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European Cross Country Highlights

Highlights from the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia. GB finished second in the standings in 2016, winning men's team gold and individual bronze for Callum Hawkins.


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The European cross-country

champions, John Brown of Great

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Britain. Ukraine win set! Paula

Radcliffe is coming home! The

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champion in Europe.

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The nine times European champion,

unbelievable. Great to win, she is a

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huge talent.

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Hayley yelling comes back from

retirement to win for the second

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time. A fantastic run from Philander

Britain. Paula Radcliffe, goals for

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Great Britain. Mo Farah takes the

gold medal at the cross country

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Championships.

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Welcome to the 2017 European Cross

country Championships, traditionally

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a happy hunting ground for British

athletes, especially in terms of

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team medals. This year's event is in

Samorin, 12 miles south-east of the

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capital Bratislava on the banks of

the Danube River. There are men's

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and women's races. Under 23 and the

senior's with team medals also up

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for grabs. The mixed relay is new

this year, flat and fast, with some

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artificial obstacles which may

favour those with track pedigree.

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Plenty to look forward to over the

next hour.

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A strong squad for Great Britain,

led by two-time redirect sky and

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5,000-metre champion Andrew

Butchart. Turkey have their king in

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imports, they have become the

dominant force in European Cross

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country, the winners are both senior

titles are here to defend their

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crowns. It could be the age groups

where there is most competition with

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plenty medal hopes for Britain.

After success at the world Cross,

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the mixed relay makes its first

appearance at European level. A few

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minutes away from the senior men's

race. It may be difficult

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individually. We have a strong,

Turkish contingent. Andrew Butchart,

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leading Great Britain. Gary

Griffiths having a wonderful period

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in his career. The senior men get

underway. The usual charge to the

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fall. Two short laps first and then

six longer laps of around 1500

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metres. That will at up to 10,000

metres cross-country running. It is

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not difficult, but it will suit

quicker people. It is flat and fast.

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Conditions underfoot are very good.

The cold weather has meant that the

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ground hasn't cut up, it is firm

underfoot. Some obstacles for them

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to contend with as they go around

but by and large it is a course

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which is a bit different to that

which many would have faced

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including Alex Teuten. Andy Prichard

going through strong, British

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contingent in here, Gary Griffiths

has come off the brilliant marathon

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performance in the autumn. Ben

Connor. Tom Lancashire. A lot of

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experience in this British team.

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They will be hoping that maybe they

can give something to think about.

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They will be the prerace favourites

individually and in the team race.

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Two small laps. Since big laps.

Hannah England joining me. Plenty of

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success in the last few years. The

Turkish had been able to call on the

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former Kenyan 's who have

transferred to Turkey. They have

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dominated in recent years.

Yes. It

adds an unusual element to the race.

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Traditionally, we haven't seen it. I

sometimes find it a bit frustrating

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but here we go. We are already

getting... You can almost decided is

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going to be a given race, that they

will have a heavy influence on the

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results. It doesn't always happen. I

like to keep hope we might still get

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an interesting race.

Varying reports

as to the fitness of Aras Kaya, won

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last year. The defending champion.

We have heard he had a few problems

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last year. He was going to go to the

under 23 race and in the end he

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didn't run anything. Aras Kaya went

on to win. The two of them are

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effectively the champion from 2015

and 2016, both called Kaya. We will

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keep up-to-date with who is who.

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Very strong contingent.

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They've decided, though, they will

let the early pace beset by others.

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The Spaniard is already up there, he

fancies his chances, adult Michelle,

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he wants to give the Turkish athlete

something to think about he said. --

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Adele chow. Andy Butchart went off

very quick with Callum Hawkins. He

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got involved with Kaya.

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In the end, Andy Butchart just

finished outside the medals. Setting

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the pace in the early stages.

They've just dropped off a bit, the

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pack is saddening. I think they will

be happy about it. -- the pack is

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settling. Aras Kaya has gone down! I

wonder whether he just got clipped

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from behind.

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The Belgian athlete might have just

clipped his heels. He went down and

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is struggling to get back involved.

Probably in about 20th position,

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maybe not that far back, maybe 15th

also. TOWIE Griffiths leading, Great

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Britain going well. Andrew Butchart

is there as well.

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Tom Lancashire. A lot of the names

that we thought would be up there in

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the top ten, 12, 15.

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There is the defending champion,

Aras Kaya. A little further back we

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would have seen Aras Kaya as well.

Great Britain easily winning. Only

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three to count, bit of a change from

previous years, always four. They

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have changed it to make it three.

Theoretically to give more teams a

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chance of getting involved in the

medals. Dewi Griffiths looking

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comfortable. They are probably

wondering where on earth the Turkish

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athletes are. It's no surprise to

see Andy Butchart having a go. Great

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Britain leading in the team race

with seven points. Hang on a minute,

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Dewi Griffiths is just stopping.

Dewi is holding his groin area. If

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he even has a slight injury I would

be rugby tackling him to say stop.

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He has a year ahead of him. He has

qualified for the marathon, he needs

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to... The team will do well without

him today. For him this was a big

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opportunity but if he is injured, he

needs to stop. It is pointless

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keeping going. He is only going to

risk further injury. I am trying to

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see whether he is trying to get

running again. Anyway, that leaves

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them in front. These three starting

to pull away a bit, it is terrible

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news for Dewi Griffiths. Let's hope

it is not too serious.

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Heartbreaking. My worry is that he

is so tough in such a team player

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that I really hope he can make that

smart call today. Perhaps it is the

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cold weather. It is very cold.

Perhaps just a muscle strain, that

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is what we can hope for. That it

won't impede his preparations for

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the marathon in the spring.

Laps to

go. Plenty of time. -- two laps to

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go. Another 11 minutes of running,

something of that nature. You can

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see in the background, I am not sure

he is getting much closer. Aras Kaya

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Has had to work hard to even give

himself a chance. 12-15 seconds

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behind the leaders. Mecchaal Sensing

it. Ben Connor struggling a bit.

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Andy Butchart still in bed.

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Those are the first to six.

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Quite a good gap between the

leaders. 12 seconds to Aras Kaya.

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That is the same as the previous

lap, he's made no ground on that

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lap. We will look to the British

third counter. As I said, I think

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Tom Lancashire was going in the

wrong direction in terms of

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position. Dewi Griffiths dropping

out, that may well also be... One

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time that the senior men have to

work hard in the team race.

It is

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incredibly competitive, the senior

men's race. You see a lot of

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countries come very well prepared.

Britain have as well. It is hard

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when you lose one of your front

runners like him. Hopefully it is

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just a nickel, not an injury. A lot

can change. Like you said, still ten

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minutes of running here. A lot of

people go through bad patches, go

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backwards and then forward.

Tom

Lancashire is the third counter.

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They are not that far away, only 11

points behind Turkey. It is very

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close for the medals. The positions

are changing so much that Andy

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Butchart is now third. Mechaal

pushes on. Ben Connor leading the...

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Not the chasing group at the hanging

on group in fourth place at the

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moment. May well come into some

threat from behind us. Aras Kaya has

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moved into seventh position past his

team-mate. Mechaal, now, what a

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story it would be for him to come

and win this. He was talking a good

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game for these championships. Most

people were looking elsewhere for

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the winner. Thought he would run

well, thought he would be close to

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the medals. But this is a real push

from him, now. Still got plenty of

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running to do. Andy Butchart has got

to stick in. He needs to make sure

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he stays strong, there are some

athletes particularly Aras Kaya who

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may have continued to surge in the

latter stages. At the moment, it is

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Spain first, Turkey second and Great

Britain third.

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Mechaal isn't making any ground up

but I can't figure out why he is

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looking behind every 20 metres. He

is leading the race, he is doing

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something right. I would love to see

him relax a bit more and focus on

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running hard.

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If the person behind you is going to

catch you, you will know without

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having to look round as he is

probably well aware, now. You are

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right. It is starting to get on my

nerves. Look at Ozbilen, thinking

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enough is enough. That is a sign to

the person behind, when you look

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around, Legrand, the ground, the

person behind things you are not

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that confident. -- look behind, look

behind, look behind. That is a brave

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move for Ozbilen. Beginning of the

last lap he is leading. Two laps to

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go. I am hearing the bell. I think

it is one big lap and then the home

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straight which is why it says two

laps to go. Ben Connor in fifth

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place.

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That gap to the leaders is now 20

seconds.

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Despite his fall, he is in seventh

place but he will not be able to

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close that gap. You wouldn't think.

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Another look behind, there's no

danger. Andy Butchart still in third

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place. He is starting to tire a bit.

Safe in third, a big gap between him

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and the chasers. Only another two or

three minutes of running to go. In

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this European Cross country

Championships. Ozbilen of Turkey

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needs. Not the athlete we would have

expected to be out there, his two

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team-mates, Aras Kaya and the two

champions from the year before had

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not had a good day. Ali Kaya not in

great shape. Aras Kaya took a fall

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in the early stages and hasn't

recovered. He is giving chase.

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Moving into about fifth position.

You can see him in the background.

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He will run out of time. What about

Mechaal? The indoor European

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champion, we thought we might have

enough from him. Missed out at the

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World Championships at 1500 metres.

It cannot find the strength to

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unleash a bit of a sprinter. He

can't stay close enough to Ozbilen

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at Ozbilen is the one that will, we

here for the win. Not the person who

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you would have expected. His

preparation for this was Istanbul

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marathon. That was one of his last

races, not the sort of thing that is

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ideal preparation. He has done

superbly well. He has grabbed hold

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of the race in the last lap and made

his move when he needed to. He kept

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the pressure on Mechaal and he has

finally buckled and accepted the

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silver medal. Ozbilen of Turkey.

They retain their title as a nation

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as they have done in recent years.

It is a different name, Ozbilen, the

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champion for 2017. Mechaal jogging

across the line. He takes the silver

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medal for Spain.

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Waldo and Andy Butchart, taking the

bronze medal.

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Waldo and Andy Butchart, taking the

bronze medal. -- well done Andy

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Butchart. Ben Connor is the next to

cross the line, good performance in

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six of the Great Britain. The

defending champion after the fall, a

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little bit of applause, and maybe

for himself. Just crossing the line

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there in seven.

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A brave run from Michelle, and she

nearly pulled it off, and great to

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see Andy Butchart converted into

third. He could have used the summer

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season as an excuse not to turn up.

I am sure he has big focuses this

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year but he has applied himself

today and it's a tremendous response

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from him.

They all start piling

across the line.

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We are looking for the next British

contender, Tom Lancashire. Third

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across the line the Great Britain.

-- for Great Britain. A fine win in

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the end from Ozbilen. A good run

from Ben Connor as well as Andy

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Butchart to finish in the top ten.

Ingebrigsten in 11th as we go

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further down. Tom Lancashire, the

third British runner. A gold medal

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for Turkey. Great Britain and

Northern Ireland are secure in third

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with 35 points and take the bronze

medal.

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Ozbilen came back and showed us how

it was done, but I kept my plan well

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and I'm happy just to get that

place. I've been out for the past

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month, but this is still my base

phase before the Commonwealth games

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and I'm not in the right shape yet

and I'm peaking at a later date and

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I have room for improvement.

Let's

pick out into few names as we go

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through the start list here.

Goretzka, great to see her leading a

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strong team. That is a very good

Turkish team which will do well, and

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Bobocel from Romania. Mc Cormack

setting a record four appearances in

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the female event, and she will be

hoping she can wind the clock back.

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The senior women are poised and at

the ready.

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The British girls look ready for

some fun.

On your marks.

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The senior women get underway and an

intriguing race in prospect. The

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defending champion from Turkey, and

the former Kenyon, who was dominant

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last year. Will she try and do the

same here going from the start or

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will some of the other contenders

and the British contingent, led by

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Gorecka, and Gemma Steel and Steph

Twell, a lot of experience, and

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backup from lots of other talent. An

intriguing racing prospect. One

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small lap of 450 metres then they

head onto the big lap the five times

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and that will complete all of this

hard, fast running on this course,

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which was and I wouldn't say it was

a great con -- cross-country test

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but it is the traditional winter

test and it is cold with the wind

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blowing hard but there are some

obstacles for them to negotiate but

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nothing to difficult and nothing to

break up the rhythm. It is the terms

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that do that. Lily Partridge up

there for Great Britain, but they

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have already settled down as they

make their way around this first

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small lap. Come on, Hannah, what

would you do today? If they go off

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hard, do they go with her or let her

go or do they think she is in not

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sure which form and this is the year

to maybe not Challenger?

I would say

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you have to give it a go and go with

her. Which is easy for me to say sat

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here. She had a great world

championship and she has been mixing

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it with all sorts of athletes on the

track season outdoor and I think she

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has to have the confidence to go for

it. The last couple of years we have

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seen the likes of Bobocel from

Romania, and Gemma Steel, and these

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guys, maybe take it to the Turkish

girls. They have nothing to lose.

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I'm not saying they were handing it

to them, and it's hard work to run

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with the leader, but it's worth

taking a risk and seeing what

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happens because sometimes the

Turkish athlete can be unpredictable

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and you never know what will happen.

. So, the early stages, and there

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are five women already pulling clear

of the pack another one there who

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had a good progression on the track

as well, the tall, Swiss athlete.

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The pressure is on Jan to take it on

to her. I'm sure they have been

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going on the all-weather training

and they will have run this scenario

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over and over in their head. The

nerves might dissipate because it is

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familiar. This is what they were

preparing for and what they were

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ready for.

The defending champion

with a big lead. Just extending the

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lead, but the battle for the lead is

impressive. A great race by the

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Romanians. The chase is on.

Charlotte Taylor having a fabulous

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run. Steph Twell not far behind

either. Still chances for the

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British athletes. And they are doing

very well. Charlotte Taylor having a

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cracking run ahead of Steph Twell

and Gorecka, who won the British

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trials but on completely different

ground. That is what cross-country

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doors. It is horses for courses will

stop there she is, and making good

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progress. Still time here, but

Charlotte Taylor is moving well.

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This is the battle for silver and

bronze. And you just wonder that if

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Grovdal breaks, if she could get

away. But she is working really hard

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to get onto well -- onto her. Bahta

is the better exponent on the track

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at 5000 metres. And there is

Charlotte Taylor now. It looks like

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a big gap and these two are working

well together. Grovdal is pushing on

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and Bahta is pushing on as they take

the bell. The leader, Can has one

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more lap to complete. She is clear

in the lead was last year. Maybe not

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quite as dominant as last year and

her teammate is nowhere to be seen.

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And it is Grovdal, the

bronze-medallist from last year, who

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is contending second with Bahta, and

then a bit of a gap to Charlotte

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Taylor. Charlotte is having a great

race, trying to push on in fourth

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place. Schlumpf is ahead of the next

group of athletes. Steph Twell is

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into the last lap as well. So, the

leader comes to take this tricky

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water jump the last time. The ice

bath as we now call it. A little

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downhill section meaning they can

take off or miss it out completely,

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which you might want to one a day

like this when it is covered in ice.

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Here is the battle for second place.

Bahta and Grovdal locked together.

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You might have thought Bahta would

want to sit and wait. Not the

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quickest on the track but she has

good speed. Grovdal is no slouch.

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Neither of them with total

confidence in the finishing kick

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which is why they look as though

they may be to break the pace.

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Grovdal was the leader, but Bahta

finds herself a metre ahead of her

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teammate. Those two are ten seconds

ahead of Charlotte Taylor of Great

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Britain in fourth.

It's a great

battle between second and third,

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going hammer and tongs. It is great

to see people throwing moves at each

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other and trying to see who has got

the most and it will be a great

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finish for those two.

Into the

closing stages for Can of Turkey.

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She has got great pedigree in terms

of European racing now. She is the

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European 10,000 metres champion on

the track from Amsterdam in 2015.

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She will be the first person to

defend the title from Fionnuala

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McCormack. Here is the battle for

second and third. Bahta and Grovdal,

0:24:360:24:44

long way behind Can, who has just

the last turn to make an alternative

0:24:440:24:50

home straight and repeat the feat of

last year. No surprise that she

0:24:500:24:58

comes home to take the title. She

was the prerace favourite. Not sure

0:24:580:25:03

it was as dominant performance as

last year but whenever you win any

0:25:030:25:06

title by this sort of distance

you've done pretty well. So Can of

0:25:060:25:13

Turkey takes the medal and repeat of

last year. Defends her title in fine

0:25:130:25:18

style. All smiles and she will be

delighted with that. A bit of a hard

0:25:180:25:22

run out there today. A great battle

for the silver medal, and Grovdal

0:25:220:25:29

just finishes ahead of Grovdal.

Sweden ahead of Norway will stop and

0:25:290:25:34

it might well be a scrap for fourth

place. With Charlotte Taylor trying

0:25:340:25:39

to hold of Barca, and there is

Schlumpf, and it looks like it will

0:25:390:25:44

be Barca of Romania coming in. That

was a very good finish with

0:25:440:25:52

Charlotte Taylor coming in behind

the German in sixth place. And

0:25:520:25:58

Schlumpf in sevens. Just waiting for

the other British athletes to cross

0:25:580:26:04

the line. Emilia Gorecka and Steph

Twell. Great Britain with those

0:26:040:26:10

three finishing together they do not

need the four counters, so Gemma

0:26:100:26:14

Steel will be the third counter, not

Steph Twell but all four of them the

0:26:140:26:18

top ten. The gold medal goes to Can

from Turkey. A good performance from

0:26:180:26:27

the British team with Charlotte

Taylor excellent in sixth. Eight,

0:26:270:26:31

ninth and tenth. There is the

British team. Led by Charlotte

0:26:310:26:37

Taylor. And a great performance from

her. Emilia Gorecka and generally

0:26:370:26:44

other counters. Steph Twell not far

behind, and again the British women

0:26:440:26:47

coming out on top. 23 points for

Great Britain and Northern Ireland,

0:26:470:26:53

head of Romania, who packed up

really well. Turkey might be

0:26:530:26:56

disappointed with their bronze

medal. 54 points but they do have

0:26:560:27:00

the individual gold-medallist. Some

great performances there and it's

0:27:000:27:05

been a good year for it.

After the

races are won and the medals are

0:27:050:27:11

gained the record is broken and the

punches thrown. After the hard

0:27:110:27:15

yards, the hard games are done, the

Giants conquered and the trophies

0:27:150:27:19

edged for ever. After the legends

have taken their bow there is only

0:27:190:27:25

one thing left to decide. The BBC

sports personality of the year 2017,

0:27:250:27:32

live from Liverpool.

0:27:320:27:34

The distance they are going to

compete over -- over in this under

0:27:390:27:43

23 race is 8230 metres exactly. 85

entrants and 24 different countries

0:27:430:27:51

hoping they can pick up a team

medal. So the British team have

0:27:510:27:58

Daniel Jarvis. And Mahamed Mahamed,

his first attempt in the under 23

0:27:580:28:02

is, and he will be right there.

Chris Olley, Joe Steward -- Joe

0:28:020:28:09

Steward and Jack Rowe. It will be

tough for Great Britain to follow

0:28:090:28:13

Mahamed Mahamed through. That is as

far as the team raises concern. --

0:28:130:28:19

the team race is concerned. Away

they go. One short lap and they will

0:28:190:28:29

head out onto the big lap, five

times around that. The big sprint,

0:28:290:28:34

and it's only 64 people, actually,

80, it was 64 in the women's race.

0:28:340:28:40

No need to get the elbows out too

much although they have started

0:28:400:28:43

quickly. Mahamed Mahamed leading the

charge from Britain on the left of

0:28:430:28:48

the picture and he has got himself

involved nice and early. And it will

0:28:480:28:52

take a while for it to settle down

with one or two of the others who

0:28:520:28:57

were expecting to figure who have

decided not to start quite as

0:28:570:29:00

quickly. They don't really need to.

It's amazing how quickly it settles

0:29:000:29:04

down after the sprint at the

beginning. Sometimes a little

0:29:040:29:07

unnecessary. You have the days of

the world Cross country where they

0:29:070:29:13

do that and they don't slow down and

they just keep going at that pace

0:29:130:29:16

and you have to be careful. But in

this one they will slow down. The

0:29:160:29:20

Swiss runner having his glory moment

at the front, just wondering why

0:29:200:29:27

everybody else is not joining him,

and that may be because you are

0:29:270:29:30

going a bit too quick.

0:29:300:29:35

Going well with Mohamed Mohamed

starting to push on at the front.

0:29:350:29:38

That is a good move to make. You are

getting into the part of the race

0:29:380:29:43

where you really don't want to have

too many people hanging around.

0:29:430:29:48

Crippa us is thinking the same

thing. France packing very well

0:29:480:29:53

indeed. Chaplin only having a bit of

a struggle. Crippa won't see his

0:29:530:30:01

team-mate but he might see that this

burst is having an effect. Mayo is

0:30:010:30:05

thinking that he needs to cover

this. He is one of the main rivals.

0:30:050:30:14

Plenty of running left in this. An

early bid from Crippa but decisive.

0:30:140:30:19

He looks good. Look at the pressure

he has put on the other guys, they

0:30:190:30:22

do not look as good as Crippa in the

front. Maybe he has a poker face,

0:30:220:30:26

maybe he is working harder than it

looks. They are coming back to him.

0:30:260:30:31

Two laps to go?

It is not short.

This is a long bid for home. He

0:30:310:30:36

looks confident. He has the

experience. I don't see Mayo giving

0:30:360:30:40

up easily but he looks like he is

working harder at the moment.

Crippa

0:30:400:30:46

one of the prerace favourites. But

that big effort, was that too early?

0:30:460:30:52

Did he get a bit overexcited? He was

obviously feeling good. But this

0:30:520:30:57

race is far from over. The two

Frenchmen are starting to hunt him

0:30:570:31:01

down. I like Gressier, he is that

typical... Not a great track

0:31:010:31:08

exponent, typical cross-country

runner. Crippa perhaps a bit more

0:31:080:31:14

pedigree. A bit more of a

thoroughbred. He is the European

0:31:140:31:17

under 23 5,000-metre champion. He

knows what it is like to win a title

0:31:170:31:20

in this age group. On the track it

isn't different matter. He will have

0:31:200:31:25

pace but I'm not sure how much pace

Gressier has. You might want to try

0:31:250:31:28

to get ahead of the Italian before

the closing stages. -- he might

0:31:280:31:32

want. What about the other

Frenchmen, Hugo Hay? He is just

0:31:320:31:37

hovering, not doing anything, not

getting involved in this title. He

0:31:370:31:40

made a big effort to get onto the

two of them. It looks as though he

0:31:400:31:44

is having to work a bit more to hang

onto them. Closing stages, three men

0:31:440:31:48

in contention.

Hay just drifted up

very nicely past those guys. Perhaps

0:31:480:31:53

going through a bad patch but

capitalised on that momentum going

0:31:530:31:57

through the field. He needs to hold

onto these guys.

Jimmy Gressier is

0:31:570:32:02

making a big bid. Still got a bit of

work to do. Gressier is sprinting

0:32:020:32:07

for home. Still got another turn to

make. Into the home straight. It

0:32:070:32:11

looks as though he has got this one.

No challenge coming from his

0:32:110:32:15

team-mate Hay and Crippa has given

this one up completely. He went too

0:32:150:32:19

early. The Frenchman will finish out

on top, what a shock. Gressier

0:32:190:32:25

finally wins a medal at the European

Cross country Championships. The

0:32:250:32:29

under 23 champion. Look at his

team-mate, Hugo Hay. He is jubilant

0:32:290:32:34

in second place. France with three

in the top four, Crippa just hung on

0:32:340:32:41

for the bronze medal. But it will be

France who get double gold.

0:32:410:32:45

Individually and in the team race.

What a performance from Jimmy

0:32:450:32:49

Gressier. Covered the first move by

Mayo and then covered the move by

0:32:490:32:56

Crippa. He had enough strength to

push on in the closing stages.

0:32:560:33:02

Congratulations, twice forth in the

junior ranks but is now champion.

0:33:020:33:07

Gressier taking the gold by just two

seconds from his team-mate Hay.

0:33:070:33:12

Perhaps Crippa disappointed to win

the -- win the bronze medal. Faded

0:33:120:33:18

on the last lap, Mahamed Mahamed.

0:33:180:33:21

The third British counter. Good news

for Great Britain. They just managed

0:33:220:33:28

to sneak a head of Spain to take the

bronze medal.

0:33:280:33:32

France, just seven points. Great

performance from them to take the

0:33:340:33:38

gold. The British under 23 men will

be delighted they have got on the

0:33:380:33:41

roster with a bronze medal.

0:33:410:33:45

Let's enjoy the under 23. This will

be a great spectacle. As you said,

0:33:480:33:57

you will be interested to see how

the rest of the British contingent

0:33:570:34:00

do.

Amy Griffiths, gesture and

Phoebe Law have won 18 gold medal as

0:34:000:34:08

juniors in 2014. They're getting

another chance to get together as a

0:34:080:34:14

team to get another medal. Hopefully

they can do that today.

How many

0:34:140:34:21

officials does it take to start a

race? There is a three, one to hold

0:34:210:34:26

the clipboard, one to hold the gun

and one to hold the loudspeaker. The

0:34:260:34:31

loudspeaker has been duly held, good

job, mate. Away we go. In the

0:34:310:34:39

women's under 23 race. A real front

running bonanza we could see here.

0:34:390:34:46

It would be really interesting. The

likes of Mola, there are others in

0:34:460:34:51

here, a very good Danish athlete. --

the likes of.

0:34:510:34:56

Great Britain very well represented.

The individual medal in terms of

0:34:580:35:04

Jess we would hope the Germany is

the favourite. To take the team gold

0:35:040:35:11

medal. Great Britain won't want to

be too far away. Only three to

0:35:110:35:14

count. We are an favour of the

German quartet. If they were to

0:35:140:35:19

falter, Britain will be hoping they

can steal it. Certainly 18 medal up

0:35:190:35:24

for grabs. Four laps, six

kilometres. Jessica Judd. Amy

0:35:240:35:31

Griffiths you can just see.

0:35:310:35:36

Neale also right up there. This is

the first interesting thing. I was

0:35:390:35:46

wondering whether Klosterhalfen,

having had her fingers burned by

0:35:460:35:49

Reh, at their Championships might

think I will do something different.

0:35:490:35:52

But it is very hard to get a leopard

to change their spots. Klosterhalfen

0:35:520:35:56

already to the fore. And Reh

thinking this is a bit early, but I

0:35:560:36:02

know I need to keep my eye on you

and gesture at the same. At the

0:36:020:36:06

moment Klosterhalfen started

brilliant, she is a massive talent.

0:36:060:36:10

She has had a phenomenal couple of

years. The times that she is

0:36:100:36:14

producing at such a young age on the

track is incredible. But it is about

0:36:140:36:20

that expectation. That despite her

young age, people will say, she has

0:36:200:36:23

got to contest for medals.

Absolutely. With the times. At least

0:36:230:36:29

she is halfway there. She has got

the times. It is about honing the

0:36:290:36:34

tactical ability. She is hard as

nails. Time and again she goes off

0:36:340:36:38

the front. Half the impressive times

she has done on her own at the

0:36:380:36:42

front. That is very intimidating and

that is a way to run races, we have

0:36:420:36:45

seen people do that internationally.

Maybe that will have to be had

0:36:450:36:50

tactic because that is her strength.

Jessica Judd clear in third. Trying

0:36:500:36:57

to go with Jess to hang onto that

possible medal. Neale and Griffiths

0:36:570:37:03

packing well behind Jessica Judd. I

would say Great Britain probably

0:37:030:37:07

leading the team standings at this

point.

That is great from Britain.

0:37:070:37:10

We need to keep an eye on this third

German girl to see what she does.

0:37:100:37:14

Fascinating to see this domestic

rivalry playing out on the European

0:37:140:37:17

stage. Jess is eating into that gap

a tiny bit. You could have maybe

0:37:170:37:23

these two will get a bit tactical

and lose sight of the race overall

0:37:230:37:26

and watch each other. That would

give Jess and in. Perhaps they will

0:37:260:37:31

exhaust each other, trying to race

each other and not remember about

0:37:310:37:35

the rest of the field. Jess will put

absolutely everything out there

0:37:350:37:39

today. What a result she gets, it

will be the maximum of her

0:37:390:37:43

potential. And that whatever result.

I would not want to raise her flat

0:37:430:37:46

out on a six K calls, she has every

chance of getting back up to these

0:37:460:37:50

girl that may be giving them a scare

-- six kilometre course.

A really

0:37:500:37:55

good performance from Reh, the

writing was on the wall a bit at the

0:37:550:37:59

German championships when this

happened. A repeat performance.

0:37:590:38:03

Beating her more famous team-mate,

Klosterhalfen, she will be secure in

0:38:030:38:09

second place. Great Britain's Jess

Judd running another strong race.

0:38:090:38:13

Very clear in third. Bronze medal is

hers. A long way ahead of her

0:38:130:38:17

team-mates. It will be a leaner ref

who will take this title, I am

0:38:170:38:21

pretty sure. -- it will be Reh. Lots

of these at the end. Judging pace

0:38:210:38:27

perfectly well well. -- judging her

pace perfectly well.

0:38:270:38:32

Brauer keeping Company with Neale

and she needs to be aware. Moller.

0:38:350:38:38

As they enter the last lap. Position

is becoming settled.

0:38:380:38:43

Deadly group starting to come

through. -- a big group starting.

0:38:450:38:52

Watching these two disappear into

the distance. Reh putting a bit of

0:38:550:38:58

pressure up and opening up the gap.

Jess Judd. A lonely race as Hannah

0:38:580:39:05

was saying, couldn't get in terms

early on. And once these two moved

0:39:050:39:10

away, she was pretty much on her

own. For a while it looked as though

0:39:100:39:14

she could hang on, keep them within

sight, within striking distance but

0:39:140:39:18

not now.

These two have worked

incredibly hard over the last couple

0:39:180:39:21

of laps. Two or three kilometres,

these German girls have pushed each

0:39:210:39:27

other away from Jess, benefited a

lot from having each other's

0:39:270:39:31

company. Curious, for me, it is my

racing style versus Klosterhalfen,

0:39:310:39:36

but she has a fast 800 metres

personal best, surely, sit, take a

0:39:360:39:41

ride. Cooking is changed over eight

country race versus a track race,

0:39:410:39:47

but it is a gut instinct, that push

and that lead. A clash between these

0:39:470:39:52

two with very similar running

styles. It looks like Reh will come

0:39:520:39:56

out on top today.

Klosterhalfen, you

can see that she is trying to raise

0:39:560:40:00

up one last effort. She gets good

times. Partly because she is just so

0:40:000:40:05

strong. It is that change of pace

that she struggles with. I think

0:40:050:40:11

Reh, look, she doesn't have the same

times in terms of personal bests

0:40:110:40:15

that Klosterhalfen does. But in

these one-on-one races like this, as

0:40:150:40:20

we see here, Reh has just got that

bit of power the Klosterhalfen

0:40:200:40:23

doesn't have. She is putting it to

good effect. They have had the race

0:40:230:40:28

between them since the start. It

will be Reh to take the gold medal

0:40:280:40:31

in the women's under 23. Germany one

and two, Klosterhalfen, the former

0:40:310:40:38

junior champion yacht not able to

convert it to a gold medal in the

0:40:380:40:45

under 23, they were one and two in

the same position in the German

0:40:450:40:48

championships. And so it has turned

out in the European. Jessica Judd, a

0:40:480:40:51

long, lonely battle for Jessica Judd

but a good bronze medal for her. Has

0:40:510:40:55

to watch the two Germans run away

from her in the last two kilometres.

0:40:550:41:00

A very tired Jess Judd coming across

the line. It has been a hard days

0:41:000:41:05

work for Jess, hopefully she is OK.

0:41:050:41:08

Great Britain doing really well.

Neale rallying to get ahead of Amy

0:41:090:41:14

Griffiths. That will pretty much

cement them in the gold medal

0:41:140:41:19

position.

0:41:190:41:20

Reh, really dominant performance.

Hard work. There is the smile.

0:41:230:41:28

Congratulations. The hugs for the

British trio.

What a display by

0:41:280:41:33

Britain, once again, at the European

Cross country Championships.

I'm

0:41:330:41:37

really happy with the way I ran it,

couldn't have done any more. I am

0:41:370:41:42

exhausted but really happy.

In terms

of the team race, Great Britain

0:41:420:41:45

confirmed not by much in the end.

0:41:450:41:47

It wasn't good enough to back up the

one that two finish for the Germany

0:41:490:41:54

team. Great Britain, once more

taking the gold in the under 23 and

0:41:540:41:58

Germany, the silver. There is

Premier League football on five

0:41:580:42:02

live.

0:42:020:42:04

An in-depth look at the contenders

for BBC sports personality of the

0:42:060:42:10

year.

0:42:100:42:14

If you are enjoying the racing

today, Chiudinelli and in the New

0:42:160:42:21

Year: -- tune in.

0:42:210:42:25

Over 100 athletes taking part, 26

different countries. A late change,

0:42:310:42:37

Phoebe Barker having come in

overnight. Wallace has had to pull

0:42:370:42:42

out. Harriet Knowles-Jones leads the

team, one of the prerace favourites

0:42:420:42:46

having won a medal at the last

championships. This is last year in

0:42:460:42:51

the race in the under 20s before

moving through to the seniors or the

0:42:510:42:55

under 23 is in future years. She has

won a medal. On the last two

0:42:550:43:00

occasions. Can she turn it to go

this time?

0:43:000:43:04

Just a bit of a gap beginning to

appear. Harriet Knowles-Jones moves

0:43:060:43:13

alongside Lau, this very good Dutch

athlete tucked in behind. Trying to

0:43:130:43:16

stay with them. They are starting to

stretch a little bit. Sclabas

0:43:160:43:22

working hard to stay. Working very

hard, look at her action. I wouldn't

0:43:220:43:27

like to see her on a muddy course,

either. She has plenty of movement

0:43:270:43:31

going on, even on a course like

this. Sitting in fifth place. Along

0:43:310:43:35

with hungry, Toth.

0:43:350:43:40

Hughes. 15th. And 20th.

0:43:420:43:49

To be fair, they will have to keep

moving through. Although I can see

0:43:500:43:54

she is already doing that. This

could be a closer fair this year. We

0:43:540:43:58

do so well in this junior women's

event normally, great history

0:43:580:44:02

individually. As well as the team

race. It would be a surprise if we

0:44:020:44:06

didn't do well in the team race.

They are heading out on the last of

0:44:060:44:12

the big laps. Still just the four of

them.

0:44:120:44:18

Seven second gap and then the others

going through. We are watching for

0:44:200:44:26

the positions, that team race. The

Dutch are doing well. Also in the

0:44:260:44:31

top ten for them. They will be

looking for their third counter. It

0:44:310:44:34

could well be tied in terms of the

team competitions. Britain with such

0:44:340:44:39

a good record in this. They will be

looking for individual glory but

0:44:390:44:43

they will want a team gold medal.

Harriet Knowles-Jones for the first

0:44:430:44:47

time trying to break up this group

and take this. She is having to work

0:44:470:44:52

hard, to break it up. The two

medallists from the European

0:44:520:44:56

5,000-metre championships last

summer chasing her. For the first

0:44:560:44:58

time a real gap appearing. Great

Britain are leading. Last lap in

0:44:580:45:04

terms of the team race. The

Netherlands not able to find a third

0:45:040:45:08

counter, they are in sixth place. A

reasonable amount of breathing space

0:45:080:45:11

for the British team. Working hard

but needs to keep going on this last

0:45:110:45:17

lap, positions can change quite

significantly. But the good news is

0:45:170:45:21

at the front, Harriet Knowles-Jones

with a five, six-metre lead that is

0:45:210:45:25

growing all of the time. There is no

response from those behind. She has

0:45:250:45:30

only got about maybe a little over

800 metres running left.

0:45:300:45:37

They turn into the finishing

straight. That is where you see the

0:45:370:45:41

gantry ahead and Juno -- and you

know that you have done everything

0:45:410:45:46

you need to do and that is a

significant victory for Harriet

0:45:460:45:50

Knowles-Jones. Surprise me that she

has got ahead of both of the two

0:45:500:45:58

track specialists. So Harriet

Knowles-Jones with a lot of British

0:45:580:46:00

support, even though we're out in

Slovakia. Plenty of people make an

0:46:000:46:06

app -- annual pilgrimage to these

championships partly because Britain

0:46:060:46:10

gets so much success. The under 20

women's race won by Harriet

0:46:100:46:15

Knowles-Jones. The first time she

can call herself the European

0:46:150:46:17

cross-country championship --

champion. Well done to Harriet

0:46:170:46:23

Knowles-Jones. In a tight sprinter

get the silver medal, and she has

0:46:230:46:29

been rewarded with a silver for Can

for Hungary. And we will watch for

0:46:290:46:39

the next British athletes -- Toth

from Hungary. It will probably be

0:46:390:46:45

Karl Cook -- Cari Hughes. Mhlanga

then. Three counters, and that is

0:46:450:46:52

enough, so we can pretty much

confirmed that Harriet Knowles-Jones

0:46:520:46:55

is the individual gold-medallist and

Great Britain will win the team race

0:46:550:46:59

as well. A gold for Harriet

Knowles-Jones, the European

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cross-country champion. The third

time of asking. Three individual

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medals in her three years in the

junior ranks. Toth with a good

0:47:090:47:15

silver medal ahead of the German.

And all of the British team packing

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in well with four in the top 12.

Confirming their position as

0:47:200:47:25

champions again in the under 20s.

Confirmation of the team race with

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Great Britain winning comfortably

with a good silver for Italy and

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Spain finishing ahead of the

Netherlands who could not quite find

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a good third counter to get

themselves amongst the medals. So

0:47:410:47:44

once again Great Britain, and not

the first time we have taken both

0:47:440:47:53

medals.

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I knew it was my last junior

international so I knew I wanted

0:47:550:47:59

that win and I'm so pleased. I did

not know how far I came in I just

0:47:590:48:04

went straight for it and I don't

know where the rest of them came in.

0:48:040:48:07

I am so chuffed. Second and third

two Reeva tape and to have the

0:48:070:48:13

national anthem played, that is so

exciting -- to break the tape.

0:48:130:48:16

A very special moment for one of our

top junior athletes finishing her

0:48:190:48:24

junior career on a high. The highest

position she can attain, winning a

0:48:240:48:29

gold medal for Britain and Northern

Ireland.

0:48:290:48:40

ANTHEM PLAYS.

0:48:420:48:44

So the men will be next, the under

20 men. And probably one of the big

0:49:120:49:16

names in the sport, in Europe,

anyway, to look out for, the

0:49:160:49:23

defending champion, Jacobin

Ingebrigsten, from a famous

0:49:230:49:26

Ingebrigsten family from Norway.

They have four laps, six K. Jake

0:49:260:49:37

Heyward had a great run there.

Richardson. And Matt Willis. So the

0:49:370:49:44

junior men get underway. Six

kilometres. For long laps, and you

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don't have to worry about the short

one. A big sprint. Some people think

0:49:520:50:04

that he might have a chance of

picking up a medal here, Rusu.

0:50:040:50:10

that he might have a chance of

picking up a medal here, Rusu. Will

0:50:100:50:11

be interesting to see the tactics

from Ingebrigsten. You do not have

0:50:110:50:17

do absolutely sprint and you can see

that they are settling down a little

0:50:170:50:20

bit already. Ingebrigsten just

waiting and waiting as we see the

0:50:200:50:26

rest of the field are starting to

struggle to stay with them. Gonzalez

0:50:260:50:31

of Spain are joining the top group.

He is the one trying to hang onto

0:50:310:50:35

them. Ben Dijkstra is struggling a

little. Suddenly the pace has picked

0:50:350:50:45

up, and that big group is completely

blown apart, so it is down to just

0:50:450:50:50

five at the moment. Ingebrigsten is

the defending champion. It is the

0:50:500:50:54

two Frenchmen who are setting the

pace. Barbarossa of Turkey there.

0:50:540:51:02

Gonzalez working hard there.

This is

crunch time. Five people for three

0:51:020:51:05

medals. He will be giving it

everything at this stage. And it is

0:51:050:51:11

great to see the Spanish guys have

stuck together. And they would have

0:51:110:51:15

been hoping to start at this rate.

So it is Matthew Willis as the first

0:51:150:51:22

British counter and it's a great run

if he manages that. Hopefully Ben

0:51:220:51:27

can be inspired by having him in

front to make an start to work

0:51:270:51:30

together. And the Turkish guy is

going for it. Must be getting near

0:51:300:51:34

to the finish because that is an

aggressive move.

A little bit early

0:51:340:51:37

for me. He is probably thinking it

is smart because he went outkicked

0:51:370:51:42

them. He still has a long run here.

Still another turn to make then into

0:51:420:51:49

the home straight. He is the Balkan

cross-country champion but

0:51:490:51:56

Ingebrigsten still looks pretty

calm. And Gilavert has gone into the

0:51:560:52:03

bronze position. They are the last

turn. Ingebrigsten has surely got

0:52:030:52:07

enough here, the defending champion.

He eases his weight and Barbaros has

0:52:070:52:14

done enough to take the silver. But

it is a Ingebrigsten of Norway who

0:52:140:52:22

defends the title successfully with

a big sprint finish. Barbaros with

0:52:220:52:28

the silver and Gilavert taking the

bronze ahead of his teammate. And

0:52:280:52:35

just crossing the line and Ben

Dijkstra is behind. And it will be

0:52:350:52:40

an anxious wait for the British

contingent to see if that is going

0:52:400:52:46

to be good enough to win a team

medal for them. And I thought that,

0:52:460:52:51

it looked pretty comfortable for

Ingebrigsten but may be harder work

0:52:510:52:55

than he expected. He had to wait and

wait and Barbaros, just a second

0:52:550:53:02

maybe gave him some doubts but he

looked comfortable when he eased

0:53:020:53:06

past.

It is hard work when you are

having everything to you --

0:53:060:53:11

everything to lose and the pressure

is on you. Anything other than a win

0:53:110:53:16

would be an upset, but those guys

did take it to him and I'm sure it

0:53:160:53:19

wasn't easy.

In terms of the British

team, Matt Willis, 14th and Ben

0:53:190:53:26

Dijkstra was 17. Spain have

definitely won the team race.

0:53:260:53:30

The gold medal goes to Ingebrigsten,

defending his title, which he won

0:53:330:53:37

easily last year. A bit moral battle

this year. Barbaros just to seconds

0:53:370:53:43

behind. Matt Willis was the first of

the British athletes in 14th head of

0:53:430:53:48

Ben Dijkstra, who faded when the

pace got going. The third counter

0:53:480:53:52

was Will Richardson in 25th. Scott

Beattie just behind him. And Jake

0:53:520:53:57

Heyward in 30th.

0:53:570:53:59

Those are the results of the team

race and the last lap put paid to

0:54:020:54:06

the British chances as they finished

in sixth. Spain take the gold medal

0:54:060:54:09

ahead of France and it was pretty

tight. Turkey coming through and

0:54:090:54:18

there is written in sixth place. The

Mixed Relay is about to get

0:54:180:54:26

underway. 11 teams.

On your marks.

The first-ever mixed relay at the

0:54:260:54:35

European cross-country

championships. Teams of four with

0:54:350:54:37

women going first then they

alternate. Lilly Courtney going on

0:54:370:54:40

the leg for Britain.

Roughly 1500

metres on each leg. Charlie Grice

0:54:400:54:47

was meant to be in the team but he

had to pull out in the week and Tom

0:54:470:54:53

Marshall stepped in, so it will be

Sarah McDonald with Tom Marshall and

0:54:530:54:58

Cameron Boyek may have every chance

of winning the race. Strong teams

0:54:580:55:02

from the Czech Republic in

particular, and Germany will hope to

0:55:020:55:05

go well and Turkey am sure. Millie

Courtney deciding she will not hang

0:55:050:55:11

around. And given the shape she was

in all of this year and she still is

0:55:110:55:15

at the moment that is the right

thing to do.

This is a great run

0:55:150:55:19

from Millie. Great strength. This

sort of hard effort will suit and

0:55:190:55:24

you might as well put the pain the

others. They are thinking, really,

0:55:240:55:28

you want to go that hard? She would

be ale to hold it into the finish

0:55:280:55:33

with that strength.

Millie Courtney

is trying to hang on as Spain take

0:55:330:55:39

the initiative. Parreira of Spain

doing a good job as they come

0:55:390:55:46

towards the end of the first lap and

head towards the changeover. Millie

0:55:460:55:51

Courtney is trying to hang on and

keep Britain in the race. They want

0:55:510:55:55

to win the gold, never mind a medal.

These three teams have pulled clear

0:55:550:55:59

on the first lap and the clock is

ticking towards five minutes. They

0:55:590:56:03

have an extra bit to run from the

start line. That 1500 metre best for

0:56:030:56:18

Vrzlova means she's doing a good job

for her team. Courtney is doing well

0:56:180:56:22

and she cannot get to root --

detach. We thought the Czech

0:56:220:56:25

Republic would be going well. It

might be Holusa on the next leg and

0:56:250:56:38

then want next. -- Sasinek next.

Hopefully they can latch on and it's

0:56:380:56:46

a really strong run from the Czech

Republic to open up the gap.

At the

0:56:460:56:52

front, Germany I had a bit, then

Czech Republic, Spain and Great

0:56:520:56:55

Britain. You would have been

surprised if we said this is how it

0:56:550:56:59

would going to end up at the start.

The Czech Republic with a strong

0:56:590:57:04

team they have a lucid come the last

leg. Cameron Boyek has had a good

0:57:040:57:12

season so far, indoors as well. He

needs to be a bit patient. He's got

0:57:120:57:20

back involved, and he needs to get

settled and if he feels good in the

0:57:200:57:24

last couple of hundred metres maybe

push on.

This is an important leg

0:57:240:57:31

for the Czech team. Perhaps their

weakest member of the team but it's

0:57:310:57:35

put the minute great position to the

starting leg. And you wonder. Did he

0:57:350:57:39

relax and let the others were card?

Why not use that first 400 save your

0:57:390:57:45

legs and then you can run hard for

the last three quarters. And we have

0:57:450:57:50

a good race in this leg.

The good

news is a gap is appearing to Spain,

0:57:500:57:59

so the great British and Czech

Republic, we thought they were the

0:57:590:58:04

best teams on paper and Cameron

Boyek is doing a good job of putting

0:58:040:58:09

Sasinek under pressure. You can see

him grabbing for the wristband that

0:58:090:58:13

they need to hangover. -- handover.

It will be Sarah McDonald now

0:58:130:58:18

running for Great Britain, and she

has company with the Czech Republic,

0:58:180:58:24

then a small gap to Spain. Well done

to the two of them with both of them

0:58:240:58:30

pleased with their run.

A fabulous

run from Cameron. Times is ever

0:58:300:58:35

perfectly. He put Sarah in such a

great position for this third leg --

0:58:350:58:40

he times it perfectly.

Sarah doing

as best she can to try and put as

0:58:400:58:47

much distance between herself and

the others, but Mackie is rallying.

0:58:470:58:57

Sarah has to finish this well.

You

have got to get going because Holusa

0:58:570:59:04

has a deadly finish and you want to

make him work as hard as possible.

0:59:040:59:08

If you leave it, he will be right on

it. What a tremendous effort.

Sarah

0:59:080:59:20

McDonald getting the wristband

ready, trying to hand it to

0:59:200:59:23

McDonald, who had to step in for

Charlie Grice. Great Britain in the

0:59:230:59:28

lead. Holusa takes off in hot

pursuit. Very dangerous in the

0:59:280:59:42

latter stages. It will be

interesting to see the shape he is

0:59:420:59:45

in because he has not raced since

the summer and that is a significant

0:59:450:59:50

gap and Tom Marshall has done the

right thing. You have to get out

0:59:500:59:54

there and increase the gap if you

can and try to get Holusa worrying

0:59:540:59:59

about second place, not thinking

about first. It is a judgement. You

0:59:591:00:04

have to put the others under

pressure.

It is almost breaking him

1:00:041:00:10

mentally. If you are in the shoes of

Holusa, you think it is a big gap

1:00:101:00:14

and you want them to spend as much

as possible not even believing it is

1:00:141:00:18

possible. They have to be doubting

themselves. Is that a gap I can even

1:00:181:00:23

dream of closing?

There is going to

be a big sprint finish, so Tom needs

1:00:231:00:30

to be aware of that, even in a short

race, you can make up quite a big

1:00:301:00:34

deficit and I promise you that

Holusa has not even started. He is

1:00:341:00:40

sitting and waiting. The Spaniard is

pushing things on. He has one more

1:00:401:00:44

look behind and it's the last

hundred and 50 metres. It looks as

1:00:441:00:54

though Great Britain are heading for

a gold medal, and let off by Melissa

1:00:541:00:59

Courtney. Cameron Boyek with a good

performance in the second leg and

1:00:591:01:05

then Sarah McDonald gave them the

lead. He finishes like a train, as

1:01:051:01:17

we expect takes the silver for the

Czech but it's great -- gold for

1:01:171:01:21

Great Britain and the celebrations

begin. They are the first ever Mixed

1:01:211:01:25

Relay cross-country champions of

Europe.

A fantastic run from Tom

1:01:251:01:31

Marshall. He had to be nervous

stepping into the shoes Charlie

1:01:311:01:34

Grice is very accomplished and he

has acquitted himself really well.

1:01:341:01:38

They all have and I guess, Mixed

Relay, that should happen every

1:01:381:01:43

year. Just because we are going to

do fabulous at it.

The final result,

1:01:431:01:49

and the winning time is 18. 24.

Holusa almost catching Tom Marshall

1:01:491:01:58

but all the hard work had been done

before that.

The gold-medallists and

1:01:581:02:03

European Championships in the Mixed

Relay, Great Britain and Northern

1:02:031:02:06

Ireland?

A very happy British

quartet on top of the rostrum for

1:02:061:02:13

the Mixed Relay. Cameron Boyek and

Tom Marshall ran very well but they

1:02:131:02:16

were set up nicely by Sarah McDonald

and Millie Courtney. Two Welsh

1:02:161:02:21

members and two from the north-east

of England. A perfect Great Britain

1:02:211:02:26

and Northern Ireland team. And for

most people I think they will have

1:02:261:02:28

enjoyed watching that, a good

addition to the European Cross

1:02:281:02:32

country Championships, certainly

from a British perspective because

1:02:321:02:36

it's another gold medal for us.

These championships are always

1:02:361:02:39

hugely successful for the British

team and 2017 was no different.

1:02:391:02:45

Individually, the standout

performance was from Harriet

1:02:451:02:46

Knowles-Jones, rounding off her

junior career with a coveted gold

1:02:461:02:51

medal. Jessica Judd and Andy

Butchart continued their excellent

1:02:511:02:55

seasons. Team gold in the event is

testament to the dominance in Europe

1:02:551:02:58

and bronze for the senior men and

under 23 is with good solid

1:02:581:03:02

performances with the only slight

negative being the injury to Gary

1:03:021:03:06

Griffiths. -- Griffiths. Hopefully

he remains on track for the

1:03:061:03:12

Commonwealth Games next year. The

new Mixed Relay provided GB with

1:03:121:03:16

another gold medal and no doubt we

will welcome the additional event in

1:03:161:03:21

future years. That brings another

great year of athletics to a

1:03:211:03:24

clothes. Don't worry, plenty more to

look forward to in 2018, including

1:03:241:03:29

all of this. Goodbye.

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The best of the action from the 2017 European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia. Great Britain finished second in the overall standings at 2016's event, winning men's team gold and individual bronze for Callum Hawkins.


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