2018 Great Edinburgh International Cross Country


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Gabby Logan presents live coverage from Holyrood Park as teams from Great Britain, Europe and the USA go head to head in senior and junior races.


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It's the purist form of racing, it's

about the mud, the snow, in the

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hills, the surges, the speed of the

start. 30 years of passion. 30 years

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of glory. 30 years of competition.

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All great champions. Now with the

great winter run, the masses get if

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you'll be experienced and share in

the emotions of the event. 30 years

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of cross-country.

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Welcome to Edinburgh for the 30th

International cross-country event

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and it is here in Edinburgh that the

race has been run in the last few

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years and what a place to celebrate,

the 30th, the landmark birthday, the

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crowds come out and enjoy the elite

athletes and the mass participation

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events. Nestled just underneath

Arthur's seat in this glorious

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capital city that today has welcomed

the sun. Not as cold as it's been in

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recent years, certainly a couple of

years ago when it was shrouded in

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snow and rain but very good

conditions, drizzle overnight means

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it will perhaps be a bit muddy

underfoot but most of the runners

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quite enjoyed out. As Paul alluded

to, this is an inclusive event. For

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anyone and everyone and the races

start early this morning with people

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running in all kinds of abilities,

so who better to go out there and

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check the runners and riders than

Jake Chalmers.

The great Edinburgh

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winter run. 3500 people will make up

the masses that take root the iconic

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Arthur's seat. Five kilometres and

it is for anyone and everyone. Some

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people will do to stay fit and have

fun, some doing it for reasons much

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closer to their hearts.

It's a

massive challenge me, I'm not the

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kind of person who wakes up in the

morning and things I want to go for

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a run. Gets home from work and

things let's put on the trainers.

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I'm not a runner, I'm not in any way

athletics.

The run in Edinburgh, it

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will be quite emotional. Been

through chemotherapy, surgery,

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beating cancer, so you know what,

get up that hill and get on with it!

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We will hear more from those

inspirational women later on but

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first of all, we were down at the

start of the masses race and joined

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up with the group of runners from

South Edinburgh.

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South Edinburgh.

Who are these guys.

We're an athletics club in the

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Scottish Borders, teach from

five-year-old is right up to

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65-year-olds. Running, javelin, high

jump, long jump, you name it, we

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cultured.

Today you are taking on

the five care but training for

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something much bigger. John O'Groats

to lands end, how's it going?

In

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July this year, we're doing a

challenge for you on nonstop from

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John O'Groats to lands end, over 900

miles in 12 days. 80 miles per day,

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so this is part of the training for

that event, a bit of a challenge but

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looking forward to it.

Are you doing

that as a bit of a relay?

Yes, one

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runner at a time and do eight miles

each day and work your way down the

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country and hopefully completed in

12 days.

12 days. He was training

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for that and for today been going?

It's going well, we train twice a

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week. With the club and do a Sunday

run which we are upping the miles to

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try to get ready for running 80

miles in a week.

Best of luck for

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you today and we can't wait to see

how you get on today but I can't

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wait to find out how you get on in

the massive challenge later in the

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year.

Let's just remind you how the

whole event works in terms of points

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for the elite athletes because there

are quite a few different races that

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contribute to the overall total. The

International challenge. This is

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made up of the following.

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International challenge. This is

made up of the following.

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Clement USA, Europe and Great

Britain in that one.

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That total has been very tight in

recent years. The team at a lower

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score winning and

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recent years. The team at a lower

score winning and the points really

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do matter because it's come down to

the finest

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do matter because it's come down to

the finest margins. Very dramatic

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finishes we had of late and if you

think this is a group of individual

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runners getting together to see how

they are working over the

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cross-country with other races in

mind, it's about a lot more than

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that, victory which really does

matter to these guys and Chris

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Berry, the USA captain has sent the

first shot across the bows.

-- Chris

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Berry. Really excited to come back

to Scotland and race. One of the

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best places to race. Whenever I'm

there I hear that Americans don't

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know anything about true

cross-country. Did you know that a

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US man has won the last five

editions and bringing three of those

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guys back for the 20 18th edition

and they expect we will show once

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again that we know a little

something of running over hills!

The

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USA runners do love coming to the

Scottish capital and they

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USA runners do love coming to the

Scottish capital and they have been

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very strong over the last five years

or so, winning the individual and

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the team events and it women's six

kilometres which goes on, a strong

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field, last year's champion.

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Watch out for these races. Of

course, other events today. One of

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them doesn't contribute towards the

points.

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them doesn't contribute towards the

points. It's the mixed relay, hugely

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popular event. Meadow Park four

runners, two women and two man.

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Laura brought home the battle for

Great Britain with the fastest time

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for the women of the day and to

continue the success of 2016 in

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terms of breaking British record,

the 1500 metre record holder, double

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European indoor champion last year,

had a great showing at the World

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Championships but she's also a

veterinary student and this is the

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final year of her study so she won't

be competing with Scotland in the

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Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast

in April but she wasn't there to

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miss out on coming here and giving

the Scottish crowd something to

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cheer about.

Last year, this race

was a cracking start to the year for

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you, back again issue, you must have

enjoyed it.

I always love racing

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here in Edinburgh, he was a great

atmosphere and I enjoy racing here

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for the last couple of years and

it's great to be back.

The next

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relay idea is catching on.

It seems

to be really popular and the

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athletes enjoy it and we are

encouraged to get behind it and it's

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the sort of a great opportunity for

lots of athletes to get together and

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get a really good team atmosphere.

What do you get out of it in terms

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of your preparations for the year?

It's good to get racing again, this

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time of year before endorsed as

competing, it's Mainz to have a

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lower pressure race and get out

there in the cross-country and get

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out racing and back into the mindset

ahead of the indoors.

Some people

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who maybe don't know an awful lot

about it would say hang on, she won

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in last weekend and I watched you in

Glasgow the first race of the year

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and then the switch to the country

this week. First front of the year

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running 3000. Both the indoor track

and the cross-country I am familiar

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with. Quite easy for me to switch

between the two and that's only one

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kilometre, so not too far.

It really

is looking stunning out here today.

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Perfect backdrop for some great

international athletes looking to

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see how they are exactly out on the

cross-country and Laura Muir will be

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no exception, she is in the Great

Britain team, mixed-race points

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don't count towards the overall

total but it's a fantastic event and

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we headed to our commentary team

which is a mixed team, only fair

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that Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram

the cited tussle over the baton.

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It should be ladies first, but no!

Is good to be the men who go first,

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like in the race. It is becoming a

more regular occurrence, we had a

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first-ever event that the world

cross-country championships and then

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it followed in the European Cross

country championship in which Great

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Britain won the gold medal in

December and you might have watch

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that in our coverage, so this is an

event that happened last year, you

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have Laura talking about is part of

a new trend and Tom Marshall was

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part of that gold medal team. The

only member of that gold medal team

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was here today but he will lead off

Great Britain, strong teams

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everywhere you look. Belgium, on the

far side. A very good young English

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team, juniors, all four of them, we

will go through them as we get

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going. The Scottish team, that's

going to be very interesting.

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Standing there is Jenny Williamson,

I used to run against his dad many

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years ago. Still the Scottish

record-holder for the 1000 metres.

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Jimmy hoping to carry on a good

strong family tradition. Quick start

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and Tom Marshall at the back. Unlike

the relay, we can interject with a

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female voice. It is a fun event but

it means a lot to the athletes, this

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is their domain. Attracting people

in here.

Gets a good, fun event and

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an opportunity for those track

specialists to share in the

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cross-country atmosphere racing on

the surface without having to test

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themselves over the longer distance

and it brings the whole team

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together, a lot of fun and

camaraderie out there and they will

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stay around and cheer on the other

races later on but important for

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them to raise well to kick off even

though the really doesn't count

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towards the team standings to kick

it off straightaway, he has really

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set out with a vengeance. Conditions

are good for the track runners,

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particularly this section can be

madly along there, not too bad at

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all. Little bit sticky in some

parts. He will be able to move

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through this. 1500 metre man but an

under 23 cross-country champion at

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European level, the perfect mix.

One

kilometre. England now, in the shape

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of James, moving to second place,

Tom Marshall back in fourth place

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but just starting to close up little

bit. He started very quickly, the

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stickiest section here and I don't

think there will be much to choose

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between them all at the end of the

first leg and then they will hand

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over to the first two women. Man,

women, man, women. Laura Muir Going

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on the last leg.

Tom Marshall has to

move up a bit more. Tom Marshall

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could do with moving up to close

that gap towards him. Now paying the

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price a little bit for having set

off so fast. It's a strong team, the

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Belgian team. Wants to give them a

good start, handing over to Sophie.

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And then Jerome. A strong team

following him but now we see more of

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the runners. Coming through to

contest an handing over the battle.

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Gomez looking good. Tom Marshall for

Great Britain is struggling and look

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there. Not too much to choose very

front. Belgium leading from Europe

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from Ireland. Great Britain towards

the back. Alex Bell has the baton

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for great Britain but at the front

it is Belgium, with Sophie leading.

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Laura Kraut for Ireland just

settling in. Now Europe pushing on.

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Pereira deciding she will not hang

around. The race really. The gaps

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appearing. Trying to close on these

top three. She doesn't need to do

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that, as to... Stephanie Penicuik

has had a good winter and trying to

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follow Alex Bell.

Alex Bell made up

the ground quickly and goes down the

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Belgian runner. Moving out our

heads, it is Pereira and the whole

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of the European team is the Spanish

team which finished in bronze medal

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position in the European

cross-country Jazz Richards, so they

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are in good shape and used to

working together an jazzing it well

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so far. Alex Bell has moved quickly

through and running strongly at this

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point. She is an 800-metre runner,

so a bit of a step up in distance,

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certainly attest over the terrain

but I guess she has done some

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preparation and cross-country races

to prepare for this.

Alex has been

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concentrating a lot more on her

endurance. Working with Andy

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Henderson in Leeds and she ran very

well in the Liverpool cross-country

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for the senior team, the full event.

Wasn't selected for that gold-medal.

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She was in contention. We had Sarah

McDonald.

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She was in contention. We had Sarah

McDonald. Two legs. Female legs in

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that event. Alex could have gone

there. Look what she has done there.

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Pereira went off way too hard.

Ireland, Great Britain and Europe.

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Laura Kraut looking comfortable but

Alex Bell close the gap quickly.

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Settled in here now and I wonder

whether she can just push on at the

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end and get a couple of seconds gap.

She is looking very strong,

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particularly on the uphill, the best

of those three are she loses a

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little bit. Didn't get that section

right to negotiate the downhill.

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It's tricky because the grass on the

hills is a lot longer than on the

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rest of the course.

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Bit of work on the cornering but

manoeuvring nicely through there.

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Looks very relaxed, very strong and

four on 800-metre runner. Real good

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confidence boost for her this

winter. Going very well for her so

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far. Set her up nicely and running

well. Laura Kraut having to work,

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Pereira trying to get back. Surely

Alex Bell having a bit different.

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She hands over to Adam Clark. Laura

Muir on

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She hands over to Adam Clark. Laura

Muir on The Last Leg.

Periera has

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rallied well here, after a fast

start, the European team,

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effectively the Spanish team may

just have a slim advantage here.

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It's Europe and Ireland and Great

Britain locked together. Only a

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second between the top three teams.

Then there's a gap. So Ruiz takes

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the baton for Europe. Ireland, Kelly

chasing him down. Adam Clark for

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Great Britain. Belgium trying to get

back in here.

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back in here.

He's a 3. 36 1500m

runner. He is capable of making up

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that ground and running well. Adam

Clark also I would say is capable of

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running faster than his 1500m

personal best. Maybe reflects he

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spends a lot of time doing the pace

making, leading out sessions for the

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likes of Mo Farah on training camps.

Recently back from a training stint.

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He is in good shape. Judging it well

as he moves onto the shoulder of

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Kelly and starts to try and make up

ground on Ruiz.

He's looking strong

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the Spaniard. But Clark may have

judged his effort well. He's moved

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nicely into second place.

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nicely into second place. Laura Muir

on The Last Leg. Remember how well

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she ran last year. That 3,000m race

last week setting her up nicely but

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she'll want to come away with a

victory for Britain here. That's a

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couple of seconds for Adam Clark to

Troy and close that -- try and close

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that gap. Ruiz still running strong.

I think the gap is growing. Ruiz is

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working hard. He was pulling away a

bit. Adam Clark starting to close it

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again. He warrants to close it as

much as possible to give -- wants to

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close it as much as possible. So

long as he gives Laura enough of a

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chance to make up that gap and use

the strength that she has. Now Ruiz

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looks over his shoulder and realises

how much ground Adam Clark has made

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up.

Clarke getting cheered on by the

British contingent. They know that

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he can be a really redoubtable

competitor when he wants to be. Now

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he's attacking early here. Ruiz just

responding. These two well clear of

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Belgium in third place, ahead of

Ireland. Clark wants to give Laura

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Muir the advantage. It won't be a

big one. Belgium closing all the

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time. They're finishing quickly. Has

Clark judged this well?

He needs to

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find something else because Belgium

has launched his shoot for the

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finish. He is making up that ground

fast. May even close down on Ruiz.

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Adam Clark needs to stay in contact

as best he can now and get the baton

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to Laura.

Europe lead, Belgium

second, Great Britain third, Laura

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Muir has the baton. She's going to

be chasing the Belgian 800m

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champion. I think there's only one

winner this if you ask me. There's

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only going to be one winner against

Guerro as well, the Spanish athlete

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in front. How long does Laura Muir

want to wait? My guess is not very

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long. Europe had a slim advantage.

Maybe a couple of seconds there, you

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see from the slit times at end of

lap three. Laura's got quickly to

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the front, settled and already just

starting to forge ahead.

Already

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showing her experience on this

ground as well. She moves a little

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bit wider. She's looking for the

better surface. She's looking for

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the ground that's a bit less cut up

and gives her a cleaner run at it.

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Quickly she's moved that the those

two and is forging ahead. She's not

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interested in waiting to sit behind

them and work harder in the second

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half. She's attacking from the

start. She's probably attacking for

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that course record that she already

holds.

Yeah, she ran under three

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minutes round hire last year, which

you know, cross country courses are

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measured, they're not always as

accurate as the track. Assuming it's

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close to a kilometre, which it is,

then that 2. 53 last year was very

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quick. She was chasing for longer

last year. So she's got to the front

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very quickly here. So it may be that

she'll just settle and keep working

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hard, assure herself and her team of

the victory. Look at that, well, to

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be fair, the other two are not in

her class as a track runner, apart

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from anything else. Laura doesn't do

too many cross-countries. She tends

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to run the Scottish relay, which she

ran earlier in the year, one or two

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of the longer races as well. She was

saying in her interview, uses

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indoors and this event to prepare

for what's ahead, world indoor

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championships, not going to the

Commonwealth Games, of course. She's

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still, this is her final year of her

studies, to be a vet. They clash in

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May as she's got plenty of exams and

sadly can't go and compete at the

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Commonwealth Gamesment but the

European championships in the summer

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will be her main target. At the

moment, the Scottish crowd here

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really enjoying seeing their

champion, their superstar, Laura

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Muir stretching her lead, working

hard to bring the baton home for

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Great Britain.

Yeah and she'll be

enjoying this. She loves getting the

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chance to come out and race in front

of the crowds here in Scotland. Just

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to race hard as well at the moment.

She's been working hard on her

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studies, putting in 60-hour weeks in

her work as a veterinary student

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there. To be able to come out and

just run hard and just get back to

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racing is something that she's been

looking forward to for a while.

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She's enjoying this now, stretching

out, really is shifting, going

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through the gears, working hard. A

bit of a tough race last week. She

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went out and was running against

men. She went out hard the first

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kilometre, worked really hard to

hang onto it. Today she's been able

0:20:550:20:58

to enjoy, the adulation of this

crowd, it's a victory for Great

0:20:580:21:03

Britain and for Laura Muir. The

winning time 11. 34 there abouts.

0:21:030:21:07

We'll tide that up. Close for

second. Belgium just beating the

0:21:070:21:11

Spanish team, running for Europe.

Laura quickly gets the blanket

0:21:110:21:15

around her. Ireland come in in

fourth. Scotland I think it is

0:21:150:21:19

coming in fifth place. Once Laura

got the baton there was never really

0:21:190:21:26

any doubt, as long as she was close

enough because she's so much better

0:21:260:21:30

than the athletes she was against

no. Disrespect to them. But Laura is

0:21:300:21:35

in a different class.

0:21:350:21:42

in a different class. Jake Whiteman

running on the third leg. With

0:21:420:21:43

enever got the chance to see Jake.

It was Great Britain, having won the

0:21:430:21:50

our peen championships in December

with a different -- European

0:21:500:21:52

championships in December with a

different team and then coming away

0:21:520:21:55

with the victory. Laura's time 3.

01. Slower than last year but

0:21:550:22:01

probably because she wasn't chasing

alling the way.

0:22:010:22:04

-- chasing all the way.

It's a bit

of an inexact science getting those

0:22:040:22:09

lap times. They don't know if the

course is set out exactly the same

0:22:090:22:12

as the year before. It's more some

personal target for Laura to try and

0:22:120:22:16

aim for the time that she ran last

year. The biggest thing was she got

0:22:160:22:20

a good run out and she looked very

impressive. She maybe laid to rest a

0:22:200:22:26

few demons from last week which were

nagging at her. She felt that she

0:22:260:22:30

tied up in the middle. She hadn't

really. She just went out very hard.

0:22:300:22:34

A great run from Laura Muir. She's

with Gabby now.

0:22:340:22:38

She is. But she's just taking a well

deserved swig of her water there.

0:22:380:22:44

You made it look very, very easy out

there. But tell us how it felt to

0:22:440:22:48

you.

It was quite tough. No, I know

when Adam came round and he was

0:22:480:22:54

close to the fropt, I thought I've

got to work really hard and reach

0:22:540:22:58

her. I got to the front and left a

bit in the front until the very end.

0:22:580:23:02

Put the foot down the last 200 and

came away with the win.

Paula said

0:23:020:23:09

in commentary, 60 hours some weeks

on your studies and making the

0:23:090:23:13

sacrifice of not going to the

Commonwealth Games because it's your

0:23:130:23:15

final year. You've got the world

indoors, you want to be in shape for

0:23:150:23:21

the championships later in the

summer, how difficult has it been to

0:23:210:23:25

work out the plan?

It's been lucky

that the vet school has been so

0:23:250:23:31

supportive. My coach has been by my

side every step of the way. We put

0:23:310:23:37

everything planned for years. It's a

matter of getting it all done this

0:23:370:23:40

year and hopefully winning a medal

the the world indoors. That would be

0:23:400:23:43

great and graduating as a vet and

then hopefully the Europeans as

0:23:430:23:46

well.

What a year that would be. All

that sacrifice in terms of saying no

0:23:460:23:50

Commonwealth Games, but to come out

of this year being a fully qualified

0:23:500:23:53

vet and one of the great middle

distance athletes in the world. It's

0:23:530:23:57

not easy. It sounds it, but it's

not.

No, it's very, very tough. You

0:23:570:24:01

know you've got to have good time

management and just when your

0:24:010:24:05

priorities are running and

veterinary, that's all you do.

0:24:050:24:08

Working with small animals?

Yeah,

working at a hospital just now.

All

0:24:080:24:12

good?

Yeah all going fine.

What's

more challenging?

I don't know, it's

0:24:120:24:18

a bit nervewracking in surgery but

this was tough here today.

Take each

0:24:180:24:22

day as it comes. Thank you so much

Laura, many successes as the season

0:24:220:24:28

goes on. We will see new Glasgow in

a few weeks. Steve can wrap up the

0:24:280:24:32

race for us. It was a good one for

Great Britain.

0:24:320:24:37

No video referees required. It was

fairly straightforward. Great

0:24:370:24:40

Britain winning 11. 33.

0:24:400:24:46

Tom marshal ran 2. 46 and Adam Clark

it. 2. 42.

0:24:490:25:05

So impressive listening to Laura

describing the challenges of her

0:25:050:25:07

week, you know, one of the most

difficult demanding of the medical

0:25:070:25:13

degrees, veterinary studies and a

top international athlete balancing

0:25:130:25:15

everything. A great inspiration and

if you want more inspiration, well

0:25:150:25:19

there were plenty of stories in the

masses races this morning. Here's JJ

0:25:190:25:23

with a few more of them.

The runners will be going off in

0:25:230:25:27

four waves. It's a gruelling uphill

to begin with. What goes up must

0:25:270:25:31

come down and they'll finish with

the wind in their sails.

0:25:310:25:38

Where have you travelled from?

As

you can see, we are part of Aycliffe

0:25:420:25:50

running club in County Durham.

You

were here last year. What do you

0:25:500:25:55

make of the route?

Brilliant. Tough

hill. But great scenery across the

0:25:550:25:58

top.

Do you know what the route is

like?

No idea. Not been before. Most

0:25:580:26:05

of our running is fell running,

which is like on the hills any way.

0:26:050:26:10

There's a few hills in it, it won't

problem me.

It's just a little hill.

0:26:100:26:16

Where have you come from?

The Isle

of Lewis.

Have you taken part in

0:26:160:26:20

this before?

No, I haven't. My son

was selected to run for the north of

0:26:200:26:24

Scotland in the under 13s, so we

decided to come along and give the

0:26:240:26:27

race a go ourselves.

Do you know

anything about the track?

No, it's

0:26:270:26:31

going to be fun. I'll find out on

the way round.

The great winter run

0:26:310:26:37

is the perfect way to begin your

year. For one runner, Vicky, it's

0:26:370:26:42

the beginning of an epic year,

seeing her do a combined 175

0:26:420:26:46

kilometres. Today is the first five.

0:26:460:26:52

In August 2014, my dad was feeling a

bit unwell. It was really unusual

0:26:550:26:59

for my dad to be ill. So he went to

the doctor. They ran some tests and

0:26:590:27:04

then at the beginning of October, he

was diagnosed with myeloma. That's a

0:27:040:27:11

bone marrow cancer. It wasn't

something that we had ever heard of

0:27:110:27:14

before. But within a couple weeks of

the diagnosis, my dad ended up in

0:27:140:27:19

hospital. His vertebrae had begun to

collapse. He had to go to hospital.

0:27:190:27:24

Then he spent weeks flat on his

back. He had to have a back brace

0:27:240:27:28

built for him to be able to sit up

even. The cancer, a type of cancer

0:27:280:27:33

which is classed as remitting

repeating, so at times he'll be in

0:27:330:27:39

remission and you know, we

absolutely find that way, but then

0:27:390:27:43

the cancer can return and he is

still on chemotherapy just now. I

0:27:430:27:46

wanted to do something that was a

challenge to me to raise some

0:27:460:27:51

awareness and also some funds for

pie Liama UK. They've -- myeloma UK.

0:27:510:27:57

They've been amazing support. I

decided to start running because I

0:27:570:28:00

was watching the great Scottish run

with my parents last October. I

0:28:000:28:05

don't think my family could quite

believe that I was doing this. It's

0:28:050:28:09

a massive challenge for me. I'm not

the kind of person who wakes up in

0:28:090:28:12

the morning and thinks - I want to

go for a run today. Or gets home

0:28:120:28:16

from work and thinks - yeah, let's

put the trainers on. I'm not a

0:28:160:28:20

runner. I'm not in any way athletic.

My dad is amazing. The only thing

0:28:200:28:27

that he's ever actually complained

about through this whole

0:28:270:28:30

three-and-a-half years so far is the

fact he used to be 6'2" and now he's

0:28:300:28:36

5'8". I think he's 5'7", because I

am, but I'm giving him the extra

0:28:360:28:42

inch to make him feel a bit better.

When I cross that finish line in

0:28:420:28:45

Edinburgh, I think I'm going to be

pretty elated. The sense of

0:28:450:28:50

achievement, actually getting to the

end of it and completing that,

0:28:500:28:52

particularly as it's the first of my

year of challenges, it's going to be

0:28:520:28:58

pretty thrilling.

0:28:580:29:05

How was that?

It was great. It's

some hill. But a real sense of

0:29:070:29:12

achievement actually getting up that

in the first place. Then when you

0:29:120:29:16

come round the corner and see the

view of Edinburgh, it's beautiful.

0:29:160:29:18

You know it's downhill from there,

it's great.

That's a big hill. A

0:29:180:29:23

challenging 5k and quite a

challenging 5k to start this

0:29:230:29:26

incredible journey.

Yes, this is my

first event. I've never run before

0:29:260:29:29

at all. Yeah, so everything will be

downhill from here, between now and

0:29:290:29:34

the end of September, when I do the

great Scottish run, the last of the

0:29:340:29:38

events I'm doing.

Who is this with

you?

Buddy. So I'm running for

0:29:380:29:44

myeloma UK. Myeloma have these

buddies. I have one of them. He's

0:29:440:29:51

coming with me every kilometre he'll

be there.

How is this as a way to

0:29:510:29:55

start the year?

I think it's good to

start the year with a bit of asense

0:29:550:30:00

of achievement and something like

that. It's a great motivation to

0:30:000:30:03

keep going. I know I can do it now.

I had that anythingling doubt before

0:30:030:30:09

-- niggling doubt, can I do it? But

I can. It's good.

What an

0:30:090:30:12

inspiration. Thank you

0:30:120:30:18

Is well under Vicky, an incredible

year of challenges. If you fancy a

0:30:190:30:25

challenge go to the BBC sports

website and you can find all sorts

0:30:250:30:28

of clubs and activities if you want

to get moving and why not, you can

0:30:280:30:33

be inspired by the elite athletes

and we're turning our attention to

0:30:330:30:36

the races when it comes to points.

The mixed relay points do not count

0:30:360:30:40

but they do from now on and turning

our attention to the junior races

0:30:400:30:43

first. COMMENTATOR: Two Junior

races, the men went off first and a

0:30:430:30:51

real opportunity to get off to a

good start in this team event, USA

0:30:510:30:54

did very well last year and this

event and expected to do equally

0:30:540:30:59

well this year. Settled down with

the European trying to take control.

0:30:590:31:02

We just had the European

cross-country championships before

0:31:020:31:07

Christmas and quite a few athletes

coming out of the junior ranks on

0:31:070:31:11

January one, so some of them not

eligible to compete. The Great

0:31:110:31:19

Britain team, Jayden Hayward,

European junior track champion was

0:31:190:31:22

up there early on but it was his

team-mate Matt Willis who started to

0:31:220:31:27

get involved with the other

Europeans. The two guys running for

0:31:270:31:30

the European team. The Norwegian

kept pushing, he was in the favoured

0:31:300:31:35

beforehand but he kept setting the

pace. The USA, the only one of their

0:31:350:31:40

contingent to stay in contact and

Willis was doing a good job and

0:31:400:31:43

eventually four of them broke away,

four lapse, six kilometres of

0:31:430:31:48

running and once these four got

away, the winner was going to come

0:31:480:31:52

from this group. For a little while

it looked like it could be Matthew

0:31:520:31:56

Willis but all of a sudden with 300

metres to go, up the hill and across

0:31:560:32:00

the last jump across the stream, the

Norwegian who looked very much at

0:32:000:32:04

home in these conditions who had a

real turn of pace at the end. These

0:32:040:32:08

three run against each other and the

European cross-country championships

0:32:080:32:11

and Willis finished ahead of the

other two but this time he had to

0:32:110:32:18

settle for third. It was a good race

for the European team and it meant

0:32:180:32:21

with those of two finishers that

Europe, it was very tight, Garcia in

0:32:210:32:29

fifth. Britain had three in the top

eight. It came down to just one

0:32:290:32:36

point. It was Europe who came out on

top. Europe finishing ahead of Great

0:32:360:32:41

Britain and the USA. Coda those

points continue into the women's

0:32:410:32:51

race.

0:32:510:32:58

Congratulations Matthew Willis, the

first British runner over the line,

0:32:580:33:01

how are conditions out there?

A bit

cold but a really good cause, I

0:33:010:33:06

really enjoyed it, especially the

little stream, as a bit of fun and

0:33:060:33:10

an extra dimension.

Great atmosphere

on the course?

Yes, especially when

0:33:100:33:15

the bell went on the last lap, they

were really loud.

What about

0:33:150:33:19

underfoot? A bit drizzly overnight,

will it get churned up as the day

0:33:190:33:23

goes on?

Yes, getting progressively

worse.

Do you love that?

Yes,

0:33:230:33:32

cross-country runners always love a

bit of mud.

Written in second place

0:33:320:33:36

after that race.

Really happy with

that. -- Great Britain. Did we have

0:33:360:33:40

come together and managed to get a

second.

0:33:400:33:46

come together and managed to get a

second.

Junior women's race, there

0:33:460:33:48

was a prerace favourite, right in

the middle you can see Jasmine

0:33:480:33:52

running for Europe, the Dutch

athlete finished second year last

0:33:520:33:55

year, really good performance at the

recent European cross-country

0:33:550:34:00

championship and the European junior

champion on the track at 5000

0:34:000:34:03

metres. She knows this course at

Edinburgh and was expected to do

0:34:030:34:07

well but it was the Americans who

were right at the forefront, Claudia

0:34:070:34:12

lane and her team-mate. Just 16, the

pain of them, they set the pace. She

0:34:120:34:25

had company from her team-mate and

the best of the British contingent

0:34:250:34:28

Ceri Hughes and Brown were never too

far away but this young lady, the

0:34:280:34:36

16-year-old cameo who was very

strong and once she got a gap and 30

0:34:360:34:40

metres, it looked all over but the

contingent behind, the four of them

0:34:400:34:45

didn't seem too keen and chasing and

all of a sudden, Jasmine put in a

0:34:450:34:49

huge effort on the last lap and with

half a mile to go and it looked like

0:34:490:34:53

she might catch the American but

cameo found a bit extra --

0:34:530:35:02

cameo found a bit extra -- Jasmine

was outsprinted at the end by her

0:35:050:35:08

team-mate who got ahead of her for

second place. Europe's second and

0:35:080:35:11

third but the USA got the win.

0:35:110:35:18

All very close in the team race. The

individual results there.

0:35:180:35:26

Very close indeed and eventually

went to Great Britain. 26 points.

0:35:260:35:34

USA 27 points, Europe 30 and those

points will be carried forward to

0:35:340:35:37

the senior races. We had a word with

the victor, the 16-year-old

0:35:370:35:42

American.

0:35:420:35:44

Winner of the women's junior race,

Kelsey. How did you find the course

0:35:440:35:49

out there today?

It was tough.

Is

this your first time to Edinburgh.

0:35:490:35:55

How did you find a trip the other

day, a few of you went to the JK

0:35:550:35:58

Rowling famous cafe where she wrote

the Harry Potter book.

It was really

0:35:580:36:04

cool to see where she started

writing this series.

Cross-country

0:36:040:36:07

at Hughes event in America. -- a

huge event. Visit your favourite

0:36:070:36:16

terrain?

It is, cross-country is

definitely my favourite, I like

0:36:160:36:19

running on the grass.

Well done

today.

All the great historical

0:36:190:36:24

buildings you can see in Edinburgh

and you to the cafe

0:36:240:36:27

buildings you can see in Edinburgh

and you to the cafe where JK ruling

0:36:270:36:28

went to Harry Potter.

0:36:280:36:29

and you to the cafe where JK ruling

went to Harry Potter. I'm getting

0:36:290:36:31

old, let's tidy up the standings as

we head into the senior races,

0:36:310:36:34

Europe with the lead. 48 points but

all to play for, Great Britain 36,

0:36:340:36:40

USA 59, USA and a better position

last year, so they will be

0:36:400:36:43

disappointed with that and Europe

leading.

0:36:430:36:47

disappointed with that and Europe

leading.

0:36:470:36:47

Just like that kid just nestling in

the rock with his can of pop. Good

0:36:470:36:55

vantage point for the course. The

panic were you want to see the best

0:36:550:36:59

action. Paula Radcliffe has joined

me from the commentary box. This is

0:36:590:37:02

an event that's close to your heart,

you have one mango trees and raced

0:37:020:37:05

it many times and conditions vary

over the years, that's what makes it

0:37:050:37:08

exciting. From what you've seen so

far, is producing some good races?

0:37:080:37:14

Yes it is, is always produced good

races and it's always been a way to

0:37:140:37:19

really kick off the year and a good

way to come out after the Christmas

0:37:190:37:22

break and the New Year break and put

a lot of training and, eating a lot

0:37:220:37:28

during Christmas, come out with

energy and start of the year well

0:37:280:37:30

and that is what it's always been

for me. I can remember 30 years ago

0:37:300:37:34

coming up as a kid and driving up

from Bedford in the morning to, and

0:37:340:37:37

raced this north cross-country and

it's always been an important

0:37:370:37:43

fixture.

At the top of the show

might you told us the great names

0:37:430:37:47

who have run and won this race.

Let's have a look at the elite

0:37:470:37:50

women's race that was off in five

minutes, points very much county and

0:37:500:37:54

you've picked out a few of your

favourites. Yasmin, the winner last

0:37:540:37:58

year, looking strong again.

She is

looking strong, she has been

0:37:580:38:03

training in Kenya and as she did

before the race last year, she ran

0:38:030:38:08

it so strongly to winning the

European Championships.

0:38:080:38:12

it so strongly to winning the

European Championships. Just one

0:38:120:38:14

month ago in Slovakia. Run very

strong there and it will be

0:38:140:38:17

important to her to run well and

raced here

0:38:170:38:19

important to her to run well and

raced here today and important to

0:38:190:38:20

the other girls to be able to out

and compete with.

Who are the main

0:38:200:38:26

British contenders?

There will be a

strong team, we have Jess Judd.

0:38:260:38:36

Harry Jones making the step up, she

is now a senior, she is still

0:38:360:38:41

running and had some very good

results behind her as a junior but

0:38:410:38:45

now it will be important for her to

come out and race and ran well last

0:38:450:38:48

year but to race well again and to

race amongst the seniors start off

0:38:480:38:52

her year in the senior ranks.

So

successful as part of the team who

0:38:520:39:00

won the overall championship, do you

feel from the women's side of things

0:39:000:39:04

that British cross-country running

is in rude health?

I do, Laura

0:39:040:39:08

started out really well, we had a

good win Ndebele and it's good for

0:39:080:39:12

the rest of the team, they will have

been out there as they are warming

0:39:120:39:15

up for their races. To see them race

well and to see a lot of people turn

0:39:150:39:20

out today to cheer on all of the

runners, that is important and you

0:39:200:39:24

see this success breeding success,

one of our more successful

0:39:240:39:29

cross-country championships and we

will want to build on that and keep

0:39:290:39:32

working through the rest of this

year for the European Championship

0:39:320:39:35

and Commonwealth Games.

Another big

year. Thank very much, good to hear

0:39:350:39:39

your thoughts, six kilometre race,

four large lapse, let's see what the

0:39:390:39:43

team captains think of their teens.

The women senior team has a lot of

0:39:430:39:49

experience. You look at them and

there's a lot of names and people,

0:39:490:39:54

they had been in the top ranks of

the US for a long time. A few up and

0:39:540:39:59

comers coming out of Michigan.

We

have a strong team. The British

0:39:590:40:08

girls, was on home turf, they will

always be strong.

She will head the

0:40:080:40:14

front very early. Jones, she won the

European junior cross-country

0:40:140:40:23

Championships, so she will the one

to look out for. Experience with

0:40:230:40:29

Louise Damon and she will not want

to make it a slow race.

Yasmin Khan

0:40:290:40:35

is the biggest name, winner of the

European Cross country Championships

0:40:350:40:38

and she won back here last year, so

they will be chasing.

Desi Linden,

0:40:380:40:50

she is been around the track,

cross-country, her range is huge,

0:40:500:40:55

than a few cross-country races. She

has a name everybody is going to

0:40:550:40:58

knock on the most experienced won.

Team Europe is a bit different than

0:40:580:41:03

the British team are the American

team because they probably know each

0:41:030:41:06

other a bit better. We generally for

the Europeans, we race against each

0:41:060:41:10

other a lot but not with each other,

so this is very different. Dean

0:41:100:41:14

Evans are always exciting, so it's

nice to run with people and against

0:41:140:41:18

people that you usually just run

against.

I tell you what, you've got

0:41:180:41:24

to be a bit of a daredevil to patch

up on the edge of Arthur 's seat. A

0:41:240:41:27

long way up there but a good place

to ponder and think about life at

0:41:270:41:32

the beginning of the New Year.

Almost ready to go off in the

0:41:320:41:36

women's elite race. Six kilometres,

four large lapse and in the

0:41:360:41:41

commentary book, Paula Radcliffe and

Steve Cram. COMMENTATOR:

0:41:410:41:44

commentary book, Paula Radcliffe and

Steve Cram. COMMENTATOR: Pretty nice

0:41:440:41:47

day in Edinburgh for cross-country,

a little chilly but it is January,

0:41:470:41:50

that's what you'd expect. New Year's

Eve always a great night out in

0:41:500:41:55

Edinburgh. A lot of the American

contingent, this is an event which

0:41:550:41:59

they have loved over the years and

love coming to Edinburgh. Great

0:41:590:42:04

venue, great backdrop, Arthur 's

seat. Worst conditions over the

0:42:040:42:08

years, not too bad at all today.

There's Desi Linden. The veteran of

0:42:080:42:14

the team. In good form as well,

recently raced against a few of the

0:42:140:42:24

runners here. Not the favourite. She

said herself, the favourite is in

0:42:240:42:28

her team. She has won the trials,

was part of an exceptionally strong

0:42:280:42:39

British team to the European

cross-country Championships. We

0:42:390:42:42

mention the fact that Harry Jones

has moved into the senior ranks

0:42:420:42:47

after her great victory in the

junior race, there she is on the

0:42:470:42:51

right of your picture.

0:42:510:42:57

So, usual quick start and they will

settle down fairly quickly. Six

0:42:570:43:04

kilometres, not that far really for

women at this level, they will often

0:43:040:43:08

raise much further salt should be a

good test nonetheless on this

0:43:080:43:14

terrain, four lapse, each lap is

1500 metres. Your maths are as good

0:43:140:43:19

as mine. The early leader. Barker,

her team-mate, one might very

0:43:190:43:33

her team-mate, one might very well

right on the outside, looking for

0:43:330:43:35

but the prerace favourite,

0:43:350:43:43

but the prerace favourite, ...

Chairman.

0:43:430:43:54

Won the Kenyans who run for Turkey

now, the two guys running the senior

0:43:540:43:58

race. Involved in Kenya training,

preparing for this, the training

0:43:580:44:04

camp that many of the British

athletes attend at altitude. Come

0:44:040:44:10

down specially for the race today.

Jess Stewart on the right-hand side.

0:44:100:44:17

I think, six kilometres for Jess, a

bit more into her domain and not too

0:44:170:44:25

muddy today. The British women will

be hoping to form well. Settling

0:44:250:44:29

down.

0:44:290:44:34

down. Sometimes she likes to go

right from the off and get moving

0:44:380:44:40

and given its only six kilometres I

thought that's what she might do

0:44:400:44:44

today. Make it a good hard test from

the start. She is leading, but not

0:44:440:44:49

started to quickly here.

0:44:490:44:53

I don't know whether her spikes

caught, she lost her balance that.

0:44:530:44:57

Momentum has taken her to the front.

She's not doing a huge amount with

0:44:570:45:01

it. You can see the others packing

behind her. She's starting to string

0:45:010:45:06

out a bit on the inside there.

Mollie Sidle of the Usmanov team.

0:45:060:45:12

She ran very well in the midnight

run in New York on New Year's Eve.

0:45:120:45:15

Cold conditions but ran very well to

win that. It's going to be

0:45:150:45:19

positively balmy for her today.

With

an L not an R.

0:45:190:45:29

an L not an R. Barker great

performance from her in the European

0:45:320:45:34

championships. One thing that talk

about with this early stages is why

0:45:340:45:40

course cans produce different

results for runners. A cross-country

0:45:400:45:43

course can come in all sorts of

different guises. Depend ago that,

0:45:430:45:48

often -- depending on that, there's

no way Heath would normally beat Mo

0:45:480:45:53

Farah on a road, but you put in a

bit of mud and you get those sorts

0:45:530:45:57

of results. Courses do suit certain

athletes. You can get them run the

0:45:570:46:02

trials with a certain type of

course, it was quite muddy in

0:46:020:46:04

Liverpool this year. The team gets

picked. You go to the champs and

0:46:040:46:08

people who were fourth in the trials

come higher up. You know they beat

0:46:080:46:12

their team-mates in the actual

championships because the course

0:46:120:46:14

there is different.

Yeah,

absolutely. I mean the different

0:46:140:46:17

types of courses suit different

runners, so somebody with a much

0:46:170:46:23

longer stride, someone like Mo Farah

will prefer a drier course and won't

0:46:230:46:28

like the muddier courses that are

more cut up, much more heavy on the

0:46:280:46:31

legs and make it harder to use the

speed that he has in the closing

0:46:310:46:34

stages. That's why Gary Heath was

quoted as saying that the muddier

0:46:340:46:39

the better for him. It slows

everyone down and people can't get

0:46:390:46:42

away from you and it becomes more of

a strength race.

0:46:420:46:49

a strength race.

Well, the hills

have an effect on that as well. It's

0:46:490:46:52

not just the under foot conditions.

It breaks up your rhythm and this

0:46:520:46:55

section of the course is more

technical.

0:46:550:47:01

technical. Can stretching out.

Barker is well up as well. Maybe

0:47:030:47:10

surprised to see her ahead of some

Simon. Finula is further back. She's

0:47:100:47:18

tucked in there not far behind

Kurechka. Europe packing well. We

0:47:180:47:28

mentioned Harriet Knowles Jones

andErity Ockendom who finished ahead

0:47:280:47:35

of Finula. She's in the team there.

I think Andy Vernon mentioned Louise

0:47:350:47:42

Damon. Philipa Bowden and Phoebe

Law. They're all in there. Only four

0:47:420:47:46

to count within the team race.

Sorry, excuse me, six to count in

0:47:460:47:50

this. Four in the juniors. Six in

the seniors. Certainly not hanging

0:47:500:47:56

around now. She's stretched out,

settled around the first lap. I'm

0:47:560:48:03

surprised that Barca is trying so

hard to go with her. She might be

0:48:030:48:06

thinking OK we know what's going to

happen here. Just got to pace

0:48:060:48:09

yourself. Again cross-country, one

lap.

0:48:090:48:18

lap.

They are in rough by the

positions they finished in the

0:48:200:48:26

European cross-country

championships, barring the Americans

0:48:260:48:27

in that. First, fourth and fifth

now. I think Barca is trying to

0:48:270:48:37

maintain contact with Can and not

allow the gap to grow too much in

0:48:370:48:41

the first couple of laps. Now it is

starting to grow. You can see Barca

0:48:410:48:44

has made that decision or it has

been forced upon her. But she's

0:48:440:48:48

starting to drop back towards the

group behind her. Yasmin Can is

0:48:480:48:55

starting the long run over this

course that she knows so well. She

0:48:550:48:59

has the experience of knowing how to

gauge her effort at different points

0:48:590:49:01

on this course, how to manage that

cambered section. That isn't as

0:49:010:49:05

cambered as in previous years along

that section there. Then when they

0:49:050:49:09

go up the hill, where the longer

tuftier grass and across the stream,

0:49:090:49:16

all those are different strategies

and techniques. That's why we call

0:49:160:49:19

it the more technical section of the

course.

I think the standings will

0:49:190:49:26

definitely change as things move

through. But at the moment, Europe

0:49:260:49:29

have got a good lead. They've

started well. Barker is up there.

0:49:290:49:35

Burkhard is up there. Simon not too

far behind. McCormack as well. The

0:49:350:49:41

British contingent starting to move

through the field. I suspect that

0:49:410:49:49

gap in the points scoring will

shorten. Of course, massive for

0:49:490:49:53

Europe the fact that one of your

counters just counts one point. We

0:49:530:49:57

can almost hand that to her barring

any trip ups or accidents on the

0:49:570:50:01

route. I think she's just going to

keep opening that gap. Barca is

0:50:010:50:07

sticking to her task well that. Was

a really good performance from her.

0:50:070:50:11

The European cross-country

championships, we had the under 23

0:50:110:50:15

race and the junior race. Jess Judd

in the under 23.

0:50:150:50:26

in the under 23. Burkhardt is aiming

for that. She's up there already.

0:50:290:50:31

That was probably a surprise to

finish as high as she did in the

0:50:310:50:35

European cross-country

championships, but underlining the

0:50:350:50:37

fact here that is a true reflection

of the shape she's in. She's in very

0:50:370:50:41

good form. She's found a good batch

of training behind her and been able

0:50:410:50:45

to come out and race well over the

cross-country. She's obviously at

0:50:450:50:49

home on the different surfaces.

That's Mollie Sidle who has moved

0:50:490:50:53

into third. Slipped a bit down the

hill. Running well over this

0:50:530:50:58

surface. A big gap back to Jess Judd

now.

Harriet Knowles-Jones going

0:50:580:51:09

through. She was pleased to get that

Gold Medal, her last race in the

0:51:090:51:12

junior ranks. Her mum and dad

watching there. It was emotional at

0:51:120:51:16

end. But it was a great race from

her on the day. There was a bit of

0:51:160:51:20

pressure on her. She was the

pre-race favourite. She delivered

0:51:200:51:25

and now moving into the senior

ranks. No under 23s here of course.

0:51:250:51:30

No stepping stone literally. Jump in

at the deep end.

She doesn't need a

0:51:300:51:35

stepping stone though. She's got a

good tradition. We talk about the

0:51:350:51:39

tradition and the strength of

cross-country running and the

0:51:390:51:43

history of it. Her father is Martin

Jones, on the last British team to

0:51:430:51:48

win a team medal at the world

cross-country championships along

0:51:480:51:51

with her coach. This eknow about

cross-country running. She probably

0:51:510:51:58

is relishing running on this course

and would like it to be more tough

0:51:580:52:01

in some of the points.

0:52:010:52:07

in some of the points.

Gerechka is

forging through. She caught that

0:52:070:52:09

group who've had to settle down.

She's gone straight through them

0:52:090:52:14

there. They're responding to that.

Judging her effort well. Didn't want

0:52:140:52:19

to go off too hard. She's trying to

forge on. She's watching the

0:52:190:52:24

European champion continue to move

away. But she's in this quartet

0:52:240:52:35

away. But she's in this quartet now,

contesting second place. Coming

0:52:350:52:40

towards the end of the second lap.

Remember only four laps. Approaching

0:52:400:52:43

halfway here.

0:52:430:52:51

halfway here. Gerechka does well on

the tough courses. She ran great in

0:52:510:52:54

Liverpool in the trials. Maybe the

course in the champs didn't quite

0:52:540:52:57

suit her as much. It was a bit

quicker, twisty, turny. But she's so

0:52:570:53:01

strong.

She is. She's very strong

and she's taken her time to build

0:53:010:53:06

back. She missed a lot of time away

from training and racing with a

0:53:060:53:10

double stress fracture in her foot

in 2015. Then started training with

0:53:100:53:15

Chris Thompson and Gemma Simpson.

They've been coaching her and

0:53:150:53:18

brought her slowly back. You can see

she's gaining in confidence as well

0:53:180:53:22

as the strength with all the

training that she's getting under

0:53:220:53:24

her belt and also with the racing.

She took that first lap to kind of

0:53:240:53:29

feel out this course a bit.

0:53:290:53:37

Tommo doing a great job. Chris

actually raced on Friday, the

0:53:490:53:53

half-marathon in Doha. His third or

fourth he was telling me. And Gemma

0:53:530:53:58

as well. Didn't Chris finally pop

the question? #

He did. He said it

0:53:580:54:03

was harder getting up off his knees

than asking the question.

0:54:030:54:08

Congratulations to those two. Two of

our great athletes, Chris still

0:54:080:54:12

running. It is testimony to Amelia.

You just reminded me, this time last

0:54:120:54:16

year I was in the British training

camp. I went for a job with Amelia

0:54:160:54:21

and Chris. I'd had a knee operation.

I was running with Amelia. She was

0:54:210:54:27

just starting, running that slow,

running with me that slow. And Chris

0:54:270:54:32

was very conscious about how she was

going to have to be patient and

0:54:320:54:35

build and build. After that really

serious problem she had. A cracking

0:54:350:54:39

job. Look at this, she's moving

clear into second place. Can is

0:54:390:54:44

looking around there. It's a good

gap. Buff she's going to have to

0:54:440:54:47

keep -- but she's going to have to

keep working. Gorecka is pulling

0:54:470:54:53

Seidel away from her. The others

running strongly.

Barca paying the

0:54:530:54:58

price for having worked so hard on

the first lap. She's drifting back

0:54:580:55:01

to the chasing group. The British

team packing well. But they could

0:55:010:55:04

pick up a couple of those stragglers

as they start to come back towards

0:55:040:55:08

them. You can see when you look at

the front-on shot of Gorecka how

0:55:080:55:13

much she's worked on her core

strength and how her hips are really

0:55:130:55:18

not moving around despite the fact

that this course is tough. She does

0:55:180:55:21

need to pick her ground carefully

with. It she's really holding that

0:55:210:55:25

core stability really well. That's

reflected in the fact that she's

0:55:250:55:28

making up the ground and moving

quickly and well over the ground.

0:55:280:55:33

Yeah, when the race is only six

kilometres, you haven't got time to

0:55:330:55:38

set it, once you're into the rhythm

and you're working hard, they've

0:55:380:55:43

only got about 2K to go. She's only

about five seconds behind Can, if

0:55:430:55:50

this gap stayed the same, I'm not

sure how hard Can is running here,

0:55:500:55:54

but she's looking behind. She is a

little bit concerned because Gorecka

0:55:540:56:00

is closing, imper Septemberibly, a

little bit. Impercptibly. She knows

0:56:000:56:08

he's got a lap and a bit to go. It's

a good gap, a decent gap. But it's

0:56:080:56:12

one which Gorecka is just eating

into slightly.

I think she's eating

0:56:120:56:17

into it a little bit, but

significantly, she's opening up more

0:56:170:56:21

ground on Mollie Seidel behind her.

That is significant. Amelia can

0:56:210:56:25

finish fast. We say that she hasn't

maybe got the pace to live with Can,

0:56:250:56:30

particularly if Can has saved

something for the last couple of

0:56:300:56:33

hundred metres. But Amelia will be

able to find something. But more of

0:56:330:56:37

a buffer she has over Seidel, the

more ground she can make up on Can

0:56:370:56:44

over this will be significant.

Straight through the water. Amelia

0:56:440:56:48

Gorecka just making sure that she

keeps her eyes forward on the back

0:56:480:56:53

of Can, because behind her the gap

is growing. She doesn't have to

0:56:530:56:57

worry about charges, because there

are big gaps behind Seidel now, as

0:56:570:57:02

Barca is struggling. Positions are

changing further back. Jess Judd

0:57:020:57:07

moving well. Phoebe Law is going

really well. Good run from her at

0:57:070:57:11

this point. She's up there, ahead of

Harriet Knowles-Jones. The British

0:57:110:57:17

team slowly eating into the lead

that Europe had. And come to the end

0:57:170:57:20

of the last lap, one more lap to go,

of course. I don't think there's

0:57:200:57:23

going to be too much to choose

between Europe and Great Britain.

0:57:230:57:27

Every position they can make will be

significant. That's one of the

0:57:270:57:30

beauties of the team race in

cross-country. Every last scorer

0:57:300:57:33

counts. Sometimes the last scorer

counts for more because they can

0:57:330:57:37

pick off more places ahead of them.

Interestingly, our statistician has

0:57:370:57:41

told me that Gorecka ran exactly the

same time for the second lap as did

0:57:410:57:45

Dinesh Chandimal. That gap hasn't --

as did Can. The gap hasn't grown at

0:57:450:57:50

all. She's moving through but she's

not able to close down that four,

0:57:500:57:53

five second buffer in front.

Mollie

Seidel is hanging on to Gorecka now.

0:57:530:57:58

She was moving away. Looked like she

was eating into the lead. Maybe that

0:57:580:58:03

effort has been one that she needs

to concentrate on holding onto

0:58:030:58:06

second. Seidel is just getting back

onto her shoulders. They drop down

0:58:060:58:14

towards the finish line to hear the

bell. One more lap to go. The

0:58:140:58:22

European champion, Can, representing

Europe here today is leading.

0:58:220:58:25

Probably four, five second lead over

Gorecka of Great Britain. Seidel is

0:58:250:58:30

moving alongside these two in second

and third.

0:58:300:58:40

and third. Then the gaps get bigger

was ego further back now. -- we go

0:58:400:58:44

further back now. Burkhardt ahead of

Barca who looks as though she's

0:58:440:58:51

struggling a bit, the Romain yard.

Trying to -- the Romanian.

0:58:510:59:05

Harriet Knowles Jones not far away

either. Those three need to work as

0:59:050:59:08

hard as they can and give Gorecka a

bit of support in terms of the team.

0:59:080:59:12

They've got their own private little

battle going on there. But it would

0:59:120:59:15

be good if they could just get ahead

of those two Europeans ahead of

0:59:150:59:19

them.

That would be really good for

the British team. You could see on

0:59:190:59:23

that downhill section how much more

comfortable on the downhill part of

0:59:230:59:27

the course Mollie Seidel looked.

Amelia Gorecka's face, she's really

0:59:270:59:32

working hard. She's rallying. She's

managing to stay slightly ahead of

0:59:320:59:35

Seidel. Who is probably sitting on

her shoulder and may wait until the

0:59:350:59:39

last couple of hundred metres down

the downhill section now she knows

0:59:390:59:44

from the previous laps and

experience that she has the edge

0:59:440:59:47

over Gorecka on that section.

0:59:470:59:53

That you can see the team standings,

just ten points between the British

0:59:561:00:02

and the European team, closing all

the time.

1:00:021:00:04

That is the overall match standings,

which takes the two junior races

1:00:041:00:08

into account.

Europe lead from the USA and Great

1:00:081:00:14

Britain, second and third. Burkard

looking pretty strong. Phoebe Law is

1:00:141:00:19

closing down pretty quickly on

Burkard and Barca,

1:00:191:00:26

closing down pretty quickly on

Burkard and Barca, she has already

1:00:261:00:26

passed Barca. She could certainly

get into the top five, which would

1:00:261:00:32

be a great performance from her,

because she is ahead of her

1:00:321:00:39

team-mate, Jess Judd, Knowles-Jones

and Ockenden is not too far-away,

1:00:391:00:42

either.

1:00:421:00:47

I am just wondering whether...

We will not get into it, we have

1:00:471:00:53

done this so many times. But Can

does not spend much time in Turkey,

1:00:531:00:59

but the pressure for them to compete

in the championships, for instance

1:00:591:01:03

the world indoors, we might see her

at the world Indoor Championships in

1:01:031:01:06

Birmingham in March. They don't

raise that much, but they are under

1:01:061:01:12

a little bit of pressure to compete

for Turkey in the championships.

1:01:121:01:17

Without being too cynical, the

probable reason for them competing

1:01:171:01:22

for Turkey in the first place was to

get the team success that Turkey was

1:01:221:01:29

really looking after on the

international stage. I think there

1:01:291:01:34

is probably an expectation on her

that she competes in the likes of

1:01:341:01:38

the European Cross country, the

world cross-country, the world

1:01:381:01:41

indoors and the other major

championships, which she has done so

1:01:411:01:45

successfully for Turkey. But that

gap is playing pretty much the same

1:01:451:01:50

four microseconds that she built up

on the first lap. As hard as they

1:01:501:01:54

work, and they're helping each other

a little bit, Gorecka and Seidel

1:01:541:01:57

cannot close it down. It is today

exactly the same as in the first

1:01:571:02:02

lap.

You get the impression she is just

1:02:021:02:05

doing enough. These two are

scrapping for second place, they

1:02:051:02:08

know each other well. Mark Butler

pointed out that in 2012 they were

1:02:081:02:13

both in the junior race. Emelia

Gorecka Chuka won that, Molly Seidel

1:02:131:02:16

was third. That was six years ago,

January 20 12.

1:02:161:02:23

Goodness me. Because they are racing

each

1:02:231:02:31

each other, it is just not enough.

You get the feeling by Can has just

1:02:311:02:36

picked up again, every time the gap

has lost a big close for comfort.

1:02:361:02:42

Emelia is working hard, she's only a

few seconds by Can. But we know that

1:02:421:02:47

Can can pick it up at the end.

Emelia finding something else up the

1:02:471:02:54

hill, she has stretch the gap back

to Molly Seidel, who will make up

1:02:541:02:57

some of that on the downhill coming

up. Emelia has given the biggest

1:02:571:03:01

effort up that hill to try to close

the gap and draw herself away from

1:03:011:03:04

Molly.

She has had to work hard for this

1:03:041:03:10

victory, Yasmin Chan. -- Yasemin

Can. It has been chilly here than I

1:03:101:03:18

am sure her training camp was in

Kenya, but she has come back to

1:03:181:03:23

Edinburgh and run superbly well. But

a mediocre rep -- but Emelia Gorecka

1:03:231:03:28

is racing down the hill, chasing Can

and making sure she keeps the gap

1:03:281:03:33

between herself and Seidel, the

American, who comes in for their

1:03:331:03:37

place.

The European cross-country champion,

1:03:371:03:41

coming to Edinburgh and winning in

good style. I would not say it was

1:03:411:03:45

totally impressive in the sense that

she did not totally dominate, and

1:03:451:03:49

she has done enough. Emelia Gorecka

Chuka, a superb performance to take

1:03:491:03:53

second place, just a couple of

seconds behind. And then Seidel for

1:03:531:03:58

the USA, crossing the line in third.

We will watch for the places behind,

1:03:581:04:03

that will have a lot to say in terms

of where the team goes here. Burkard

1:04:031:04:07

hanging on for fourth place.

1:04:071:04:13

hanging on for fourth place. Phoebe

Law, a really good performance in

1:04:141:04:15

this. Lugeros in fourth. Europe may

just hang on as Barca, who went very

1:04:151:04:28

hard at the beginning, comes across

the line. A good, strong performance

1:04:281:04:31

from Ockenden in the last lap. She

got of Jess Judd. Harriet

1:04:311:04:35

Knowles-Jones. Simou -- Fionnuala

McCormack. We will let them come

1:04:351:04:42

across the line, we will sort all of

the team positions out. It looks to

1:04:421:04:47

me as though Europe have won this,

which might just mean that the gap

1:04:471:04:51

between Europe and Great Britain

might be too much in the men's race.

1:04:511:04:55

Certainly from a British

perspective.

1:04:551:05:00

A good race in the end, Paula? Can

was expected to run away with it,

1:05:001:05:07

but had to work hard all the way?

She did, she did not look entirely

1:05:071:05:12

comfortable. It looked like in the

first lap she was trying to build up

1:05:121:05:16

something and maybe relax, to KCOM

hard over the final lap. She was not

1:05:161:05:20

able to do that, and if you look at

the split for the last lap, Emelia

1:05:201:05:26

Gorecka ran the fastest, 5-13, as

opposed to Can's 5-15. Yasemin Can

1:05:261:05:35

ran almost like a metronome that she

did not look as dominant or

1:05:351:05:39

impressive as she has in previous

races.

1:05:391:05:42

We will tidy up the results pretty

soon. Those lads are all right,

1:05:421:05:47

there? Stay there, lads.

I'm sure they are fine! Gabby has

1:05:471:05:52

the winner and the second placed

athlete.

1:05:521:05:54

Are fine! Thank you, Steve. Yasemin

Can and Emelia Gorecka Chuka gave us

1:05:541:06:00

a great race and a thrill at the

end. We thought maybe Emelia was

1:06:001:06:03

going to pull you back. Did it feel

as easy as last year? Did the course

1:06:031:06:09

feel different, do you feel

different?

The course is very hard

1:06:091:06:13

for me. It is very moody. I was

struggling too much.

You think you

1:06:131:06:20

struggle too much?

Yes.

It was a bit

harder?

It is not like last year.

Is

1:06:201:06:27

that because you have been putting

in lots of training and were not as

1:06:271:06:32

fresh?

Pardon?

Did you not feel as

fresh, maybe?

Yes.

1:06:321:06:39

Emelia had a part to play. At the

end, coming down the hill. You were

1:06:391:06:44

trying to draw Yasemin towards you.

How do you feel?

I can't not be

1:06:441:06:51

happy. I had no idea what the

opportunity would be, I thought it

1:06:511:06:55

could be top five for top three,

then I was second and it was so

1:06:551:06:59

close to first, I had to keep

believing it was possible to get the

1:06:591:07:03

best out of myself. I came here to

get the best out of myself, it is a

1:07:031:07:07

world-class field. I am over the

moon to be second by such a small

1:07:071:07:11

margin as well.

It has been a tough couple of years

1:07:111:07:19

for you to get back into this type

of shape. Give an insight into what

1:07:191:07:21

you have gone through?

Got a new

training setup, we decided to strip

1:07:211:07:25

back everything, go back to basics

and built the foundations to

1:07:251:07:28

hopefully allow me to be a strong

senior athlete. I am only 23 so we

1:07:281:07:33

are still building the foundations

and working on loads of smaller,

1:07:331:07:38

fine details to get back to where I

want to be, but I have enjoyed every

1:07:381:07:42

step of the journey, I am still on

it and will hopefully progress and

1:07:421:07:46

develop, I'm quite young still.

So

we will see plenty more of you

1:07:461:07:50

indoors this season?

No, I have lots

of hard work to do, I will go away

1:07:501:07:56

and train for the next few weeks and

months, rebuilding the foundations.

1:07:561:08:01

I really want to get some winter

training in, I am working hard and

1:08:011:08:06

will hopefully translate some of my

performances to the track this

1:08:061:08:09

summer.

EU and the summer.

A great performance from you both.

1:08:091:08:13

Let's clear everything up and see

how the positions have affected the

1:08:131:08:17

overall standings.

-- see you in the summer. STUDIO:

1:08:171:08:22

The top two leading their team is

very well, I am pretty sure Europe

1:08:221:08:25

will be coming out on top. A really

good run from Phoebe Law. Verity

1:08:251:08:31

Ockenden backing up Emelia Gorecka.

The winning margin was just two

1:08:311:08:38

microseconds. You heard Yasemin say

it was hard work today, but Gorecka

1:08:381:08:44

running very well. And a good

performance from Molly Seidel.

1:08:441:08:49

Let's see how that affected the

team. Europe in the end maintains

1:08:491:08:53

their ten point advantage they had

at the start of the last lap,

1:08:531:08:56

despite one or two changes. They are

really consolidating their position

1:08:561:09:02

of the Great Britain and the USA in

the overall match. Just the senior

1:09:021:09:06

men to go, and the lead Europe have

is 18 points. Europe with 90, Great

1:09:061:09:11

Britain with 180 in the USA with

hundred and 40. -- and the USA with

1:09:111:09:19

140.

It is not just the elite competition

1:09:191:09:22

today, anybody can join in. Whether

1:09:221:09:24

It is not just the elite competition

today, anybody can join in. Whether

1:09:241:09:24

it is a New year's resolution they

come every year, everyone has their

1:09:241:09:28

reason for being here. -- whether it

is a New year's resolution or they

1:09:281:09:33

come every year.

Mass participation events, many

1:09:331:09:39

viewers of those will recognise

Colin. Is this your first time here?

1:09:391:09:42

It is my first time across the

border.

What made you want to take

1:09:421:09:47

part in this?

I'll be honest, I did

not know this was on until

1:09:471:09:51

Wednesday. The guy who does the

commentary appears that, are you

1:09:511:09:54

coming up? I said, might as well.

Jumped on the train like this this

1:09:541:10:00

morning. Thanks to the train, they

bumped me up to first class. Really

1:10:001:10:05

excited to get on, it is great.

There is a big hill at the beginning

1:10:051:10:10

of the course.

I did not know that

until I got here, then somebody

1:10:101:10:14

pointed it out and said it is up

there. I said, you are having a

1:10:141:10:17

laugh X Umesh Mahtre but.

Best of luck, take care.

1:10:171:10:26

Jackie has been through a big

challenge in her life, but this year

1:10:261:10:30

she has set itself a new challenge,

beginning today.

1:10:301:10:37

Three years ago I was diagnosed with

aggressive breast cancer. My tumour

1:10:411:10:47

was seven centimetres in size, the

only option was to have chemotherapy

1:10:471:10:50

to shrink it enough to remove it by

surgery. Chemotherapy, for that is

1:10:501:10:55

great things for tumours, it

annihilates your body. It is a

1:10:551:11:00

brutal thing to go through. However,

it saves your life. I finished my

1:11:001:11:04

treatment on Christmas eve of the

same year, which was a good thing to

1:11:041:11:08

do.

When you go through a journey like

1:11:081:11:14

cancer, you are on a treadmill you

can't get off.

1:11:141:11:17

You have no option. All the

decisions about everything you do

1:11:171:11:21

are taken out of you for six months

because you had to get injections

1:11:211:11:25

when you get them, go into hospital

when you go into hospital. It is

1:11:251:11:30

very difficult.

It took another year to feel better,

1:11:301:11:34

because you are left with lots of

chemotherapy and radiotherapy

1:11:341:11:37

side-effects, you put on lots of

weight, your joints are very

1:11:371:11:45

weight, your joints are very damaged

by the drug somethings and you have

1:11:461:11:48

other side effects like numb toes,

numb fingers, you lose your hair and

1:11:481:11:50

things like that.

I had never even been a hospital

1:11:501:11:53

patient before, despite the fact I

have been missing since I was 17 I

1:11:531:11:56

had never been admitted to hospital

and never had surgery in my life, I

1:11:561:12:00

had no idea how I would cope. But I

found a strength I did not know I

1:12:001:12:04

had. I think I surprise myself and

my family members in terms of even

1:12:041:12:09

coping with the pain as well as

everything that was thrown at you.

1:12:091:12:12

And even since then, I have got a

strength I did not know I had and a

1:12:121:12:18

determination I did not know I had.

I was turning 50 that year and

1:12:181:12:23

decided to start doing things for

myself, took the decision to get

1:12:231:12:27

fit. I wanted to run a ten K with my

son, I am happy to say I did that in

1:12:271:12:32

Bristol last year.

Running for me has loads of

1:12:321:12:36

benefits, mentally. It is my

headspace, it is where I live to go.

1:12:361:12:41

You can either rationalise things

that have gone on during the day and

1:12:411:12:44

put them into an order and put them

to the side, or you can just clear

1:12:441:12:49

your head of everything and get rid

of the stuff out of your brain and

1:12:491:12:52

give it a dump.

The run in Edinburgh, I think I will

1:12:521:12:58

be quite emotional. You're going to

chemotherapy, you have been through

1:12:581:13:02

surgery, you have beaten cancer. Do

you know what, get your cars up that

1:13:021:13:08

hill and get on with it.

I am with Jacqui's husband. She has

1:13:081:13:17

been through a lot?

A couple of

years ago, when she had breast

1:13:171:13:22

cancer it was a difficult time for

as Bo Van Pelt family, we kind of

1:13:221:13:25

took it day by day. There was a lot

of uncertainty about what would

1:13:251:13:29

happen. She is very healthy now,

very fit compared to a few years

1:13:291:13:34

ago. She has developed a strength of

mind, she is a very focused woman

1:13:341:13:39

now and when she takes on a

challenge she will do it.

1:13:391:13:46

Jacqui, how was it?

Amazing, I don't

know if I can speak properly. That

1:13:471:13:51

Hill was not as bad as I thought it

was. I did not stop running the

1:13:511:13:55

whole way. I am just delighted that

I did it. I have no idea of my time,

1:13:551:14:00

that I am chuffed to bits that I did

it.

1:14:001:14:03

I will be honest, you are a cancer

survivor, this must be a piece of

1:14:031:14:08

cake?

Compared to some parts, yes,

but it is hard. But then everything

1:14:081:14:13

is hard, but you have to put your

mind to it. If it does not challenge

1:14:131:14:18

you, it won't change you, that is my

new motto which I live by, day by

1:14:181:14:22

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Cross-country to me looks so much

more interesting than road running.

1:14:541:14:57

You have the challenges of the

terrain, the weather and the mud. I

1:14:571:15:00

know it fuelled your career.

It is.

And it was probably the event that I

1:15:001:15:04

was most at home on and certainly

had my first successes on, because

1:15:041:15:09

you can very much run according to

feel, according to instipght,

1:15:091:15:13

according to when you want to put

the surges in. It's not marked out

1:15:131:15:16

like on the track. It's not even

precise distances. That's not the

1:15:161:15:20

point of cross-country. It's about

making people work.

There's nothing

1:15:201:15:24

like the smell here. I love that

earthy, muddy smell. Paula, we're

1:15:241:15:27

upon the final race of the day, the

elite men. It's 8k, four long laps,

1:15:271:15:33

two short ones. Who are the faces we

should look out for?

Probably the

1:15:331:15:37

big favourite coming in is

Keegan-Osbalen, who won the

1:15:371:15:42

championships in December. And has

raced here before

1:15:421:15:45

championships in December. And has

raced here before and raced well.

1:15:451:15:47

We're seeing him winning here in the

European cross-country

1:15:471:15:50

championships. Very convincingly won

there by a big margin. He's the

1:15:501:15:56

favourite. He will get it taken to

him. We've got experience in the

1:15:561:15:59

British team in the shape of Andy

Vernon. We've got youth and people

1:15:591:16:03

coming through in the likes of Ben

Conor. But the US team as well is

1:16:031:16:09

strong and will want to challenge

hard. They've got Heath who has won

1:16:091:16:13

here in the past and loves this

course. The muddier the better he's

1:16:131:16:19

quoted as saying. We saw him beat Mo

Farah over this course, you can see

1:16:191:16:24

the mud all over him. Muddier than

today. A bit drier, firmer today.

1:16:241:16:28

He's a strong runner. I know he

excels in winter sports as well.

1:16:281:16:32

He's got real strength in the

cross-country which can be the

1:16:321:16:34

difference sometimes.

It can. He's

got a very fast 1500m time as well.

1:16:341:16:40

He's a good miler. He started out as

a cross-country skier and has that

1:16:401:16:46

feel and that instinct for

cross-country racing and loves. It

1:16:461:16:49

that's apparent in the way he races.

Chris Derek is another and Leonard

1:16:491:16:55

Grower who won here last year and

raced very strongly. He's going from

1:16:551:16:58

strength to strength racing for the

Usmanov, running lots of PBs. Last

1:16:581:17:02

year it was good to see Hawkins take

it to him and run the sting out of

1:17:021:17:07

him, digging deep as he could in the

closing stages.

Calum not here this

1:17:071:17:10

year. Getting ready for the

Commonwealth Games this year.

Yes,

1:17:101:17:14

the big target for Hawkins now is to

come away with a medal from the

1:17:141:17:22

Commonwealth Games.

Let's hope we

have a race as tight as that. It's a

1:17:221:17:25

few minutes away. Let's hear from

the team captains telling us who the

1:17:251:17:29

strengths are and where the

strengths are in the

1:17:291:17:31

strengths are and where the

strengths are in the opposition.

The

1:17:311:17:34

senior men's team is a mixture of

youth and experience, I suppose. We

1:17:341:17:40

are missing a couple of big players

that could be here. But I don't

1:17:401:17:45

think that's going to deter our

confidence going in. Obviously

1:17:451:17:50

everyone is going to do as best they

can in front of a home crowd. Yeah,

1:17:501:17:56

hopefully we can come back with some

more silverware.

Gareth Heath has

1:17:561:18:03

always come from America but loves

Edinburgh as much as I do. He's had

1:18:031:18:08

big performances here. He'll be one

to watch out for.

Team USA we're

1:18:081:18:14

feeling pretty good. You don't want

to get overconfident. I've been

1:18:141:18:19

following the European cross,

there's a lot of guys in here. I've

1:18:191:18:21

raced one or two of the UK guys and

guys like Andy Vernon are good.

1:18:211:18:26

Especially with younger guys, you

never know who's going to step up.

1:18:261:18:30

We've got three past champions here

from the American team. Heath has

1:18:301:18:37

won here a couple of times. Chris

Derek. On the European side, we've

1:18:371:18:47

got Buccicki. He ran a good race at

the European championships. There's

1:18:471:18:53

a lot of good runners.

The fact that

you're out in the cold, you're out

1:18:531:18:57

in the wind, sometimes snow, hail,

sleet, and the fans here in

1:18:571:19:01

Edinburgh will come out no matter

what. If they're out there standing

1:19:011:19:04

in the cold cheering you on, you'd

better be ready to go for it.

1:19:041:19:07

They certainly are. Some of them

finding other amusements at the

1:19:071:19:10

moment. But we are all ready for the

final elite race of the day. Steve

1:19:101:19:15

Cram and Paula Radcliffe in the

commentary box for the men's race.

1:19:151:19:19

Steve, I'm not sure that's a sport

that's going to catch on that the

1:19:191:19:22

lad was trying out there?

It looks like one of those, what's

1:19:221:19:26

that thing where you go down the

hill rolling after the cheese or

1:19:261:19:29

something, isn't it? Or Easter eggs.

I don't know. I was never good at

1:19:291:19:33

getting down a hill quick. Oh,

careful.

1:19:331:19:37

getting down a hill quick. Oh,

careful.

1:19:371:19:38

They're here of all ages and

enjoying the atmosphere, on a day

1:19:381:19:43

where speck Tating isn't as tough as

some years here. We've got the three

1:19:431:19:47

teams ready to go. We've had a bit

of a chat there with Paula and the

1:19:471:19:52

team captains about who to watch out

for. Garrett Heath. He won the short

1:19:521:19:59

race aas long as the long race when

he famously beat Mo Farah.

1:19:591:20:09

he famously beat Mo Farah. Osborne

running for Turkey now. Watch out

1:20:131:20:17

for his mate who fell in the

European championships early in the

1:20:171:20:21

race and couldn't get close to his

team-mate in the latter stages.

1:20:211:20:26

Vernon leading the British team. One

or two not here.

1:20:261:20:38

Griffiths a late withdrawal from the

British team.

1:20:401:20:46

So the senior men under way. Two

short laps and four long for the

1:20:461:20:52

men, 8k the total distance. Fast

start as ever. I think this is an

1:20:521:20:58

interesting race. With the former

winners in here, because Chris Derek

1:20:581:21:03

has won here before, Heath has won

before, then Mike Osborne, who has

1:21:031:21:11

come to the front.

1:21:111:21:16

come to the front. Zbelin, who has

come to the front. Ben Connor won't

1:21:181:21:20

be far away.

1:21:201:21:30

Connor setting out with intent here

alongside Ozbelin.

Rt British team

1:21:461:21:53

packing very well so far. Following

the lead of Ben Connor. Andy Vernon

1:21:531:21:57

sitting behind him. And Mohammed too

on the inside. Putting themselves up

1:21:571:22:02

there with a chance on the first

lap. Towards the back of that, you

1:22:021:22:06

see Chris Derek there, number 33,

moving up the hill for the US team.

1:22:061:22:10

He's taking a little bit longer to

settle into the race.

I mentioned

1:22:101:22:18

the fact that Can has been away,

indeed Ozbelin was with her at the

1:22:181:22:25

training camp.

1:22:251:22:35

Certainly the marathon and longer

distance, many of them in Kenya.

1:22:381:22:43

That's where they've come from. Come

straight down. It was interesting

1:22:431:22:52

list ening to Can. It sounded like

one of those days for her. She came

1:22:521:22:55

in on Thursday and maybe dropping

down this quickly and competing it

1:22:551:22:59

didn't quite work for her this time.

Usually when they've got the

1:22:591:23:02

experience of the likes of Ozbelin

and Can dropping down, they know how

1:23:021:23:05

to judge it. When you come down so

close to the race you can't

1:23:051:23:09

anticipate how your body might

react. If you pick up something on

1:23:091:23:12

the flight as well, you cannot feel

great there. Usually that first

1:23:121:23:16

week, first day you might feel

great, after that there's a bit of

1:23:161:23:19

an up and down period as your body

adjusts to being back down at sea

1:23:191:23:23

level. Maybe that's what she was

experienced. Maybe she just put in a

1:23:231:23:26

lot of volume and hard work up at

altitude and was taking time to

1:23:261:23:31

recover from that.

I'm looking for Mishal, who

1:23:311:23:41

performed so well, the Spanish

athlete. What a season starting with

1:23:411:23:46

the indoor season back, well, almost

a year ago. Continued that right

1:23:461:23:50

through the year, almost winning a

medal the the world championships

1:23:501:23:53

outdoors and then performing very

well at the European cross-country

1:23:531:23:58

championships. She's tucked in a

little bit further back in the pack.

1:23:581:24:01

He's in the middle and in the long

orange shorts. When you see him move

1:24:011:24:05

through there, he's, I think - I

don't know if it's the fact he's got

1:24:051:24:11

his T-shirt underneath, it looks as

though he's eaten a bit too much

1:24:111:24:15

Christmas turkey, if I'm allowed to

say that!

Yeah, he does look like

1:24:151:24:19

he's maybe enjoyed the fest

Tiffities a bit. He had a great

1:24:191:24:24

2017. -- festivities. I'm sure with

the European championships in the

1:24:241:24:33

summer, a world indoor championships

in Birmingham in March, somebody

1:24:331:24:38

like him any way would be targeting,

building on that superb year he had.

1:24:381:24:44

I think that run at the

cross-country championships was

1:24:441:24:47

probably, if anything, was the most

standout. No, to be fair, the world

1:24:471:24:53

championships outdoors I think. Yes,

interesting to see how he goes here.

1:24:531:24:57

As Paula said, he's got himself well

covered up. A little further back in

1:24:571:25:01

the back. Ben Connor moves to the

front. You just saw the team

1:25:011:25:06

standings slip through there. It's

still early in the race. Things just

1:25:061:25:10

settling down. These two short laps

first. I think maybe then they'll

1:25:101:25:14

get going. I have a feeling, it's

more than a feeling, I'll be more

1:25:141:25:23

than surprised if Europe lets the

lead slip in the team competition.

1:25:231:25:29

When you have Ozbelin, Mishal,

others to back them up, they're

1:25:291:25:33

probably the favourites to win the

team race here and will win the

1:25:331:25:36

overall competition. Commonwealth

Games at the Gold Coast as well.

1:25:361:25:39

Yay, a bit of sunshine. April 4-15.

For curling fans, the Olympic Games,

1:25:391:25:47

Winter Olympics on the BBC, through

February. I'll be switching sports.

1:25:471:25:51

London Marathon later on when we get

back from the Commonwealth Games on

1:25:511:25:54

the 22 April.

1:25:541:26:01

the 22 April. In the summer, he

said, 20th May, Great Manchester

1:26:011:26:05

Run, goodness me. It seems a long

way away. I'm sure it will come

1:26:051:26:09

round very quickly. Mo Farah, I

think we're going to see a lot of Mo

1:26:091:26:14

in the next few weeks, hopefully,

including the London Marathon and in

1:26:141:26:16

Manchester. It still keeps coming.

British championships in Birmingham.

1:26:161:26:24

The European championships, if

you're in Scotland, of course, an

1:26:241:26:31

interesting year. The European Games

are split between Glasgow and

1:26:311:26:35

Berlin, where the athletics will be

held. That's our normalure pine

1:26:351:26:38

championships. But they are

technically part of the new

1:26:381:26:43

multisport European Games. The other

sports will be in Glasgow.

1:26:431:26:49

The Diamond League season continues

all the way through, of course,

1:26:491:26:52

after the championships with

Birmingham hosting their event on 18

1:26:521:26:55

August.

I'll be exhausted by 9th of

1:26:551:27:03

September, when we'll be at the

Great North Run. But lots of

1:27:031:27:06

athletics to come on the BBC. So

plenty for you to look forward to.

1:27:061:27:14

Are you any good at curling?

I don't

know. Never actually tried it. I've

1:27:141:27:20

sat and commentated on it once.

That's the answer of a champion. You

1:27:201:27:24

don't get no, no I've never done it.

You get, "I don't know, I could be

1:27:241:27:28

good, just haven't tried it." I'm

sure you'd be brilliant.

I'm not so

1:27:281:27:33

sure, but it might be fun to try.

There's the standings after this

1:27:331:27:40

second short lap. We're heading out

onto the first of four long laps and

1:27:401:27:44

the gaps are starting to appear a

bit. Nick tries to get himself

1:27:441:27:50

involved. It would be good if he

could maintain contact. It's only

1:27:501:27:57

Ben Connor and Gulap for Great

Britain in this lead group, that's

1:27:571:28:00

just starting to break away a bit.

Garrett heath hanging off the back.

1:28:001:28:08

Ozbelin and his team-mate on the

left-hand side, very much to the

1:28:081:28:12

fore.

Vernon starting to move through a

1:28:121:28:16

little as well. Andy will run a

steady race. He's getting better as

1:28:161:28:20

the winter goes on. He was just

missed out by one place on gaining

1:28:201:28:26

selection for the European

championships. But he's got better

1:28:261:28:29

since November. I think he's run a

strong race here.

1:28:291:28:34

I mean he's recognising that as the

years go by, he's not really losing

1:28:341:28:40

fast, but he's not gaining any pace.

He has stated this will be his last

1:28:401:28:44

summer competing on the track and

that he will move then more onto the

1:28:441:28:48

roads and make a very serious

attempt at the marathon. I think he

1:28:481:28:51

could be a very good marathon

runner. He's very strong and he

1:28:511:28:55

tends to gauge his effort well. He's

taken the time to build up slowly,

1:28:551:28:59

to learn road racing a little bit

with the various half marathons and

1:28:591:29:03

definitely has some Po ten shall to

move on. -- potential to move on.

1:29:031:29:11

Chris Derrick made his debut over

the marathon in Chicago this year.

1:29:111:29:14

Disappointed with his finish in the

end but he raced very well for most

1:29:141:29:17

of that race and just faded a bit in

the closing stages. He started very

1:29:171:29:21

gradually today and has now worked

his had way up and is leading that

1:29:211:29:25

group with Trevor Dunbar and Andy

Vernon. A group of three that's

1:29:251:29:30

almost in no-man's land in between

those two, the lead group and the

1:29:301:29:32

big pack.

1:29:321:29:39

Ben Connor decided to disburse with

his gloves that he was wearing on

1:29:391:29:43

the first two short laps.

It is the

first time the men have been on this

1:29:431:29:51

section of the course, they will

complete the first of their big

1:29:511:29:56

laps, they go over the water twice,

this Little brook, they meet at the

1:29:561:30:00

bottom of the hill and climb across

it again at the top of the hill.

1:30:001:30:04

Ozbilen just forcing the pace a

little bit. Ben Connor doing a good

1:30:041:30:12

job at this point of staying with

some very good athletes. Ozbilen was

1:30:121:30:19

last year's winner. Ben Connor is in

the top three. There is a gap

1:30:191:30:28

appearing between them and neck.

Sometimes if you just hang in the

1:30:281:30:32

group and they move you away, even

you start to struggle a little

1:30:321:30:35

bit... Garrett Heath is trying to

stay in there as well. A different

1:30:351:30:40

tactic to what Andy Vernon is doing,

if it goes wrong you will be passed

1:30:401:30:44

by quite a lot of people. But it can

drag you away from everybody else?

1:30:441:30:48

A bit of a reaction and a reflection

that Nick has a very fast indoor

1:30:481:30:55

3,000-metre time. So on the more

even, technically easier course in

1:30:551:31:00

the first lap, he got himself into

bigger position. He is struggling a

1:31:001:31:04

bit on the more difficult sections,

going through the water, over the

1:31:041:31:08

longer grass and up the hills.

Maintaining contact. The Gap behind

1:31:081:31:12

him is not being closed down by

Chris Derrick, who is an experienced

1:31:121:31:17

cross-country runner and will use

those sections to try to make

1:31:171:31:20

inroads on the group front.

Daylight is opening up to make now.

1:31:201:31:28

-- opening up to Nick.

Three big

laps to go. Ozbilen was the prerace

1:31:281:31:38

favourite, the European champion.

His team-mates, Kaya in second

1:31:381:31:44

place. There is not much to choose

between that second group. Nick

1:31:441:31:52

Goolab is just losing touch a little

bit.

1:31:521:32:02

bit. Mechaal has obviously got no

mince pies over Christmas and is

1:32:031:32:06

nowhere near his performance of the

European Cross country

1:32:061:32:10

Championships, and those of last

year, nowhere near what they would

1:32:101:32:14

have suggested he should be out

today. But despite that, Europe is

1:32:141:32:19

still doing well in the team race,

both in this race, although the USA

1:32:191:32:24

leads, that Europe are holding their

own with 57 points, just behind the

1:32:241:32:29

USA. Great Britain and 17. In terms

of the overall match, that will mean

1:32:291:32:34

that Europe is just consolidating

the position.

1:32:341:32:41

Leonard looks very comfortable. He

is well covered up, he is wearing a

1:32:411:32:45

cap as well as long sleeves. I am

not sure too many of the others have

1:32:451:32:49

come out as well-dressed as him,

Bertie looks very, very comfortable.

1:32:491:32:55

Just tracking Ozbilen, not doing

more than he needs to the early

1:32:551:32:58

laps.

Taking his time to study the course

1:32:581:33:02

but keeping his powder dry at this

stage.

1:33:021:33:07

Mohamed Mohamed, Alex and Chris

Olley are in that group. Ahead of

1:33:071:33:12

the aforementioned Mechaal. This is

where the final counters, if you

1:33:121:33:19

like, this is the position that will

matter. Overall, I do not think

1:33:191:33:24

there is any question that Europe

will win this. It is whether the USA

1:33:241:33:28

can make a victory in this final

senior men's race ahead of the

1:33:281:33:31

Europeans. Ozbilen and Caer Dier

Kaya -- Ozbilen and Kaya.

1:33:311:33:50

I don't know where he would have

finished yet, but when Kaya fell, he

1:33:501:33:59

fell fairly early on and it looked

like he would get back, and Ozbilen

1:33:591:34:03

really pushed on. It was so twisty

and turning. I just wonder how close

1:34:031:34:14

he would have been. Ozbilen looked

good and ran well on the day, but I

1:34:141:34:20

wonder whether Kaya, who had won it

the year before, and another person

1:34:201:34:27

at the same name won the year

before, just to confuse you! They

1:34:271:34:32

would have been away training in

Kenya since then, Ozbilen and Kaya

1:34:321:34:36

know each other very well. If

anything, Ozbilen is forcing the

1:34:361:34:41

pace.

Maybe Kaya has a little bit of

a score to settle that. That is

1:34:411:34:49

cross-country is all about, being

able to stay on your feet over the

1:34:491:34:54

tough sections, making sure you have

the right length of spikes for the

1:34:541:34:57

course to keep your grip, and that

when you fall you can make it up

1:34:571:35:01

probably better than on the track,

but you need to work those sections

1:35:011:35:06

hard and if the gap is too big, even

though on the twisty sections you

1:35:061:35:10

can see the people ahead of you, you

may not be able to make the

1:35:101:35:14

background, as we saw in the

previous race with Emelia Gorecka

1:35:141:35:18

Chuka and Yasemin Can.

Leonard had a good year in different

1:35:181:35:25

ways as well. I say finished the

year, but one of his stand-up

1:35:251:35:31

performances, you got some 60

minutes for the Delhi half marathon

1:35:311:35:35

in November. -- he got below 60

minutes for the Delhi half Marathon.

1:35:351:35:41

He ran a pretty quick 10,000 metres

on the track. He brings that sort of

1:35:411:35:46

range to this. A pretty decent world

class 10,000 metre run on the track,

1:35:461:35:51

and a world-class half Marathon. It

stands you in good stead for this

1:35:511:35:55

sort of performance.

People buying on a bit about the

1:35:551:35:59

strengths and the benefits of the

highlights of cross-country running,

1:35:591:36:02

it is the fact that brings together

the range of events. You have

1:36:021:36:06

somebody like Garrett Heath, yes he

is a cross-country skier, but he is

1:36:061:36:11

a very good Meyler. You brings us

together with the people who run

1:36:111:36:16

marathons and the ten K runners and

it becomes about how they feel and

1:36:161:36:21

whether they are at home on this

surface, if it is something they are

1:36:211:36:26

not comfortable then they go at the

back door very early in the way that

1:36:261:36:29

Mechaal has in this race.

Two laps

to go, Europe in control at the

1:36:291:36:36

moment in the

1:36:361:36:41

moment in the shape of Ozbilen, the

European champion. Kaya is the

1:36:411:36:46

former European champion. Our

statistician has reminded me that

1:36:461:36:52

Kaya and one of his opponents

collided in the European Cross

1:36:521:36:55

country. If I was him, I would not

run as close to him, but he is! This

1:36:551:37:02

is the top four. The other American,

manual, is trying to hang on. Ben

1:37:021:37:08

Connor, the sole British

1:37:081:37:14

Connor, the sole British athlete.

USA is well represented, three of

1:37:141:37:20

them in that group, three Europeans

and one British athlete. Europe is

1:37:201:37:24

still in control in terms of the

overall match.

1:37:241:37:28

It is boiling down to a tag team

race between Europe and the USA, we

1:37:281:37:33

need to go by that city where the

other three scorers for each to get

1:37:331:37:37

a gauge of whether the teams

standing exchange. For Britain, Ben

1:37:371:37:43

Connor is having a great run, he

needs to stay in contact and keep

1:37:431:37:47

his eyes focused on the back of

Garrett Heath in front of him, stay

1:37:471:37:51

on the back of that pad.

-- that pack.

Ozbilen, for the first

1:37:511:37:59

time, you can see he is trying to

break this group up and wanting to

1:37:591:38:02

whittle it down. Pressure being

applied by the person who finished

1:38:021:38:08

fifth behind Ozbilen and those

championships back in December. Just

1:38:081:38:12

trying to stay close enough, Garrett

Heath moves past his team-mate.

1:38:121:38:21

Garrett Heath, if you were stood

next to him in a coffee shop, you

1:38:241:38:28

would not think he is a natural

cross-country runner. He is quite

1:38:281:38:33

stocky, quite strong, really strong

thighs. But when you are running

1:38:331:38:37

through mud, particularly mode and

stuff, that strength. If you're

1:38:371:38:41

watching the film of him sprinting

against Mo Farah, who is better at

1:38:411:38:44

sprinting? Mo Farah. Not on that

surface. His feet were slipping, he

1:38:441:38:50

was not getting the purchase.

Garrett was just strong, driving

1:38:501:38:57

through it.

That is the difference.

It is a bit

1:38:571:39:00

like they talk about the shuffle you

need for the marathon, Tokyo by Mo

1:39:001:39:04

Farah moving towards Marathon, that

might be one of the things he needs

1:39:041:39:07

to work slightly on. -- talking

about Mo Farah moving towards

1:39:071:39:12

Marathon. The greats of the to had

to adapt to running on the roads.

1:39:121:39:20

Highly jabbers Lassie could not get

there, not at home on that surface.

1:39:201:39:26

If you look at Garrett Heath it is a

low centre of gravity, a quick

1:39:261:39:30

cadence, a quick turnover and he is

very stable. His pelvis does not

1:39:301:39:34

rock around much and he does not

lose a lot of ground.

1:39:341:39:38

The only good marathon runner...

There was a guy whose name was

1:39:381:39:45

Douglas, he was a great run a comic

union. He had really big size as

1:39:451:39:50

well. -- he was a great runner, he

was a Kenyan.

1:39:501:40:00

Think about that Norwegian runner,

you have to have the stores to keep

1:40:001:40:08

running strongly in the later stages

of the marathon and you need the

1:40:081:40:11

like strength on a cross-country

course like this.

1:40:111:40:14

The four

1:40:141:40:19

The four of them have a good gap,

running strongly together as they

1:40:191:40:24

headed down to the penultimate time.

Ozbilen, the prerace favourite, the

1:40:241:40:29

European champion, looks around.

Sousse two of his team-mates, the

1:40:291:40:33

man who was fifth and Kaya, who was

seventh, but he did fall on those

1:40:331:40:39

championships. And what about last

year's winner, representing the USA?

1:40:391:40:47

We effectively have three canyons

and a Belgian, two running for

1:40:471:40:53

Europe, former canyons running for

Europe, and the USA.

1:40:531:41:00

Europe, and the USA. -- two running

for Europe, former Kenyans.

1:41:001:41:07

Ozbilen has been forcing it but he

has not really managed to shake them

1:41:071:41:13

up too much. With only 1500 metres

to go. Here's a good finisher, but

1:41:131:41:17

sellers Kaya.

1:41:171:41:23

sellers Kaya. Ozbilen is fearing the

finish, he is the one thinking I

1:41:231:41:28

have is to break this up, I do not

want to lead it to a sprint finish.

1:41:281:41:34

Free from Europe, one from the USA,

you anticipate that the three

1:41:341:41:38

Europeans might run as a team that

they are thrown together for this

1:41:381:41:41

event.

We have talked about the fact there

1:41:411:41:43

is no love lost between Kaya and the

Belgian. Ozbilen might work together

1:41:431:41:53

with Kaya to draw the sting out of

the the two.

1:41:531:42:01

His face is quite relaxed compared

to Kaya. He is just staying close

1:42:021:42:08

enough. Ozbilen is really working

hard to break the sub. The gaps are

1:42:081:42:16

just being stretched.

1:42:161:42:27

For the first time, Kaya struggles.

It is Ozbilen with last year's

1:42:281:42:35

winner just three metres buying. Can

Ozbilen drag out the lead? Can he

1:42:351:42:40

make it a winning lead, or will the

other competitors stay close enough?

1:42:401:42:46

This is the name moved by -- may

move by

1:42:461:42:57

Who has looked the more comfortable

on the hills? Probably Ozbilen. He

1:42:581:43:05

is taking advantage, Ozbilen's

opponent, every time he has flat

1:43:051:43:08

ground, to try to make up the gap.

They are coming into the more

1:43:081:43:16

twisted, more technical and hilly

section and we will see what Ozbilen

1:43:161:43:18

has left.

His opponent seems to move well off

1:43:181:43:24

the hills. It will be interesting up

the hill of Ozbilen can get enough,

1:43:241:43:28

you get the feeling when they cross

the water and drop-down that

1:43:281:43:32

Ozbilen's opponent majors contend

with that section a bit better.

1:43:321:43:38

Ozbilen with real pressure from

behind last year's winner. Running

1:43:381:43:45

through the water, then in front of

the lake and taking a right-hand

1:43:451:43:50

turn up the lane. Ozbilen won by a

reasonably comfortable margin of the

1:43:501:43:58

European Championships. Look how

hard he is working. He knows the

1:43:581:44:01

threat is opponent possesses. He is

maybe just fearing what will happen.

1:44:011:44:07

This will go to the wire.

If you were just going and facial

1:44:071:44:11

expressions you would say that

Ozbilen was working so much harder

1:44:111:44:17

and his opponent had a lot left in

store. But faces can be deceptive,

1:44:171:44:23

some people just show a lot more

effort on the faces. He is

1:44:231:44:26

stretching that again, the gap. It

depends how much he has left and how

1:44:261:44:32

much he can make up on the downhill

section to the finish.

1:44:321:44:37

Again, you see that. He just closed

on the downhill section. A pellet

1:44:371:44:43

was five or six metres, downhill he

closed it very quickly. Here we go,

1:44:431:44:48

over the brig for the last time. ...

Over the brook. He is just checking

1:44:481:44:58

to see. No response from Ozbilen,

who looks buying. He will only see

1:44:581:45:03

his two team-mates as he watches his

opponents move away. Another

1:45:031:45:07

superbly judged effort by the

American. He makes it two in a row

1:45:071:45:13

in Edinburgh. It is a win for the

USA.

1:45:131:45:20

Korir first, Ozbilen second. Close

for third. Tight on the line. Kaya

1:45:201:45:24

holding off Bouchikhi. We wait for

the places further down. Connor and

1:45:241:45:30

Heath were the next. Leonard Korir,

two years in a row, has not put a

1:45:301:45:36

foot in front until he absolutely

needed to. Ben Connor comes in for

1:45:361:45:40

an excellent fifth place. The first

of the British athletes to cross the

1:45:401:45:44

line. Garrett Heath just holding off

Bor his team-mate. Then that looks

1:45:441:45:50

like Chris Derrick coming next. The

Americans are packing well here.

1:45:501:45:53

It's going to be tight between them.

Andy Vernon is going to finish in

1:45:531:45:58

the top ten behind the former

winner.

1:45:581:46:05

winner. Looks like Dunbar, I think.

It is. It was a race which in many

1:46:051:46:13

ways marched a bit what happened

last year when Hawkings tried to

1:46:131:46:19

break away. Ozbilen led this time.

You always knew he was doing that

1:46:191:46:22

because he feared what was going to

happen. He wasn't wrong, was he?

1:46:221:46:25

Great finish from Korir.

He knew the

attack was coming from Korir. He

1:46:251:46:30

actually looked the wrong way at the

top of that hill as they crested the

1:46:301:46:33

time hill. He looked to his inside

at the same time as Korir moved by

1:46:331:46:39

on his outside and made his attack.

There was just no response because

1:46:391:46:43

Ozbilen had used every ounce of

effort that he had to try and get

1:46:431:46:46

away from him up the hill.

Well,

we'll tidy all the results up for

1:46:461:46:53

you as soon as we can. In the

meantime Gabby speaks to our Victor.

1:46:531:46:57

I

1:46:571:46:57

meantime Gabby speaks to our Victor.

I can indeed. It was almost like

1:46:571:47:01

deja vu, watching you come down

there, employing the same tactics

1:47:011:47:06

that you took Calum Hawkins with

last year

Yeah, I like this year, I

1:47:061:47:13

felt so good. I says I must come

back. When I say I must come back, I

1:47:131:47:19

say I must win again.

You've done

all of that. You've come back to

1:47:191:47:25

Edinburgh and been victorious two

years running, out there today, you

1:47:251:47:28

really employed great tactics as

well. They took it out of the

1:47:281:47:31

European front runners to secure

that victory.

Yeah, yeah. The

1:47:311:47:38

course, if you just go hard in the

beginning you're going to fade. I

1:47:381:47:43

wanted to be efficient. Make sure I

save some energy for the final kick.

1:47:431:47:47

I'm glad I was happy to do so.

It

worked, congratulations. Well done.

1:47:471:47:50

Thank you.

Steve, lets mop up the

final

1:47:501:47:53

Thank you.

Steve, lets mop up the

final results:

1:47:531:47:57

Smart running from Leonard Korir, as

he said, you've got to be patient

1:47:571:48:00

sometimes in cross-country. He did

exactly that.

1:48:001:48:11

What does that mean in the team

competition? It was close in the end

1:48:201:48:25

but Europe held off the Usmanov in

that men's race. Usmanov would have

1:48:251:48:28

loved to have won that title. But

they didn't. Europe with 47 points.

1:48:281:48:34

Of course, what that means is they

consolidated their position in the

1:48:341:48:41

overall match standings. Europe

finishing comfortably ahead of Great

1:48:411:48:46

Britain, well almost 50 points

there. It's Europe who win our match

1:48:461:48:52

this year.

Great Britain securing second place

1:48:521:48:57

by eight points ahead of the

Usmanov. So the -- of the USA. The

1:48:571:49:01

crowds head home now. They've seen

great elite races. It all started

1:49:011:49:05

very early today, when the masses

came out. Anyone of any ability

1:49:051:49:09

could join in those races and that

included the wee ones. JJ caught up

1:49:091:49:15

with the runners in the junior race.

I keep saying today is for

1:49:151:49:18

everybody. It noes the just for the

adults. Over 400 kids will be taking

1:49:181:49:22

on 2. 5k of this gruelling course.

It's very exciting because it's the

1:49:221:49:30

first time they're going to do it

without an adult racing. I hope they

1:49:301:49:36

manage. They need a bit more

motivation to keep going. The talk

1:49:361:49:41

of a medal will motivate him enough

to complete 2. 5k.

As a family and

1:49:411:49:46

particularly for Dylan and for the

kids, how important is running and

1:49:461:49:49

getting to be part of this?

It is

very important. It's just feels like

1:49:491:49:55

we're doing something together and

they have the medal for the whole

1:49:551:49:57

year. So it's a point of interest

for everyone in the family. That's

1:49:571:50:02

the medal, that's running

1:50:021:50:07

We're here to raise money, it's a

sponsored run. Thought it would be a

1:50:181:50:22

good day, team-building event for

the kids to come down here this

1:50:221:50:25

morning, take part in a fantastic

vent in Edinburgh, try to raise

1:50:251:50:28

money for the club. The kids ran it

last year they really enjoyed it. It

1:50:281:50:32

would be a good bit of fitness

before the season kicks off.

How

1:50:321:50:36

exciting is this?

Really exciting.

Yeah. Have you been training for it

1:50:361:50:40

or are you just a natural? Just

natural. How much are you looking

1:50:401:50:44

forward to this?

Quite a lot. I'm

really excited.

And now you've done

1:50:441:50:50

this before, haven't you?

Yeah.

What

do the rest of the guys expect

1:50:501:50:53

today?

Hard course.

It's a hard

course, is it? Have you got tips for

1:50:531:50:59

them?

No, I'm not giving away my

tips.

You're not giving it away!

1:50:591:51:03

Just run really fast?

Yeah.

Question

to all three of you, who's going to

1:51:031:51:07

win?

Me.

Me.

Me!

They're all winners. If it gives

1:51:071:51:16

them a thirst and a taste for this

wonderful sport of cross-country

1:51:161:51:19

running.

A man who knows all about

that and had a life of running in

1:51:191:51:24

athletics and still has Brendan

Foster, 70 yesterday. Catch up with

1:51:241:51:28

a look back on the marvellous career

of Brendan Foster, at 3. 30pm on BBC

1:51:281:51:33

Two. The NFL show always an

entertaining watch. And Masters

1:51:331:51:41

snooker tomorrow. So plenty of sport

on the BBC this weekend and always

1:51:411:51:48

throughout the year, lots

1:51:481:51:49

on the BBC this weekend and always

throughout the year, lots of

1:51:491:51:49

athletics still to come. We'll catch

up with Paula on the big events this

1:51:491:51:54

year. A quick word on Mo Farah, we

missed him today. The hype that you

1:51:541:51:59

get around Mo, we have to get used

to his not appearing regularly in

1:51:591:52:04

athletics events. Your husband Gary

is taking care of life on the road.

1:52:041:52:08

How's things going?

They're going

well. It's been a tricky start to

1:52:081:52:11

the year. Had ewas racing in Doha,

he felt a niggle in his Achilles. He

1:52:111:52:17

didn't start there, didn't take the

risk. It's not important to be

1:52:171:52:21

racing this early in the year. It's

all about getting the training in

1:52:211:52:24

for the marathon. He knows he's got

something to learn over the marathon

1:52:241:52:28

distance. He's Re

That. He's had a

dnchts relishing that. He's shown

1:52:281:52:35

how successful he can be on the

track. Now he wants to do something

1:52:351:52:37

different.

He alluded to that on

that night when me won Sports

1:52:371:52:41

Personality of the Year. If you were

watching the show and millions of

1:52:411:52:43

you were, you may remember there was

a certain technical glitch. We

1:52:431:52:47

didn't quite get the interview with

Mo live. We had a chance to chat to

1:52:471:52:51

him in the arena in Liverpool

afterwards. He talked just about

1:52:511:52:53

that, the challenges that lie ahead.

2017, BBC Sports Personality of the

1:52:531:53:01

Year is... Mo Farah!

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

1:53:011:53:13

It's pretty amazing. It's hard, it's

hard to think about, you know, over

1:53:161:53:21

the years what I've done. You know

you win this, I didn't honestly come

1:53:211:53:28

out tonight and thinking, maybe top

three, see how it goes. We've got

1:53:281:53:35

amazing superstars in sports.

Anthony Joshua, Lewis, Jonny

1:53:351:53:39

Peacock, all the boys and it's been

amazing. When you look at it and

1:53:391:53:45

compare yourself with other

athletes, yeah could finish in the

1:53:451:53:47

top three, I didn't imagine I was

ever going to win this. Come so

1:53:471:53:51

close in to 12, then you know, but

-- in 2012, then you know, anything

1:53:511:53:57

can happen. Dig deep, keep working.

I want to thank everyone who's

1:53:571:54:01

supported me. It's been an

incredible journey. It's very

1:54:011:54:03

exciting. I'm looking forward to the

marathon and I'm very excited. Gary

1:54:031:54:08

my coach is out there tonight, as

you all know, preparing for the

1:54:081:54:13

London Marathon and is help me out.

It's tough. It's not as easy as I

1:54:131:54:18

thought it's going to be the

marathon training. It's getting

1:54:181:54:20

there. It's about understanding each

other and working. It is hard work,

1:54:201:54:26

but anything can happen. You know,

as an athlete, what I have achieved

1:54:261:54:31

has been incredible over the years.

For all the youngsters out there,

1:54:311:54:34

the people out there, you know, you

can work hard and you can achieve

1:54:341:54:37

your dreams. Anything is possible in

life, if you believe in it, work at

1:54:371:54:42

it and keep grafting, grafting,

anything is possible. What an

1:54:421:54:47

amazing night it is. I wish I was

there, unfortunately sorry I can't

1:54:471:54:50

be there guys. I'm with my family.

The kids haven't been as well. It's

1:54:501:54:57

all exciting for us. Just can't

believe I won.

1:54:571:55:04

Well, he did and that interview seen

by 10,000 or so in the Liverpool

1:55:041:55:10

Echo Arena, you've had your chance

now. We heard from Paula what he's

1:55:101:55:12

been up to and how the year lies

ahead for him. We should just give a

1:55:121:55:16

mention as well to this event and

this is the final time it's going to

1:55:161:55:21

be staged in Edinburgh. 30-year

anniversary of the event, at the

1:55:211:55:24

beginning of the show today you

looked back on some of the great

1:55:241:55:28

runners in this event, when it was

in the north-east. It's moved

1:55:281:55:31

around. We don't know where the new

home will be. Whoever gets to host

1:55:311:55:35

this will have a great event on

their hands.

They will. It will be a

1:55:351:55:39

privilege to host it. It will be a

privilege to go and race there. Big

1:55:391:55:42

thank you to Edinburgh for having

done such a great job hosting this

1:55:421:55:46

event. We've seen great racing here.

Even before the - this event came

1:55:461:55:52

here, the European cross-country

championships on this course. I'm

1:55:521:55:54

sure we will see great cross-country

racing on this course. It will move

1:55:541:55:59

now a different venue for this event

and look forward to seeing good

1:55:591:56:02

racing there too.

It's helped to

drive cross-country, this event and

1:56:021:56:05

certainly the positioning that it is

in the year and you know, the fact

1:56:051:56:08

that it has predominantly been in

the north-east and in Scotland, it's

1:56:081:56:11

meant weather conditions have been

so juicy, haven't they, we've had

1:56:111:56:16

muddy, snowy, sleet driven events.

It has. I think it was Chris Derrick

1:56:161:56:21

said in an interview, it's been true

cross-country racing. We've seen a

1:56:211:56:24

bit of everything. We've had really

warm days out here racing. We've had

1:56:241:56:28

some really snowy days. I personally

have run in races here up and down

1:56:281:56:34

the slopes, not here, but where you

needed 15, 18mm spikes to stay on

1:56:341:56:38

your feet on the snow and ice.

Bikele, Paula Radcliffe, a long time

1:56:381:56:45

ago. Steve Tunstall, the first

runner. He joined the French Foreign

1:56:451:56:51

Legion and somebody saw he won a

major Championship and realised he

1:56:511:56:54

was from Preston and won the first

event. So many great athletes have

1:56:541:56:58

gone on to do fantastic things in

their careers. They will continue to

1:56:581:57:03

do that as well. The indoor season

is to come, the world indoors in

1:57:031:57:07

Birmingham.

Uh-huh. The world

indoors in Birmingham. A lot of the

1:57:071:57:10

athletes are, would go towards that.

Closely followed by the Commonwealth

1:57:101:57:13

Games down in Brisbane. A quick turn

around for athletes hoping to double

1:57:131:57:17

up at both of those. Then we've got

the London Marathon, quickly into

1:57:171:57:21

that as well. Then back to the

European championships in Berlin.

1:57:211:57:25

We've got a stretched out year. Some

good racing, some interesting

1:57:251:57:28

racing. Some people choosing to skip

some of those. Some people choosing

1:57:281:57:32

to focus more on one than the other.

That's what makes it interesting, to

1:57:321:57:36

see people make those choices and

where are they going to go. Where it

1:57:361:57:41

Laura Muir going to race.

You have

to do that. Because the Commonwealth

1:57:411:57:46

is early in the season it poses

interesting challenges. I've worked

1:57:461:57:49

out one thing here, it's only just

dawned on me, watching the archive,

1:57:491:57:53

I know why I tease Paula, she never

seems to need any clothes, you spent

1:57:531:57:59

your life wearing knickers and a

vest running round in this! You're

1:57:591:58:02

so hard. Thank you for your company

today. Great to see you. I hope you

1:58:021:58:05

enjoyed today. It's a truly

wonderful event. It's for the

1:58:051:58:10

masses, everything single -- every

single runner and for the elite. We

1:58:101:58:14

hope it will continue for years to

come. From all of us here in

1:58:141:58:17

Edinburgh, goodbye.

# Wouldn't it be good to be on your

1:58:171:58:29

side

# The grass is always greener over

1:58:291:58:34

there

# Wouldn't it be good if we could

1:58:341:58:39

live without a care.

# Wouldn't it be good to be on your

1:58:391:58:48

side, the grass is always greener

over there.

1:58:481:58:53

# Wouldn't it be good if we could

1:58:531:58:56

Gabby Logan presents live coverage from the scenic surroundings of Holyrood Park.

In the shadow of Arthur's Seat, the annual curtain raiser to the athletics calendar sees teams from Great Britain, Europe and the USA go head to head in senior and junior races.

Many of the British team that topped the medal table at the recent European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia are involved, alongside former European track silver medallist Andy Vernon.

Double European indoor champion Laura Muir competes in the ever-popular mixed team relay event in which the Home Nations, Europe and USA race against each other over four 1km laps.

Steve Cram is joined by Paula Radcliffe in the commentary box.