runners, Wayne Smith, a top ex-SA and now GB duathlete and triathlete, His girlfriend, Jess Petersson, a world class Ironman, triathlete and 2.42 marathoner, Richard Xerri, a British athlete and triathlete, his girlfriend, Naomi Warner, a top Australian runner and Allen Barrie, an enthusiastic and very strong fell runner. [Read more…]

New Zealand women sixth at world cross country champs

Nina Rillstone in 15th and Kate McIlroy 16th led New Zealand to sixth place in the senior women’s long course cross country teams title at the world cross country championships in Fukuoka, Japan yesterday. [Read more…]

The 2003 World XCountry Championships Report Back

Kenenisa Bekele Lausanne 2003

Kenenisa Bekele Lausanne 2003

The World Cross Country Championships, Lausanne, Switzerland will be again remembered for the simply breathtaking performances of one athlete, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia. [Read more…]

The 2002 Dublin World Cross Country Championships

The World Cross Country Championships, Dublin, Ireland was certainly a great place to be for one athlete. And that athlete was 19-year-old Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia.

The last really great Bikila, was the barefoot wonder who won the Olympic Games marathon on 2 occasions. Bekele the marathon runner was followed by Haile Gebrselassie and now we believe that following in their footsteps is the exceptional talent Kenenisa Bekele. At the staggeringly young age of 19, he has already made history by becoming the first athlete to do the ‘double’ at the World Cross Country Champs. [Read more…]