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Welcome to highlights of the 2016 European Cross Country

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Championships. I don't know about you but when I think of

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cross-country I think of mud and went conditions and there was nobody

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better at it than Paula Radcliffe, welcome. What can we look forward

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to? Good racing, traditionally a very happy hunting ground for us

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going to the European Cross Country Championships. Expect more of the

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same from the under 20, the under 23 and a senior women. What is

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refreshing this year is we have the strongest team we have had for a

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good few years, in the senior men's team read by Callum Hawkins and Andy

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Butchart coming off the back of a great summer for both of them.

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Exciting to see them going in so strong. Great Britain have enjoyed a

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lot of success in this event over the years, in fact last year topping

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the medal table for the 13th year in a row.

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Lots of prospects for British medals.

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It's going to be a silver medal for Harriet Knowles-Jones. Taking the

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silver medal. Very successful day once more for Great Britain.

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Jonathan Davies takes the gold medal for Great Britain.

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This years event is in Chia on the Italian island of Sardinia. Men's

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and women's races over various distances, for junior, and 23 and

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the seniors with two medals up for grabs. The courses pretty flat and

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fast, a couple of man-made obstacles, nothing much to trouble

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the athletes. Here are some people hoping to do well.

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Time for the senior men's race, with the conditions being so warm and

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sunny we can expect a really fast race. The British team with the team

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captain Andy Butchart, great character. Callum Hawkins as well,

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they have been training, Andy Butchart ran away with the trials.

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Andy Vernon, Ross Millington behind. Debbie Griffiths. Very strong team.

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The Great North Run a couple of years ago, almost gave Mo Farah

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affright. Senior men under way. As ever the

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cavalry charge of the first 100 metres, never ceases to amaze me

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that everyone seems to want to join in but it's a flat and fast course,

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really good conditions, summer weather in Sardinia and Andy

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Butchart, well to the four already, what I year he has had in 2016,

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everyone hoping, particularly he is, that he can continue it. Callum

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Hawkins already up there as well. There will be a real challenge from

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Turkey, former Kenyan is running for them, particularly Meryem

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Great Britain looking to the leaders, then looking for the likes

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of Andy Vernon who will always run well in this race, always produces a

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good, strong performance. This is a fast start, fast running. These two

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short laps completed and out on the big labs now. Grabbing it by the

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scruff of the neck. I don't think they have done too much together in

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terms of training. But they are well prepared. They had a good tussle at

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the trials. Callum did exactly this, went out hard but Andy Butchart a

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comfortable winner in the end. Interesting to see how this pans

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out. They are both very different, very different personalities and how

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they will attack the training and racing, even the styles are

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different. Callum Hawkins, you can see how well-suited he is the

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marathon running, very economical, contrast that with Andy Butchart's

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he almost bounces. It's all so very economical and service really well.

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I think on ground like this it can be an advantage because you're not

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putting too much of your foot to risk turning the ankle on some of

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the lumps in the course. I don't know if I would rather see them

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sitting back or is it good to see them taking it to the Turkish

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athletes and trying to seize control? Certainly they are not

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letting themselves be dominated in any way in this early stage. Andy

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Vernon leading the chasing group which is good from a British

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perspective. They are all not too far. From a team race they are

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following suit, started aggressively, so far so good. Callum

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Hawkins just starting to get dropped, Andy Vernon dropping back a

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little bit in the group he was controlling as well so he needs to

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keep working but a great run from the Griffiths backed up right behind

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him by Conner. He was in 17th at the last count but it's the Spanish

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athletes ahead of Andy Vernon, he was ahead of them. He has to try to

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work with them, stay with that group. Callum Hawkins back on the

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back here, back in touch. I am going to go on and on about this transfer

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of allegiance, we have Aras Kaya, he ran in the steeplechase.

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The sport,, it is not need to see what name you should have, but Aras

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Kaya, steeplechaser now running and running well, only got his

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allegiance in June this year, not long before the championships. He

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went to the Olympics but did not make it out of his heats. He is

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running and controlling it with Arikan at the minute. One of the

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Spaniards moving through. He went off hard so he might drop. Callum

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Hawkins going to the front. Fortunes have switched between Andrew

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Butchart and Callum Hawkins, Callum Hawkins turning the screw and asking

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questions of the Turkish athletes and Andy Butchart who is struggling

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to keep focus, it's a bit over distance for him. It's not the same

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as a 10,000 metres or 10K on the road. When he has predominantly

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raced over 5000 metres it's a bit of a step up in terms of endurance

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Callum Hawkins will have the edge but if he can stay in contact Andy

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Butchart has the edge. This is interesting, in the trial at

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Liverpool, once it settled down, Callum Hawkins try to run hard from

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the front. Andy was able to move away with ease almost. I just wonder

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today if he got carried away a little bit, this is probably the

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first time he has gone to an event with everyone looking at him,

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everyone asking what he has got. I just wonder, we both raised a bit of

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an eyebrow as we see the team standings, much closer between Great

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Britain and Spain. We thought it was fast and Callum now it has settled

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down, his endurance coming through, Andy Butchart looking behind

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already, they are well ahead, but it's going to be a long slog in the

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lonely fourth place for him. Really interesting shift of hierarchy if

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you like, the marathon runner against the track runner and at the

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moment the marathon runner looking better. Is it a good time that he is

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looking tired and moving back, Mechaal?

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Let's hope Andy can compose himself, he's a very tough and brave runner,

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we have seen him look in trouble in races on the track and then be able

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to find something more and fight back but he's in no man's land. It's

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much easier for Callum with the other runners behind him. All three

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men in Rio, Callum Hawkins in the marathon, and Aras Kaya in the

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steeplechase, that is what Cross country does, brings together all

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the disciplines. It's a shame that the world Cross country has been

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affected so much partly by the transfer of allegiance rules which

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are so lax and allow lots of Kenyans and Eritreans to run for other

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countries and make it difficult for European teams and European

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individual athletes to contest and figure in a way they used to. Nobody

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minds getting beaten by a good Kenyan but when you are racing

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against 15 or 20 of them because they represent different countries

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that cannot be a good thing for a cross-country as a sport. It's

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something we keep going on about but it's because we love cross-country

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running and at this level something needs to be done about that rule in

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particular because it's the single biggest reason I think quite a lot

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of the European and other countries have decided not to contest. Look

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here, Great Britain, it is great when your team wins, you get an

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individual medal, fighting hard further down the field to win a

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medal but they cannot that here. Callum Hawkins in a lonely third

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spot, the two Turkish athletes moving away from him, Andy Butchart

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his team-mate behind him in fourth. A brave effort from Callum Hawkins,

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led at first by Andy Butchart, but he picked up the mantle of trying to

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take the race to the Kenyan Turkish athletes and these two are well

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ahead of the rest of the European team. Andy Vernon leading the

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Spanish men, that will be a crucial battle as far as the team race is

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concerned. We have three British athletes before the first Spanish

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athlete but the Spanish have four together. Whether it is Griffiths or

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Connor, the fourth British man will be crucial. There is Ben Connor.

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It's hard to see him picking up a couple places isn't it? But... I

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cannot see much change in with the top five, certainly. Then it's all

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about those places in the last lap. Spain with four men between Andy

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Vernon and the next counter for Great Britain. These are the team

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standings at the beginning of the last lap, just five points between

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Spain, Turkey improving all the time. All to play for on the last

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lap. Callum Hawkins guard, Andy Butchart tiring in fourth place.

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Could come under pressure from Carvalho. Decent cushion to the

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Frenchman. That looks more than enough for even an tiring Andy

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Butchart to hold onto. In fact, where has he gone? Andy Vernon

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moving into fifth place in fact. Look at Andy Vernon, strong as ever.

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Had a good run here last year, Andy Vernon, the last British athlete to

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get a medal in these championships in the senior men forging on. If he

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can finish ahead of the Spanish athletes it will do the team cause

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an awful lot of good. But at the front a bit of a surprise because

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it's Aras Kaya, the steeplechaser, former Kenyan now running for

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Turkey. Only given clearance to run for them this July. The Turkish flag

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waving, it's going to be a 1- to for them. Polat Kemboi Arikan who won

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this race two years ago, this time he has to play second fiddle to Aras

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Kaya who takes the gold medal for Turkey and is the European Cross

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Country Championships to our wonderful and brilliant strong,

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brave bronze medal for Callum Hawkins who finishes top Brit. He

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and Andy Butchart, the two Scots attacked hard from the beginning.

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Andy, fourth place, Pete Hawkins in the trials. And the timing his

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efforts supremely well. In issuing in fifth place. That will be an

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anxious wait for the three reddish men as they turn around to see who

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will cross the line. Where is Connor, Griffiths... Three Spanish

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athletes coming in. It will come down to 1-2 points in the end, Great

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Britain leading the team race at the start of the last lap, Salami got

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ahead of Connor. Gritting his teeth. Making sure no one comes past him.

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Connor may well have given written a good chance of the gold medal.

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Griffiths coming in just a couple of places behind. One very tired

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athletes. That was Kabbalah who dropped back. It is a Turkish number

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one and two, Kaya winning ahead of Arakan. A surprise, Hawkins taking

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the bronze medal at ahead of Andy Butchart and Andy Vernon. Connor,

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good performance finishing 16th. Great Britain looking like they will

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be confirmed as the gold-medallists in the team race. Close in the end.

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At surge from Andy Vernon in particular getting ahead of the

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Spanish athletes making it a four point victory for Great Britain and

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Northern Ireland. Turkey improving dramatically to get the bronze.

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Ready to go, the senior women under way. A test of eight kilometres.

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Flat and fast. Great Britain will be hoping that today, individually and

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in the team race, they can perform well. I think the team is a very

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good team. A lot of people said at the trials it wasn't perhaps the

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strongest but look at the experience, that may well be the

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case but given the standard of the field, they have every opportunity.

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With the experience of Steph Twell and Gemma Steel, one or two others

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are hoping to back them up. No real out and out favourites in this race.

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Finola MacCormack from Ireland well to the fore. The Turks will

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definitely be a danger. Can. Grovdal of Norway well to the fore. Bobocel

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from Romania settling down. Got out well. The two former Kenyan

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athletes, running for a turkey information, almost. I think, a

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second remaining athlete moving up, packing well at this stage. They had

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that little short lap, 500 metres. Onto the long lap, round about 1500

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metres, five long laps ahead of them. The Brits, a little further

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back. Two Turkish athletes. They are at the front. Have decided not to

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hang around too much. Well spread out. You can see Gemma Steel and

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Steph Twell perhaps being caught out a little bit in the sense that they

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sat back and are trying to move through fairly quickly, they are

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running together. Pippa Woolven and Katrina Wootton, married recently.

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That is going to be crucial. The Turkish runners set out with real

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intent. This is a familiar, I don't know... The former Kenyan athlete,

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closest to the camera, only giving Kieran Steer run for Turkey in

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March. The IAAF have had other sorts of things to do with but they have

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to get a grasp on this change of allegiance scenario which is still

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going on. And I know the rules are the rules, we have had people change

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allegiance to Great Britain but when people move and live in a country,

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we have got people who have done not but when you do that and you are

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still spending all your time in your former country, as one or two of

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these do, to use an example, let's try and construct the race little

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bit. MacCormack, Grovdal, Twell making her way through. Gemma Steel

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having a much better run. Then I think it's about Walden coming

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through. The one going not quite so well, a really good trial race,

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Charlotte Arter. She was really good in the trial.

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Here is the battle for third. Finola had a big win recently. Beaten

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12-macro Ethiopians and runners from Kenny, doesn't look like she will be

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able to take on these two today. There she is, Grovdal behind her,

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with another good year. It's good when you watch young athletes, as

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juniors, progress and keep progressing, keep getting better.

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She picked up a medal in the European 10,000 metre Championships

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last year. But she is gradually moving up to the longer distances

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and things as well, the half marathon. Contesting that bronze

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medal behind these two. Can, Akda, well ahead. Forcing the pace. Steph

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Twell in that little group, Bobocel still in there, doing well. Finola

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MacCormack of Ireland leading the chase group. Grovdal from Norway,

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Steph Twell looking strong. Working hard to stay with them. Bobocel

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happy to let others do the work. The gap looks as though it might

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increase. The European 5000 and 10,000 metre

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champion from Turkey in the lead at the moment. From her team-mate whose

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trying to hang onto her as much as she can. Ireland doing well,

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McGeehan, the 1500 metres specialist moving well through the field. Great

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Britain keeping Turkey inside but it will come down to the battle is a

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little bit further down the field. On that lap, Kaya moving up to 16th,

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up there with Pippa Woolven. Britain could do with Wootton and

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Wilson working together. A lot of good athletes on the field.

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MacCormack who was at the front of the group, now Bobocel who's gone

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back and trying to ask questions of the three others in the group and

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see if she can get rid of one of those. Is it Finola struggling to

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hang on or is it because she was moving wide to find better ground?

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No doubt about the leader, contributing moving her way from her

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compatriot, whichever way you look at it and opening up the gap. Actor

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starting to fatigue, I don't think she's ever in any danger of being

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caught by the group behind her, but the gap consistently growing. Here

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it is. A real scrap. Good names, good athletes on the track. And I

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think Finola particularly is thinking, I have got to shake off

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and put my foot down and try and shake the soft. She is no slouch at

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the end, she will fight hard. But she will be worried about the

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closing speed all of one or two of the others. It shows the key point,

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the key interest of cross country and it's bringing together the

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distances. Finola moving up to the marathon but known for her Cross

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Country pedigree, Steph went to the Olympic Games, world junior champion

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over 1500 metres and battling it out, still all to play for in the

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closing stages. Gemma Steel, moving well, Katrina Wootton behind her.

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You have Pippa Woolven there, Kaya from Turkey in between them, but

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that was 16th, Katrina 14th, they have Kaya between them, also where

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Steph Twell finishes in this group, eight points behind Turkey. We

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entered the closing stages. No doubt about the gold-medallist. Can, right

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out in front. The battle for the bronze medal is on. Those four

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locked together. Gemma Steel trying to give chase a little further back

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but gaps behind these four and with Turkey in positions number one and

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two, cubicle. Grovdal trying to break this group up, a big surge

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from the Norwegian. Steph Twell not quite able to respond. Grovdal

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making her first real bid out of that group for the bronze medal. And

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it's a significant one. Steph Twell trying to hang on. Look at this from

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Grovdal. I think what we are seeing from her at this year is a renewed

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confidence. Maybe she has kicked a little bit too early but I think

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she's timed it right, a strength she hasn't had in previous years as

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she's grown older and worked on her strength and that's what's helping

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her over the closing stages but no doubt about the winner. She won two

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titles on the track at 5000 and 10,000 metres, the first time she

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worry best for Turkey and now she is the European cross-country champion,

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she and her team-mate will come through to take the silver medal.

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These two a long way ahead of the rest of the European field. The two

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former Kenyan athletes now running for Turkey. They will look to see

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where their team-mates finished, a real good scrap going on for the

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bronze medals at crocodile from Norway wins. -- Grovdal. A good

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performance from her. Bobocel coming very quickly but not quick enough,

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the remaining taking fourth. Fionnuala McCormack from Ireland,

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Steph Twell hanging on and keeping going.

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Good performance, great to see her continuing on her comeback trail.

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Steph Twell six, Gemma Steel we are expecting. Lost a couple of places.

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The remaining going past. Gemma Steel will come, I think that's 11th

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or 12th. Tricky take the gold and silver. Good performance from Steph

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Twell. Sixth place. Not quite good enough to take the

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team gold medal, and that goes to Turkey.

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The defending champion in this under 23 race is Great Britain's Jonathan

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Davies and he leads a team that is a little bit inexperienced in this

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meant's team, the best way of describing it. Be interesting to see

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how they go, I guess the news in this race is that the prerace

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favourite, or would have been, is a Turkish transferee who won the

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senior race last year, meant to be dropping back into the under 23

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ranks but we are told he has been injured. I think that leaves the

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race open. The meant's under 23 is under way. Just over eight

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kilometres. They will do a short lap and five longer labs. And Great

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Britain with high hopes. Jonathan Davies the defending champion. The

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top three from last year all in this, he had a great scrap with the

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Spanish runner. Plenty of time for the athletes to move through. Alex

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George with the headband wearing number 100.

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Baz, I wouldn't imagine, going to remain in that position. They are

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flying over the top. Decided to not put their foot down. The spikes just

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not quite finding the grass. And he just stepped forward and lost his

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balance. Still early stages. Very early. Alex George running well.

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A bit of a gap between Alex George and the leading group, and oddly

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enough, the Turkish athlete is drifting back. Jonny Davies getting

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closer to the front of the pack. There is a good illustration, Ellis

:30:59.:31:06.

Cross, a group ahead of him off five or six athletes, it'd be great if he

:31:07.:31:10.

could get into the pack and picked off one or two. That's exactly what

:31:11.:31:17.

you want, your fourth counter advancing further down the race.

:31:18.:31:23.

Picking up places. Jonny Davies leading, and the men behind him in

:31:24.:31:26.

contention for the gold medal in the team race. Trying to keep the pace

:31:27.:31:34.

moving, where he has succeeded in getting Ramos to drop off the back

:31:35.:31:38.

of the pack without intentionally turning the screw too much, he won't

:31:39.:31:42.

want the group behind to close down too much, but he has to be aware of

:31:43.:31:47.

what he wants to keep in his legs in terms of strength to be able to

:31:48.:31:52.

cover moves, to be able to make a strong move of his own when he's

:31:53.:31:57.

ready do that. I think the longer this place allows Yemanberhan Crippa

:31:58.:32:02.

to still be involved it is dangerous. I think he can burn it up

:32:03.:32:07.

at the end. He's been hanging on for a while but will be growing in his

:32:08.:32:11.

own confidence for a while, the Italian at the back, two-time winner

:32:12.:32:17.

of the junior title. You will start to feel confidence growing as they

:32:18.:32:22.

enter the last lap. Two many people for comfort, too many and with a

:32:23.:32:27.

chance. Solomon, the surprise package from Sweden pushing on. He

:32:28.:32:32.

heard the bell and made a strong move, caught some of them out a

:32:33.:32:39.

little. Jonny Davies struggled to be able to go with it, he is gathering

:32:40.:32:44.

himself now. It's broken up the pack. I think some of them were not

:32:45.:32:48.

expecting the move to come so early going into the last lap. Solomon

:32:49.:32:57.

made a bad mistake coming over the bump, I don't know if he caught his

:32:58.:33:01.

foot at the top but he stumbled and almost fell. Recovered his balance

:33:02.:33:06.

but allowed Issac Kimeli to get to the front. Now he is the one turning

:33:07.:33:14.

the screw a bit more. They are all aware that Yemanberhan Crippa is

:33:15.:33:18.

still there. They are kicking hard, they can see the finish line, Issac

:33:19.:33:22.

Kimeli 's who are so many times we've expected to do well, the

:33:23.:33:29.

Belgian with a great turn of pace moving away, it's an LA kick for

:33:30.:33:33.

home from him and he still has running to do. Carlos Mayo trying to

:33:34.:33:38.

chase down, the Spaniard took silver last year and it looks like he's

:33:39.:33:41.

getting it again this time. It's going to be Issac Kimeli from

:33:42.:33:45.

Belgium. The European silver-medallist on the track at

:33:46.:33:51.

5000 metres in 2015 is going to take gold at the European Cross Country

:33:52.:33:57.

Championships in the under 23 race. Carlos Mayo, another silver medal,

:33:58.:34:01.

Yemanberhan Crippa, good move up the under 23 takes bronze. Jonny Davies

:34:02.:34:10.

in theft, good defence for him. Solomon sixth, then Ramos. Great

:34:11.:34:17.

Britain will be hoping, as we see Alex George coming in, losing a few

:34:18.:34:23.

places to a play which will mean Italy will take the team race. The

:34:24.:34:29.

question of whether or not Great Britain can take the silver. Alex

:34:30.:34:33.

George across the line. Looks as though the next counter for Great

:34:34.:34:40.

Britain will be Ellis Cross. The question is who will be the fourth.

:34:41.:34:44.

Is it going to be Alex Short? I think so. It will be tight, I think

:34:45.:34:51.

we have got a team medal, but whether or not it is silver or

:34:52.:34:58.

bronze that will get sorted out. Alex Short 20 Fifth Place, the

:34:59.:35:03.

fourth counter. Confirmation of the win. That will be celebrated back

:35:04.:35:08.

home I am pretty sure. Alex George and Ellis Cross running

:35:09.:35:19.

well. Ellis Cross in particular coming through the field very strong

:35:20.:35:24.

way in the latter stages. Alex Short in 25th to be Britain's fourth

:35:25.:35:34.

counter. Italy finishing strongly. Belgium the surprise silver. Great

:35:35.:35:40.

Britain and Northern Ireland with bronze.

:35:41.:35:46.

The British team, Rebecca Murray, Jessica Judd is really starting to

:35:47.:35:55.

come back into good form, good to see her full of smiles, that is a

:35:56.:36:00.

strong British contingent. Alice Wright at the back, based in the

:36:01.:36:05.

States. The under 23 women's race gets underway. Just over six

:36:06.:36:14.

kilometres. Four collapse. Great Britain with high hopes both

:36:15.:36:17.

individually and certainly in the team race -- four lapse. I'm

:36:18.:36:26.

intrigued to see if Jessica Judd and Rebecca Murray can figure

:36:27.:36:32.

individually. Sofia Ennaoui Poland is a familiar name, track will

:36:33.:36:44.

recognise. Lots to look forward to. Settling down, not to quit at the

:36:45.:36:50.

beginning. Anna Gehring on the inside. The British pack deciding

:36:51.:37:01.

not to set off too quickly. Rebecca Murray weaving through the field,

:37:02.:37:06.

Jessica Judd still right up there, Alice Wright very committed in these

:37:07.:37:12.

early stages, right up there, contesting the lead. Charlotte

:37:13.:37:18.

Taylor on the left-hand side. Also very close indeed. Good performance

:37:19.:37:20.

from her at the moment. Four laps. Watching Jessica Judd going

:37:21.:37:40.

over the hay bale, she has the longest legs and maybe struggled the

:37:41.:37:44.

most going over, she was not comfortable over the bumps either.

:37:45.:37:48.

Those humps are bonds in the course are more suited to the smaller

:37:49.:37:53.

athletes who are almost able to jump over and skip up and down the other

:37:54.:37:59.

side, the likes of Alice Wright and Sofia Ennaoui, for the toll the

:38:00.:38:01.

runners the stride pattern does not always fit into the gap. Alice

:38:02.:38:08.

Wright looking good, Charlotte Taylor well to the fore, Sofia

:38:09.:38:12.

Ennaoui the prerace favourite in the white and red shorts of Poland.

:38:13.:38:18.

Jessica Judd not too far away. Great Britain looking in excellent

:38:19.:38:26.

position for the team race. The Germans also in there, including

:38:27.:38:33.

Anna Gehring. They have completely two laps. Pack of nine or ten.

:38:34.:38:48.

Jessica Judd a little bit of a gap if you like. So it's Alice Wright,

:38:49.:38:59.

Charlotte Taylor contesting the lead with Sofia Ennaoui and Anna Gehring,

:39:00.:39:03.

Sofia Ennaoui the prerace favourite looks comfortable but this is strong

:39:04.:39:08.

running from the American -based British athletes. Rebecca Murray

:39:09.:39:11.

leading the chasing pack in fifth at the moment but a good 25 metres

:39:12.:39:21.

behind this lead four. Anna Gehring having a very good performance, as

:39:22.:39:26.

is Sofia Ennaoui, Alice Wright working hard, look at Rebecca

:39:27.:39:30.

Murray, moving away, you feel as though there is more to come for her

:39:31.:39:34.

in this race if she can just keep in contact with them and then maybe in

:39:35.:39:38.

the last lap see if she can run some of them down. Two British athletes

:39:39.:39:44.

in that group already. The British athletes under pressure now as they

:39:45.:39:49.

enter the last lap in third and fourth. Charlotte Taylor moving

:39:50.:39:55.

ahead of team-mate, she beat Alice Wright in the cross country in the

:39:56.:40:00.

States in early November. The NCAA event. Maybe that's a good indicator

:40:01.:40:07.

of form. She moves into the bronze medal place. I think she moved

:40:08.:40:11.

slightly ahead of Alice Wright but what Alice needs to do is maintain

:40:12.:40:15.

contact and of the British girls can work together it might be one of

:40:16.:40:22.

them in front tyres. Sofia Ennaoui looks like she's rocking a lot more

:40:23.:40:25.

than she was in the early stages, some of that is the ponytail she has

:40:26.:40:29.

behind her which makes it look worse than it is, but in her face as well,

:40:30.:40:36.

she's trying to get alongside Anna Gehring to let her know she is still

:40:37.:40:40.

there but Anna Gehring is making her heart and you can see it on her

:40:41.:40:45.

face. The British athletes, Charlotte Taylor with the four or

:40:46.:40:48.

five-metre gap on her team-mate Alice Wright, third and fourth.

:40:49.:40:53.

Rebecca Murray in sixth place at the minute. Jessica Judd the fourth

:40:54.:41:00.

counter for Great Britain. I think we will be OK. A real scrap going on

:41:01.:41:11.

for the bronze medal. Alice Wright has managed in the closing stages to

:41:12.:41:16.

find something a bit extra to get ahead of her team-mate. But it's not

:41:17.:41:21.

over yet. Does Sofia Ennaoui have enough in the tank, can she muster a

:41:22.:41:32.

bit of us as Sprint? She is gathering a little, she will have

:41:33.:41:35.

walked the course, they all will have, they will know the twists and

:41:36.:41:40.

turns into the finish but has Sofia Ennaoui saved enough to be able to

:41:41.:41:43.

come back in the closing straight and what's going to happen for the

:41:44.:41:52.

bronze? Granz having a look behind, some tired athletes including

:41:53.:41:54.

Jessica Judd but this is the battle for gold. Sofia Ennaoui is the first

:41:55.:42:02.

to strike, she can see the finish line and no response from the

:42:03.:42:07.

German, Sofia Ennaoui takes a look behind, the prerace favourite has a

:42:08.:42:10.

ten-metre lead and the track speed is too much for the German, Sofia

:42:11.:42:14.

Ennaoui of Poland takes the gold medal in the under 23 race. Bright

:42:15.:42:21.

performance from Anna Gehring, a surprise silver medal for her and it

:42:22.:42:25.

will be Alice Wright leading Great Britain, she will get an individual

:42:26.:42:29.

bronze medal ahead of her team-mate Charlotte Taylor, great performance

:42:30.:42:32.

from Alice Wright. They are both based in America, great addition to

:42:33.:42:38.

the team, takes the bronze medal ahead of Taylor in fourth.

:42:39.:42:44.

Sofia Ennaoui of Poland sprinting to the title. Brilliant performance

:42:45.:42:52.

from Alice Wright to take the bronze medal ahead of Charlotte Taylor.

:42:53.:43:01.

Jessica Judd the fourth counter. It confirms the position as champions,

:43:02.:43:05.

Great Britain on top once more in an event they have dominated over the

:43:06.:43:10.

years, the last ten years. Germany doing well and Italy taking the

:43:11.:43:18.

bronze. STUDIO: Two more races to come but later tonight highlights of

:43:19.:43:23.

the Premier League football. And on Tuesday you can see the Super League

:43:24.:43:25.

show review of the 2016 season. COMMENTATOR: The under 20 women,

:43:26.:43:42.

short lap of 500 metres they will go around now and then a long lap of

:43:43.:43:53.

around 1500 metres, two short laps and it's not that far so the real

:43:54.:43:58.

mix of good track athletes, those who are better on cross country as

:43:59.:44:04.

well, tends to be, a junior women level they are good at both.

:44:05.:44:08.

Konstanze Klosterhalfen right up the front. The British women, right up

:44:09.:44:14.

there from the beginning, packing well. You have to get out there,

:44:15.:44:17.

this sort of distance you cannot hang around and think I will work my

:44:18.:44:22.

way through, it's too short and quick. Absolutely, especially on a

:44:23.:44:29.

course as twisty as this one, you have to get out hard and get

:44:30.:44:33.

yourself well placed in the early stages because this is not a race

:44:34.:44:36.

which will slow down or settle at any point. The main contenders we

:44:37.:44:41.

expected to be up there, like Konstanze Klosterhalfen, immediately

:44:42.:44:46.

to the front, backed up by her German team-mates. Harriet

:44:47.:44:48.

Knowles-Jones well placed on the inside and keeping an eye on where

:44:49.:44:51.

she knows the main danger will come from.

:44:52.:45:01.

She's not a hanging around. She's not waiting. Harriet Knowles-Jones

:45:02.:45:07.

moving into second place. The rest of the British contingent doing

:45:08.:45:09.

well. Great Britain looking good. They clearly do, the winner last

:45:10.:45:23.

year, defending her title, looks as though she's heading off towards

:45:24.:45:29.

that gold-medal, a scrap going on behind Harriet Knowles-Jones, still

:45:30.:45:32.

in second place. The rest of the British pack, Quirk, having a great

:45:33.:45:40.

race, 17 years old, will be one of the counters. Silver for

:45:41.:45:50.

Knowles-Jones last year. Great Britain leading the team race. You

:45:51.:45:58.

can see confirmation, Victoria Wear and Quirk in 10th place. Phoebe Law

:45:59.:46:06.

is the fifth counter. The top four well up there, Britain looking safe.

:46:07.:46:12.

Good scrap for second place, Harriet Knowles-Jones looks as though she's

:46:13.:46:15.

struggling a little bit to hang onto Moller. A big gap to Harriet

:46:16.:46:21.

Knowles-Jones, whether at the two of them think they have a chance of

:46:22.:46:25.

closing the gap but can Harriet Knowles-Jones hang on? She will have

:46:26.:46:33.

to. There is the leader heading towards her second European

:46:34.:46:37.

cross-country junior title. She has that action on Cross Country, no big

:46:38.:46:42.

knee lift anything, she is tall, long legs, a good action for Cross

:46:43.:46:49.

Country. It is, and potentially for the road, food, smooth, level

:46:50.:46:56.

action, starting to turn her ankle a couple of times and she's pulled it

:46:57.:47:01.

back. The girls will probably feedback that the route is testing.

:47:02.:47:07.

She decides to pop onto the turf carpet to put her arms aloft,

:47:08.:47:13.

Klosterhalfen defending her title supremely well, much more

:47:14.:47:20.

impressively than last year. This year, she wins it comfortably.

:47:21.:47:24.

Moller, big improvement for the Danish girl, Harriet Knowles-Jones

:47:25.:47:28.

needs to keep Owen, a bit of danger from behind. Very, very tired, just

:47:29.:47:35.

about going to hang on. Harriet Knowles-Jones adds a bronze medal to

:47:36.:47:40.

the silver medal last year, really good performance, we are watching

:47:41.:47:43.

for the rest of the British team. Looks like Amelia Klerk, 17 years

:47:44.:47:52.

old. -- Amelia Quirk. What a brilliant run from the youngster

:47:53.:47:56.

from Bracknell, the second counter. Victoria Wear is the third counter

:47:57.:48:05.

and Gemma Holloway, looking like she will cement the gold medal for Great

:48:06.:48:07.

Britain with her performance, coming in 11th.

:48:08.:48:11.

Some really good performances from Amelia Quirk, Gemma Holloway and

:48:12.:48:28.

Victoria Wear. Securing the team race. Great Britain and Northern

:48:29.:48:29.

Ireland with 33 points. The Dutch team taking the bronze

:48:30.:48:39.

medal, great performance from them, Ireland down in 10th.

:48:40.:48:49.

The under 20 men's race under way. Sprinting through the first couple

:48:50.:48:56.

of hundred metres. Straight out onto the big love for them, four the

:48:57.:49:01.

labs, six kilometres, it will settle down in a moment. -- big lap.

:49:02.:49:14.

Taking a little while to settle down, no big favourites, no wonder

:49:15.:49:21.

you can kind of go, that is the one to beat. Some interesting athletes,

:49:22.:49:25.

the Brits already moving to the front. This young man, saw him

:49:26.:49:35.

running superb times on the track, I think he's three minutes 42 for 1500

:49:36.:49:39.

metres which is even quicker than I ran in those days, looks like he's a

:49:40.:49:44.

better prospect than his brothers, running quicker than them. Setting

:49:45.:49:47.

the standard at the front very early. British guys trying to move

:49:48.:49:53.

their way through and give themselves a good position as things

:49:54.:50:02.

try to settle a little. Incredibly busy summer for Alex, mixing the

:50:03.:50:10.

bike and the running with great success, fabulous 2016. Recently

:50:11.:50:18.

named at the sports aid foundation awards for the one to watch from the

:50:19.:50:23.

future and got his award from Mo Farah.

:50:24.:50:27.

Going to be a bit of a tug-of-war between athletics and triathlon for

:50:28.:50:33.

his talents, for the time being managing to juggle them both very

:50:34.:50:40.

well. And he's been pushed and tripped, as we were talking about

:50:41.:50:46.

him and knocked again. Her lad! I hope we get a replay. Watch here.

:50:47.:50:52.

You go. Just got clipped by the Turk. And gets head again. As he is

:50:53.:50:58.

coming up, the Irish guy ran into him and put his knee into his

:50:59.:51:02.

backside and sent him headfirst down. We'll have knocked the wind

:51:03.:51:05.

out of him but hopefully not injuring him. We could do with some

:51:06.:51:11.

of the other guys getting to the front and trying to slow it down.

:51:12.:51:17.

They might have seen the team standings, very tight, four points

:51:18.:51:19.

separating France, Spain, Great Britain. Chiappinelli had a disaster

:51:20.:51:28.

in this race last year. A bad run but look at this. Muhammad Muhammad,

:51:29.:51:37.

about half way round deep and ultimate lap, when they complete

:51:38.:51:42.

this they will have another lap to go but look at Muhammad, is he

:51:43.:51:49.

closing the gap? He might be. Certainly increasing the gap hugely

:51:50.:51:59.

on the chasers behind him. We know Ingebrigsten will be a huge

:52:00.:52:05.

challenge. Still a fair bit of running to go. Japan-mac the in the

:52:06.:52:11.

lead, Muhammad in second place for Great Britain. -- Chiappinelli.

:52:12.:52:19.

Look at Ingebrigsten, 16 years old, from Norway, leading and his lead is

:52:20.:52:28.

growing. Powerful running. He led early on and he let Chiappinelli get

:52:29.:52:36.

away. The battle for sober and bronze is not over, Muhammad sensing

:52:37.:52:40.

he has a chance if he could raise a little bit of a sprint but here is

:52:41.:52:45.

the winner. -- battle for silver. The track specialist winning in the

:52:46.:52:51.

country, great performance. Chiappinelli, the prerace favourite

:52:52.:52:56.

taking the silver medal for Italy, a well-deserved bronze for Muhammad

:52:57.:53:02.

hammered. Great performance. -- Muhammad Muhammad.

:53:03.:53:06.

This is beginning to look like success for France in the team race,

:53:07.:53:16.

going to be tight. Alex Ye after having that unfortunate fall, not

:53:17.:53:17.

the race he wanted. Ingebrigsten, the winner, very

:53:18.:53:25.

tired, great performance from him. For Alex Ye, a case of what might

:53:26.:53:41.

have been after about four, finishing 11th. France winning the

:53:42.:53:44.

team race. Pretty comfortably. Another hugely successful day and

:53:45.:53:59.

Paula, no individual old medals, turkey did beat us this time, we are

:54:00.:54:04.

not top of the medal table at overall, fought were your thoughts?

:54:05.:54:09.

Pretty good day. Very good day, the highlight for me was seeing the

:54:10.:54:13.

senior men's team step up, when the championships and the manner in

:54:14.:54:17.

which they did it, Callum and Andy Butchart to get to the Turkish

:54:18.:54:22.

Kenyan is but they weren't intimidated. Not afraid to go out

:54:23.:54:27.

and give it their best. To try and beat them. That was the biggest

:54:28.:54:33.

takeaway, great to see Jessica Judd coming back, Steph Twell coming back

:54:34.:54:41.

and making her mark. But building forward, the encouraging thing was

:54:42.:54:43.

the consolidation and strength and depth on the men's side. On the

:54:44.:54:49.

wider context, in commentary be mentioned one of the issues that

:54:50.:54:54.

sport is facing but in cross country, the transfer of allegiance

:54:55.:54:57.

issue is one that will not go away and we saw it in evidence today. And

:54:58.:55:01.

that's something that needs to be looked at. It was key the IAAF got

:55:02.:55:06.

the reform process through last week to get the integrity unit

:55:07.:55:09.

established and working because one of the things they'll look at is the

:55:10.:55:13.

transfer of allegiance, to make sure we make things clear by people

:55:14.:55:18.

trying to spectate and watch and not have people jumping around with no

:55:19.:55:21.

real clear allegiance to the country. You mentioned the week that

:55:22.:55:26.

the IAAF went through the reform process or started it. How important

:55:27.:55:31.

was this week, you mentioned the integrity unit, new kind of

:55:32.:55:36.

governance rules that have been agreed, what is that going to mean

:55:37.:55:42.

for the sport? It was vital that we got the reforms through. Had they

:55:43.:55:45.

not, I think it would have been the final nail in the Coughlan for

:55:46.:55:50.

athletics moving forward. It needed to re-establish itself and establish

:55:51.:56:01.

its credibility. -- coffin. The executive board, the fact that

:56:02.:56:05.

things can be passed quicker, the integrity unit will take in-house,

:56:06.:56:09.

deal with sanctions and won't have the delays that we've seen. Just go

:56:10.:56:14.

a huge step forward in restoring athletes confidence that they are

:56:15.:56:17.

being looked after number one in this sport cos they are the number

:56:18.:56:23.

one and the IAAF as a federation should be looking after the rights

:56:24.:56:27.

of the athletes, primarily. Part of the process is the attitude to anti

:56:28.:56:31.

doping. The McLaren report, the second part of that this week, more

:56:32.:56:39.

damning evidence around Russia and what it's been doing in athletics

:56:40.:56:43.

and other sports. This stands the IAAF took a year ago, looks as if

:56:44.:56:49.

comparative of the IOC did, they now, I guess, can stand and say at

:56:50.:56:56.

least we made that stands. I think it vindicated the stands that

:56:57.:57:01.

athletics took and has shown with the mass of evidence, nothing new

:57:02.:57:04.

came out of the report, it was more the amounts of evidence and the

:57:05.:57:08.

scale of deception and fraud committed, I think that underlined

:57:09.:57:14.

the weakness of the position of the IOC last year and puts the onus on

:57:15.:57:18.

them, in order to restore credibility to the Olympic movement

:57:19.:57:21.

they have to make huge decisions going forward, in my opinion, any

:57:22.:57:25.

sporting championships shouldn't be going near Russia until they can

:57:26.:57:29.

prove they have turned things around. There are other countries

:57:30.:57:33.

that need to be looked at. A year of turmoil in athletics as well as in

:57:34.:57:37.

the wider sporting context but some good things for 2016. Yes, some good

:57:38.:57:44.

things that happened, the continuation, if you like, of the

:57:45.:57:50.

documents of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt in distance events but we saw new

:57:51.:57:54.

faces in the heptathlete, Laura Muir breaking through with world leading

:57:55.:58:00.

performances. All of that is good. Today, Andrew Butchart continuing

:58:01.:58:04.

bad step forward, Callum Hawkins, exciting for the future and looking

:58:05.:58:09.

to next year, sell-out stadiums in London, hopefully we'll have packed

:58:10.:58:13.

stadiums every day for morning and evening sessions and will talk about

:58:14.:58:18.

the arena instead of what's happening in the bureaucracy around

:58:19.:58:23.

it. As Paula said we can look forward to 2017 but this is the end

:58:24.:58:28.

of coverage for 2016. An awful lot to think about, remember, good and

:58:29.:58:32.

bad. That is the end of the coverage was of the European Cross country

:58:33.:58:37.

Championships. See you in 2017, lots to look forward to. From Paula and

:58:38.:58:41.

by self, goodbye and Merry Christmas!

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Highlights of the European Cross Country Championships from Chia, Sardinia. Great Britain's women have enjoyed huge success in the team event winning the last three titles in a row, while they have also claimed individual medals at the last three championships. 2015 also saw medal success for the British men who won team bronze, while Jonathan Davies claimed the under-23 title as GB topped the medal table for the 13th consecutive year.


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