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
hills, the surges, the speed of the
start. 30 years of passion. 30 years
of glory. 30 years of competition.
All great champions. Now with the
great winter run, the masses get if
you'll be experienced and share in
the emotions of the event. 30 years
Welcome to Edinburgh for the 30th
International cross-country event
and it is here in Edinburgh that the
race has been run in the last few
years and what a place to celebrate,
the 30th, the landmark birthday, the
crowds come out and enjoy the elite
athletes and the mass participation
events. Nestled just underneath
Arthur's seat in this glorious
capital city that today has welcomed
the sun. Not as cold as it's been in
recent years, certainly a couple of
years ago when it was shrouded in
snow and rain but very good
conditions, drizzle overnight means
it will perhaps be a bit muddy
underfoot but most of the runners
quite enjoyed out. As Paul alluded
to, this is an inclusive event. For
anyone and everyone and the races
start early this morning with people
running in all kinds of abilities,
so who better to go out there and
check the runners and riders than
The great Edinburgh
winter run. 3500 people will make up
the masses that take root the iconic
Arthur's seat. Five kilometres and
it is for anyone and everyone. Some
people will do to stay fit and have
fun, some doing it for reasons much
closer to their hearts.
massive challenge me, I'm not the
kind of person who wakes up in the
morning and things I want to go for
a run. Gets home from work and
things let's put on the trainers.
I'm not a runner, I'm not in any way
The run in Edinburgh, it
will be quite emotional. Been
through chemotherapy, surgery,
beating cancer, so you know what,
get up that hill and get on with it!
We will hear more from those
inspirational women later on but
first of all, we were down at the
start of the masses race and joined
up with the group of runners from
Who are these guys.
We're an athletics club in the
Scottish Borders, teach from
five-year-old is right up to
65-year-olds. Running, javelin, high
jump, long jump, you name it, we
Today you are taking on
the five care but training for
something much bigger. John O'Groats
to lands end, how's it going?
July this year, we're doing a
challenge for you on nonstop from
John O'Groats to lands end, over 900
miles in 12 days. 80 miles per day,
so this is part of the training for
that event, a bit of a challenge but
looking forward to it.
Are you doing
that as a bit of a relay?
runner at a time and do eight miles
each day and work your way down the
country and hopefully completed in
12 days. He was training
for that and for today been going?
It's going well, we train twice a
week. With the club and do a Sunday
run which we are upping the miles to
try to get ready for running 80
miles in a week.
Best of luck for
you today and we can't wait to see
how you get on today but I can't
wait to find out how you get on in
the massive challenge later in the
Let's just remind you how the
whole event works in terms of points
for the elite athletes because there
are quite a few different races that
contribute to the overall total. The
International challenge. This is
made up of the following.
International challenge. This is
made up of the following.
Clement USA, Europe and Great
Britain in that one.
That total has been very tight in
recent years. The team at a lower
score winning and
recent years. The team at a lower
score winning and the points really
do matter because it's come down to
do matter because it's come down to
the finest margins. Very dramatic
finishes we had of late and if you
think this is a group of individual
runners getting together to see how
they are working over the
cross-country with other races in
mind, it's about a lot more than
that, victory which really does
matter to these guys and Chris
Berry, the USA captain has sent the
first shot across the bows.
Berry. Really excited to come back
to Scotland and race. One of the
best places to race. Whenever I'm
there I hear that Americans don't
know anything about true
cross-country. Did you know that a
US man has won the last five
editions and bringing three of those
guys back for the 20 18th edition
and they expect we will show once
again that we know a little
something of running over hills!
USA runners do love coming to the
Scottish capital and they
USA runners do love coming to the
Scottish capital and they have been
very strong over the last five years
or so, winning the individual and
the team events and it women's six
kilometres which goes on, a strong
field, last year's champion.
Watch out for these races. Of
course, other events today. One of
them doesn't contribute towards the
them doesn't contribute towards the
points. It's the mixed relay, hugely
popular event. Meadow Park four
runners, two women and two man.
Laura brought home the battle for
Great Britain with the fastest time
for the women of the day and to
continue the success of 2016 in
terms of breaking British record,
the 1500 metre record holder, double
European indoor champion last year,
had a great showing at the World
Championships but she's also a
veterinary student and this is the
final year of her study so she won't
be competing with Scotland in the
Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast
in April but she wasn't there to
miss out on coming here and giving
the Scottish crowd something to
Last year, this race
was a cracking start to the year for
you, back again issue, you must have
I always love racing
here in Edinburgh, he was a great
atmosphere and I enjoy racing here
for the last couple of years and
it's great to be back.
relay idea is catching on.
to be really popular and the
athletes enjoy it and we are
encouraged to get behind it and it's
the sort of a great opportunity for
lots of athletes to get together and
get a really good team atmosphere.
What do you get out of it in terms
of your preparations for the year?
It's good to get racing again, this
time of year before endorsed as
competing, it's Mainz to have a
lower pressure race and get out
there in the cross-country and get
out racing and back into the mindset
ahead of the indoors.
who maybe don't know an awful lot
about it would say hang on, she won
in last weekend and I watched you in
Glasgow the first race of the year
and then the switch to the country
this week. First front of the year
running 3000. Both the indoor track
and the cross-country I am familiar
with. Quite easy for me to switch
between the two and that's only one
kilometre, so not too far.
is looking stunning out here today.
Perfect backdrop for some great
international athletes looking to
see how they are exactly out on the
cross-country and Laura Muir will be
no exception, she is in the Great
Britain team, mixed-race points
don't count towards the overall
total but it's a fantastic event and
we headed to our commentary team
which is a mixed team, only fair
that Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram
the cited tussle over the baton.
It should be ladies first, but no!
Is good to be the men who go first,
like in the race. It is becoming a
more regular occurrence, we had a
first-ever event that the world
cross-country championships and then
it followed in the European Cross
country championship in which Great
Britain won the gold medal in
December and you might have watch
that in our coverage, so this is an
event that happened last year, you
have Laura talking about is part of
a new trend and Tom Marshall was
part of that gold medal team. The
only member of that gold medal team
was here today but he will lead off
Great Britain, strong teams
everywhere you look. Belgium, on the
far side. A very good young English
team, juniors, all four of them, we
will go through them as we get
going. The Scottish team, that's
going to be very interesting.
Standing there is Jenny Williamson,
I used to run against his dad many
years ago. Still the Scottish
record-holder for the 1000 metres.
Jimmy hoping to carry on a good
strong family tradition. Quick start
and Tom Marshall at the back. Unlike
the relay, we can interject with a
female voice. It is a fun event but
it means a lot to the athletes, this
is their domain. Attracting people
Gets a good, fun event and
an opportunity for those track
specialists to share in the
cross-country atmosphere racing on
the surface without having to test
themselves over the longer distance
and it brings the whole team
together, a lot of fun and
camaraderie out there and they will
stay around and cheer on the other
races later on but important for
them to raise well to kick off even
though the really doesn't count
towards the team standings to kick
it off straightaway, he has really
set out with a vengeance. Conditions
are good for the track runners,
particularly this section can be
madly along there, not too bad at
all. Little bit sticky in some
parts. He will be able to move
through this. 1500 metre man but an
under 23 cross-country champion at
European level, the perfect mix.
kilometre. England now, in the shape
of James, moving to second place,
Tom Marshall back in fourth place
but just starting to close up little
bit. He started very quickly, the
stickiest section here and I don't
think there will be much to choose
between them all at the end of the
first leg and then they will hand
over to the first two women. Man,
women, man, women. Laura Muir Going
on the last leg.
Tom Marshall has to
move up a bit more. Tom Marshall
could do with moving up to close
that gap towards him. Now paying the
price a little bit for having set
off so fast. It's a strong team, the
Belgian team. Wants to give them a
good start, handing over to Sophie.
And then Jerome. A strong team
following him but now we see more of
the runners. Coming through to
contest an handing over the battle.
Gomez looking good. Tom Marshall for
Great Britain is struggling and look
there. Not too much to choose very
front. Belgium leading from Europe
from Ireland. Great Britain towards
the back. Alex Bell has the baton
for great Britain but at the front
it is Belgium, with Sophie leading.
Laura Kraut for Ireland just
settling in. Now Europe pushing on.
Pereira deciding she will not hang
around. The race really. The gaps
appearing. Trying to close on these
top three. She doesn't need to do
that, as to... Stephanie Penicuik
has had a good winter and trying to
follow Alex Bell.
Alex Bell made up
the ground quickly and goes down the
Belgian runner. Moving out our
heads, it is Pereira and the whole
of the European team is the Spanish
team which finished in bronze medal
position in the European
cross-country Jazz Richards, so they
are in good shape and used to
working together an jazzing it well
so far. Alex Bell has moved quickly
through and running strongly at this
point. She is an 800-metre runner,
so a bit of a step up in distance,
certainly attest over the terrain
but I guess she has done some
preparation and cross-country races
to prepare for this.
Alex has been
concentrating a lot more on her
endurance. Working with Andy
Henderson in Leeds and she ran very
well in the Liverpool cross-country
for the senior team, the full event.
Wasn't selected for that gold-medal.
She was in contention. We had Sarah
She was in contention. We had Sarah
McDonald. Two legs. Female legs in
that event. Alex could have gone
there. Look what she has done there.
Pereira went off way too hard.
Ireland, Great Britain and Europe.
Laura Kraut looking comfortable but
Alex Bell close the gap quickly.
Settled in here now and I wonder
whether she can just push on at the
end and get a couple of seconds gap.
She is looking very strong,
particularly on the uphill, the best
of those three are she loses a
little bit. Didn't get that section
right to negotiate the downhill.
It's tricky because the grass on the
hills is a lot longer than on the
rest of the course.
Bit of work on the cornering but
manoeuvring nicely through there.
Looks very relaxed, very strong and
four on 800-metre runner. Real good
confidence boost for her this
winter. Going very well for her so
far. Set her up nicely and running
well. Laura Kraut having to work,
Pereira trying to get back. Surely
Alex Bell having a bit different.
She hands over to Adam Clark. Laura
She hands over to Adam Clark. Laura
Muir on The Last Leg.
rallied well here, after a fast
start, the European team,
effectively the Spanish team may
just have a slim advantage here.
It's Europe and Ireland and Great
Britain locked together. Only a
second between the top three teams.
Then there's a gap. So Ruiz takes
the baton for Europe. Ireland, Kelly
chasing him down. Adam Clark for
Great Britain. Belgium trying to get
back in here.
back in here.
He's a 3. 36 1500m
runner. He is capable of making up
that ground and running well. Adam
Clark also I would say is capable of
running faster than his 1500m
personal best. Maybe reflects he
spends a lot of time doing the pace
making, leading out sessions for the
likes of Mo Farah on training camps.
Recently back from a training stint.
He is in good shape. Judging it well
as he moves onto the shoulder of
Kelly and starts to try and make up
ground on Ruiz.
He's looking strong
the Spaniard. But Clark may have
judged his effort well. He's moved
nicely into second place.
nicely into second place. Laura Muir
on The Last Leg. Remember how well
she ran last year. That 3,000m race
last week setting her up nicely but
she'll want to come away with a
victory for Britain here. That's a
couple of seconds for Adam Clark to
Troy and close that -- try and close
that gap. Ruiz still running strong.
I think the gap is growing. Ruiz is
working hard. He was pulling away a
bit. Adam Clark starting to close it
again. He warrants to close it as
much as possible to give -- wants to
close it as much as possible. So
long as he gives Laura enough of a
chance to make up that gap and use
the strength that she has. Now Ruiz
looks over his shoulder and realises
how much ground Adam Clark has made
Clarke getting cheered on by the
British contingent. They know that
he can be a really redoubtable
competitor when he wants to be. Now
he's attacking early here. Ruiz just
responding. These two well clear of
Belgium in third place, ahead of
Ireland. Clark wants to give Laura
Muir the advantage. It won't be a
big one. Belgium closing all the
time. They're finishing quickly. Has
Clark judged this well?
He needs to
find something else because Belgium
has launched his shoot for the
finish. He is making up that ground
fast. May even close down on Ruiz.
Adam Clark needs to stay in contact
as best he can now and get the baton
Europe lead, Belgium
second, Great Britain third, Laura
Muir has the baton. She's going to
be chasing the Belgian 800m
champion. I think there's only one
winner this if you ask me. There's
only going to be one winner against
Guerro as well, the Spanish athlete
in front. How long does Laura Muir
want to wait? My guess is not very
long. Europe had a slim advantage.
Maybe a couple of seconds there, you
see from the slit times at end of
lap three. Laura's got quickly to
the front, settled and already just
starting to forge ahead.
showing her experience on this
ground as well. She moves a little
bit wider. She's looking for the
better surface. She's looking for
the ground that's a bit less cut up
and gives her a cleaner run at it.
Quickly she's moved that the those
two and is forging ahead. She's not
interested in waiting to sit behind
them and work harder in the second
half. She's attacking from the
start. She's probably attacking for
that course record that she already
Yeah, she ran under three
minutes round hire last year, which
you know, cross country courses are
measured, they're not always as
accurate as the track. Assuming it's
close to a kilometre, which it is,
then that 2. 53 last year was very
quick. She was chasing for longer
last year. So she's got to the front
very quickly here. So it may be that
she'll just settle and keep working
hard, assure herself and her team of
the victory. Look at that, well, to
be fair, the other two are not in
her class as a track runner, apart
from anything else. Laura doesn't do
too many cross-countries. She tends
to run the Scottish relay, which she
ran earlier in the year, one or two
of the longer races as well. She was
saying in her interview, uses
indoors and this event to prepare
for what's ahead, world indoor
championships, not going to the
Commonwealth Games, of course. She's
still, this is her final year of her
studies, to be a vet. They clash in
May as she's got plenty of exams and
sadly can't go and compete at the
Commonwealth Gamesment but the
European championships in the summer
will be her main target. At the
moment, the Scottish crowd here
really enjoying seeing their
champion, their superstar, Laura
Muir stretching her lead, working
hard to bring the baton home for
Yeah and she'll be
enjoying this. She loves getting the
chance to come out and race in front
of the crowds here in Scotland. Just
to race hard as well at the moment.
She's been working hard on her
studies, putting in 60-hour weeks in
her work as a veterinary student
there. To be able to come out and
just run hard and just get back to
racing is something that she's been
looking forward to for a while.
She's enjoying this now, stretching
out, really is shifting, going
through the gears, working hard. A
bit of a tough race last week. She
went out and was running against
men. She went out hard the first
kilometre, worked really hard to
hang onto it. Today she's been able
to enjoy, the adulation of this
crowd, it's a victory for Great
Britain and for Laura Muir. The
winning time 11. 34 there abouts.
We'll tide that up. Close for
second. Belgium just beating the
Spanish team, running for Europe.
Laura quickly gets the blanket
around her. Ireland come in in
fourth. Scotland I think it is
coming in fifth place. Once Laura
got the baton there was never really
any doubt, as long as she was close
enough because she's so much better
than the athletes she was against
no. Disrespect to them. But Laura is
in a different class.
in a different class. Jake Whiteman
running on the third leg. With
enever got the chance to see Jake.
It was Great Britain, having won the
our peen championships in December
with a different -- European
championships in December with a
different team and then coming away
with the victory. Laura's time 3.
01. Slower than last year but
probably because she wasn't chasing
alling the way.
-- chasing all the way.
It's a bit
of an inexact science getting those
lap times. They don't know if the
course is set out exactly the same
as the year before. It's more some
personal target for Laura to try and
aim for the time that she ran last
year. The biggest thing was she got
a good run out and she looked very
impressive. She maybe laid to rest a
few demons from last week which were
nagging at her. She felt that she
tied up in the middle. She hadn't
really. She just went out very hard.
A great run from Laura Muir. She's
with Gabby now.
She is. But she's just taking a well
deserved swig of her water there.
You made it look very, very easy out
there. But tell us how it felt to
It was quite tough. No, I know
when Adam came round and he was
close to the fropt, I thought I've
got to work really hard and reach
her. I got to the front and left a
bit in the front until the very end.
Put the foot down the last 200 and
came away with the win.
in commentary, 60 hours some weeks
on your studies and making the
sacrifice of not going to the
Commonwealth Games because it's your
final year. You've got the world
indoors, you want to be in shape for
the championships later in the
summer, how difficult has it been to
work out the plan?
It's been lucky
that the vet school has been so
supportive. My coach has been by my
side every step of the way. We put
everything planned for years. It's a
matter of getting it all done this
year and hopefully winning a medal
the the world indoors. That would be
great and graduating as a vet and
then hopefully the Europeans as
What a year that would be. All
that sacrifice in terms of saying no
Commonwealth Games, but to come out
of this year being a fully qualified
vet and one of the great middle
distance athletes in the world. It's
not easy. It sounds it, but it's
No, it's very, very tough. You
know you've got to have good time
management and just when your
priorities are running and
veterinary, that's all you do.
Working with small animals?
working at a hospital just now.
Yeah all going fine.
I don't know, it's
a bit nervewracking in surgery but
this was tough here today.
day as it comes. Thank you so much
Laura, many successes as the season
goes on. We will see new Glasgow in
a few weeks. Steve can wrap up the
race for us. It was a good one for
No video referees required. It was
fairly straightforward. Great
Britain winning 11. 33.
Tom marshal ran 2. 46 and Adam Clark
it. 2. 42.
So impressive listening to Laura
describing the challenges of her
week, you know, one of the most
difficult demanding of the medical
degrees, veterinary studies and a
top international athlete balancing
everything. A great inspiration and
if you want more inspiration, well
there were plenty of stories in the
masses races this morning. Here's JJ
with a few more of them.
The runners will be going off in
four waves. It's a gruelling uphill
to begin with. What goes up must
come down and they'll finish with
the wind in their sails.
Where have you travelled from?
you can see, we are part of Aycliffe
running club in County Durham.
were here last year. What do you
make of the route?
hill. But great scenery across the
Do you know what the route is
No idea. Not been before. Most
of our running is fell running,
which is like on the hills any way.
There's a few hills in it, it won't
It's just a little hill.
Where have you come from?
Have you taken part in
No, I haven't. My son
was selected to run for the north of
Scotland in the under 13s, so we
decided to come along and give the
race a go ourselves.
Do you know
anything about the track?
going to be fun. I'll find out on
the way round.
The great winter run
is the perfect way to begin your
year. For one runner, Vicky, it's
the beginning of an epic year,
seeing her do a combined 175
kilometres. Today is the first five.
In August 2014, my dad was feeling a
bit unwell. It was really unusual
for my dad to be ill. So he went to
the doctor. They ran some tests and
then at the beginning of October, he
was diagnosed with myeloma. That's a
bone marrow cancer. It wasn't
something that we had ever heard of
before. But within a couple weeks of
the diagnosis, my dad ended up in
hospital. His vertebrae had begun to
collapse. He had to go to hospital.
Then he spent weeks flat on his
back. He had to have a back brace
built for him to be able to sit up
even. The cancer, a type of cancer
which is classed as remitting
repeating, so at times he'll be in
remission and you know, we
absolutely find that way, but then
the cancer can return and he is
still on chemotherapy just now. I
wanted to do something that was a
challenge to me to raise some
awareness and also some funds for
pie Liama UK. They've -- myeloma UK.
They've been amazing support. I
decided to start running because I
was watching the great Scottish run
with my parents last October. I
don't think my family could quite
believe that I was doing this. It's
a massive challenge for me. I'm not
the kind of person who wakes up in
the morning and thinks - I want to
go for a run today. Or gets home
from work and thinks - yeah, let's
put the trainers on. I'm not a
runner. I'm not in any way athletic.
My dad is amazing. The only thing
that he's ever actually complained
about through this whole
three-and-a-half years so far is the
fact he used to be 6'2" and now he's
5'8". I think he's 5'7", because I
am, but I'm giving him the extra
inch to make him feel a bit better.
When I cross that finish line in
Edinburgh, I think I'm going to be
pretty elated. The sense of
achievement, actually getting to the
end of it and completing that,
particularly as it's the first of my
year of challenges, it's going to be
How was that?
It was great. It's
some hill. But a real sense of
achievement actually getting up that
in the first place. Then when you
come round the corner and see the
view of Edinburgh, it's beautiful.
You know it's downhill from there,
That's a big hill. A
challenging 5k and quite a
challenging 5k to start this
Yes, this is my
first event. I've never run before
at all. Yeah, so everything will be
downhill from here, between now and
the end of September, when I do the
great Scottish run, the last of the
events I'm doing.
Who is this with
Buddy. So I'm running for
myeloma UK. Myeloma have these
buddies. I have one of them. He's
coming with me every kilometre he'll
How is this as a way to
start the year?
I think it's good to
start the year with a bit of asense
of achievement and something like
that. It's a great motivation to
keep going. I know I can do it now.
I had that anythingling doubt before
-- niggling doubt, can I do it? But
I can. It's good.
inspiration. Thank you
Is well under Vicky, an incredible
year of challenges. If you fancy a
challenge go to the BBC sports
website and you can find all sorts
of clubs and activities if you want
to get moving and why not, you can
be inspired by the elite athletes
and we're turning our attention to
the races when it comes to points.
The mixed relay points do not count
but they do from now on and turning
our attention to the junior races
first. COMMENTATOR: Two Junior
races, the men went off first and a
real opportunity to get off to a
good start in this team event, USA
did very well last year and this
event and expected to do equally
well this year. Settled down with
the European trying to take control.
We just had the European
cross-country championships before
Christmas and quite a few athletes
coming out of the junior ranks on
January one, so some of them not
eligible to compete. The Great
Britain team, Jayden Hayward,
European junior track champion was
up there early on but it was his
team-mate Matt Willis who started to
get involved with the other
Europeans. The two guys running for
the European team. The Norwegian
kept pushing, he was in the favoured
beforehand but he kept setting the
pace. The USA, the only one of their
contingent to stay in contact and
Willis was doing a good job and
eventually four of them broke away,
four lapse, six kilometres of
running and once these four got
away, the winner was going to come
from this group. For a little while
it looked like it could be Matthew
Willis but all of a sudden with 300
metres to go, up the hill and across
the last jump across the stream, the
Norwegian who looked very much at
home in these conditions who had a
real turn of pace at the end. These
three run against each other and the
European cross-country championships
and Willis finished ahead of the
other two but this time he had to
settle for third. It was a good race
for the European team and it meant
with those of two finishers that
Europe, it was very tight, Garcia in
fifth. Britain had three in the top
eight. It came down to just one
point. It was Europe who came out on
top. Europe finishing ahead of Great
Britain and the USA. Coda those
points continue into the women's
Congratulations Matthew Willis, the
first British runner over the line,
how are conditions out there?
cold but a really good cause, I
really enjoyed it, especially the
little stream, as a bit of fun and
an extra dimension.
on the course?
Yes, especially when
the bell went on the last lap, they
were really loud.
underfoot? A bit drizzly overnight,
will it get churned up as the day
Yes, getting progressively
Do you love that?
cross-country runners always love a
bit of mud.
Written in second place
after that race.
Really happy with
that. -- Great Britain. Did we have
come together and managed to get a
come together and managed to get a
Junior women's race, there
was a prerace favourite, right in
the middle you can see Jasmine
running for Europe, the Dutch
athlete finished second year last
year, really good performance at the
recent European cross-country
championship and the European junior
champion on the track at 5000
metres. She knows this course at
Edinburgh and was expected to do
well but it was the Americans who
were right at the forefront, Claudia
lane and her team-mate. Just 16, the
pain of them, they set the pace. She
had company from her team-mate and
the best of the British contingent
Ceri Hughes and Brown were never too
far away but this young lady, the
16-year-old cameo who was very
strong and once she got a gap and 30
metres, it looked all over but the
contingent behind, the four of them
didn't seem too keen and chasing and
all of a sudden, Jasmine put in a
huge effort on the last lap and with
half a mile to go and it looked like
she might catch the American but
cameo found a bit extra --
cameo found a bit extra -- Jasmine
was outsprinted at the end by her
team-mate who got ahead of her for
second place. Europe's second and
third but the USA got the win.
All very close in the team race. The
individual results there.
Very close indeed and eventually
went to Great Britain. 26 points.
USA 27 points, Europe 30 and those
points will be carried forward to
the senior races. We had a word with
the victor, the 16-year-old
Winner of the women's junior race,
Kelsey. How did you find the course
out there today?
It was tough.
this your first time to Edinburgh.
How did you find a trip the other
day, a few of you went to the JK
Rowling famous cafe where she wrote
the Harry Potter book.
It was really
cool to see where she started
writing this series.
at Hughes event in America. -- a
huge event. Visit your favourite
It is, cross-country is
definitely my favourite, I like
running on the grass.
All the great historical
buildings you can see in Edinburgh
and you to the cafe
buildings you can see in Edinburgh
and you to the cafe where JK ruling
went to Harry Potter.
and you to the cafe where JK ruling
went to Harry Potter. I'm getting
old, let's tidy up the standings as
we head into the senior races,
Europe with the lead. 48 points but
all to play for, Great Britain 36,
USA 59, USA and a better position
last year, so they will be
disappointed with that and Europe
disappointed with that and Europe
Just like that kid just nestling in
the rock with his can of pop. Good
vantage point for the course. The
panic were you want to see the best
action. Paula Radcliffe has joined
me from the commentary box. This is
an event that's close to your heart,
you have one mango trees and raced
it many times and conditions vary
over the years, that's what makes it
exciting. From what you've seen so
far, is producing some good races?
Yes it is, is always produced good
races and it's always been a way to
really kick off the year and a good
way to come out after the Christmas
break and the New Year break and put
a lot of training and, eating a lot
during Christmas, come out with
energy and start of the year well
and that is what it's always been
for me. I can remember 30 years ago
coming up as a kid and driving up
from Bedford in the morning to, and
raced this north cross-country and
it's always been an important
At the top of the show
might you told us the great names
who have run and won this race.
Let's have a look at the elite
women's race that was off in five
minutes, points very much county and
you've picked out a few of your
favourites. Yasmin, the winner last
year, looking strong again.
looking strong, she has been
training in Kenya and as she did
before the race last year, she ran
it so strongly to winning the
it so strongly to winning the
European Championships. Just one
month ago in Slovakia. Run very
strong there and it will be
important to her to run well and
important to her to run well and
raced here today and important to
the other girls to be able to out
and compete with.
Who are the main
There will be a
strong team, we have Jess Judd.
Harry Jones making the step up, she
is now a senior, she is still
running and had some very good
results behind her as a junior but
now it will be important for her to
come out and race and ran well last
year but to race well again and to
race amongst the seniors start off
her year in the senior ranks.
successful as part of the team who
won the overall championship, do you
feel from the women's side of things
that British cross-country running
is in rude health?
I do, Laura
started out really well, we had a
good win Ndebele and it's good for
the rest of the team, they will have
been out there as they are warming
up for their races. To see them race
well and to see a lot of people turn
out today to cheer on all of the
runners, that is important and you
see this success breeding success,
one of our more successful
cross-country championships and we
will want to build on that and keep
working through the rest of this
year for the European Championship
and Commonwealth Games.
year. Thank very much, good to hear
your thoughts, six kilometre race,
four large lapse, let's see what the
team captains think of their teens.
The women senior team has a lot of
experience. You look at them and
there's a lot of names and people,
they had been in the top ranks of
the US for a long time. A few up and
comers coming out of Michigan.
have a strong team. The British
girls, was on home turf, they will
always be strong.
She will head the
front very early. Jones, she won the
European junior cross-country
Championships, so she will the one
to look out for. Experience with
Louise Damon and she will not want
to make it a slow race.
is the biggest name, winner of the
European Cross country Championships
and she won back here last year, so
they will be chasing.
she is been around the track,
cross-country, her range is huge,
than a few cross-country races. She
has a name everybody is going to
knock on the most experienced won.
Team Europe is a bit different than
the British team are the American
team because they probably know each
other a bit better. We generally for
the Europeans, we race against each
other a lot but not with each other,
so this is very different. Dean
Evans are always exciting, so it's
nice to run with people and against
people that you usually just run
I tell you what, you've got
to be a bit of a daredevil to patch
up on the edge of Arthur 's seat. A
long way up there but a good place
to ponder and think about life at
the beginning of the New Year.
Almost ready to go off in the
women's elite race. Six kilometres,
four large lapse and in the
commentary book, Paula Radcliffe and
Steve Cram. COMMENTATOR:
commentary book, Paula Radcliffe and
Steve Cram. COMMENTATOR: Pretty nice
day in Edinburgh for cross-country,
a little chilly but it is January,
that's what you'd expect. New Year's
Eve always a great night out in
Edinburgh. A lot of the American
contingent, this is an event which
they have loved over the years and
love coming to Edinburgh. Great
venue, great backdrop, Arthur 's
seat. Worst conditions over the
years, not too bad at all today.
There's Desi Linden. The veteran of
the team. In good form as well,
recently raced against a few of the
runners here. Not the favourite. She
said herself, the favourite is in
her team. She has won the trials,
was part of an exceptionally strong
British team to the European
cross-country Championships. We
mention the fact that Harry Jones
has moved into the senior ranks
after her great victory in the
junior race, there she is on the
right of your picture.
So, usual quick start and they will
settle down fairly quickly. Six
kilometres, not that far really for
women at this level, they will often
raise much further salt should be a
good test nonetheless on this
terrain, four lapse, each lap is
1500 metres. Your maths are as good
as mine. The early leader. Barker,
her team-mate, one might very
her team-mate, one might very well
right on the outside, looking for
but the prerace favourite,
but the prerace favourite, ...
Won the Kenyans who run for Turkey
now, the two guys running the senior
race. Involved in Kenya training,
preparing for this, the training
camp that many of the British
athletes attend at altitude. Come
down specially for the race today.
Jess Stewart on the right-hand side.
I think, six kilometres for Jess, a
bit more into her domain and not too
muddy today. The British women will
be hoping to form well. Settling
down. Sometimes she likes to go
right from the off and get moving
and given its only six kilometres I
thought that's what she might do
today. Make it a good hard test from
the start. She is leading, but not
started to quickly here.
I don't know whether her spikes
caught, she lost her balance that.
Momentum has taken her to the front.
She's not doing a huge amount with
it. You can see the others packing
behind her. She's starting to string
out a bit on the inside there.
Mollie Sidle of the Usmanov team.
She ran very well in the midnight
run in New York on New Year's Eve.
Cold conditions but ran very well to
win that. It's going to be
positively balmy for her today.
an L not an R.
an L not an R. Barker great
performance from her in the European
championships. One thing that talk
about with this early stages is why
course cans produce different
results for runners. A cross-country
course can come in all sorts of
different guises. Depend ago that,
often -- depending on that, there's
no way Heath would normally beat Mo
Farah on a road, but you put in a
bit of mud and you get those sorts
of results. Courses do suit certain
athletes. You can get them run the
trials with a certain type of
course, it was quite muddy in
Liverpool this year. The team gets
picked. You go to the champs and
people who were fourth in the trials
come higher up. You know they beat
their team-mates in the actual
championships because the course
there is different.
absolutely. I mean the different
types of courses suit different
runners, so somebody with a much
longer stride, someone like Mo Farah
will prefer a drier course and won't
like the muddier courses that are
more cut up, much more heavy on the
legs and make it harder to use the
speed that he has in the closing
stages. That's why Gary Heath was
quoted as saying that the muddier
the better for him. It slows
everyone down and people can't get
away from you and it becomes more of
a strength race.
a strength race.
Well, the hills
have an effect on that as well. It's
not just the under foot conditions.
It breaks up your rhythm and this
section of the course is more
technical. Can stretching out.
Barker is well up as well. Maybe
surprised to see her ahead of some
Simon. Finula is further back. She's
tucked in there not far behind
Kurechka. Europe packing well. We
mentioned Harriet Knowles Jones
andErity Ockendom who finished ahead
of Finula. She's in the team there.
I think Andy Vernon mentioned Louise
Damon. Philipa Bowden and Phoebe
Law. They're all in there. Only four
to count within the team race.
Sorry, excuse me, six to count in
this. Four in the juniors. Six in
the seniors. Certainly not hanging
around now. She's stretched out,
settled around the first lap. I'm
surprised that Barca is trying so
hard to go with her. She might be
thinking OK we know what's going to
happen here. Just got to pace
yourself. Again cross-country, one
They are in rough by the
positions they finished in the
championships, barring the Americans
in that. First, fourth and fifth
now. I think Barca is trying to
maintain contact with Can and not
allow the gap to grow too much in
the first couple of laps. Now it is
starting to grow. You can see Barca
has made that decision or it has
been forced upon her. But she's
starting to drop back towards the
group behind her. Yasmin Can is
starting the long run over this
course that she knows so well. She
has the experience of knowing how to
gauge her effort at different points
on this course, how to manage that
cambered section. That isn't as
cambered as in previous years along
that section there. Then when they
go up the hill, where the longer
tuftier grass and across the stream,
all those are different strategies
and techniques. That's why we call
it the more technical section of the
I think the standings will
definitely change as things move
through. But at the moment, Europe
have got a good lead. They've
started well. Barker is up there.
Burkhard is up there. Simon not too
far behind. McCormack as well. The
British contingent starting to move
through the field. I suspect that
gap in the points scoring will
shorten. Of course, massive for
Europe the fact that one of your
counters just counts one point. We
can almost hand that to her barring
any trip ups or accidents on the
route. I think she's just going to
keep opening that gap. Barca is
sticking to her task well that. Was
a really good performance from her.
The European cross-country
championships, we had the under 23
race and the junior race. Jess Judd
in the under 23.
in the under 23. Burkhardt is aiming
for that. She's up there already.
That was probably a surprise to
finish as high as she did in the
championships, but underlining the
fact here that is a true reflection
of the shape she's in. She's in very
good form. She's found a good batch
of training behind her and been able
to come out and race well over the
cross-country. She's obviously at
home on the different surfaces.
That's Mollie Sidle who has moved
into third. Slipped a bit down the
hill. Running well over this
surface. A big gap back to Jess Judd
Harriet Knowles-Jones going
through. She was pleased to get that
Gold Medal, her last race in the
junior ranks. Her mum and dad
watching there. It was emotional at
end. But it was a great race from
her on the day. There was a bit of
pressure on her. She was the
pre-race favourite. She delivered
and now moving into the senior
ranks. No under 23s here of course.
No stepping stone literally. Jump in
at the deep end.
She doesn't need a
stepping stone though. She's got a
good tradition. We talk about the
tradition and the strength of
cross-country running and the
history of it. Her father is Martin
Jones, on the last British team to
win a team medal at the world
cross-country championships along
with her coach. This eknow about
cross-country running. She probably
is relishing running on this course
and would like it to be more tough
in some of the points.
in some of the points.
forging through. She caught that
group who've had to settle down.
She's gone straight through them
there. They're responding to that.
Judging her effort well. Didn't want
to go off too hard. She's trying to
forge on. She's watching the
European champion continue to move
away. But she's in this quartet
away. But she's in this quartet now,
contesting second place. Coming
towards the end of the second lap.
Remember only four laps. Approaching
halfway here. Gerechka does well on
the tough courses. She ran great in
Liverpool in the trials. Maybe the
course in the champs didn't quite
suit her as much. It was a bit
quicker, twisty, turny. But she's so
She is. She's very strong
and she's taken her time to build
back. She missed a lot of time away
from training and racing with a
double stress fracture in her foot
in 2015. Then started training with
Chris Thompson and Gemma Simpson.
They've been coaching her and
brought her slowly back. You can see
she's gaining in confidence as well
as the strength with all the
training that she's getting under
her belt and also with the racing.
She took that first lap to kind of
feel out this course a bit.
Tommo doing a great job. Chris
actually raced on Friday, the
half-marathon in Doha. His third or
fourth he was telling me. And Gemma
as well. Didn't Chris finally pop
the question? #
He did. He said it
was harder getting up off his knees
than asking the question.
Congratulations to those two. Two of
our great athletes, Chris still
running. It is testimony to Amelia.
You just reminded me, this time last
year I was in the British training
camp. I went for a job with Amelia
and Chris. I'd had a knee operation.
I was running with Amelia. She was
just starting, running that slow,
running with me that slow. And Chris
was very conscious about how she was
going to have to be patient and
build and build. After that really
serious problem she had. A cracking
job. Look at this, she's moving
clear into second place. Can is
looking around there. It's a good
gap. Buff she's going to have to
keep -- but she's going to have to
keep working. Gorecka is pulling
Seidel away from her. The others
Barca paying the
price for having worked so hard on
the first lap. She's drifting back
to the chasing group. The British
team packing well. But they could
pick up a couple of those stragglers
as they start to come back towards
them. You can see when you look at
the front-on shot of Gorecka how
much she's worked on her core
strength and how her hips are really
not moving around despite the fact
that this course is tough. She does
need to pick her ground carefully
with. It she's really holding that
core stability really well. That's
reflected in the fact that she's
making up the ground and moving
quickly and well over the ground.
Yeah, when the race is only six
kilometres, you haven't got time to
set it, once you're into the rhythm
and you're working hard, they've
only got about 2K to go. She's only
about five seconds behind Can, if
this gap stayed the same, I'm not
sure how hard Can is running here,
but she's looking behind. She is a
little bit concerned because Gorecka
is closing, imper Septemberibly, a
little bit. Impercptibly. She knows
he's got a lap and a bit to go. It's
a good gap, a decent gap. But it's
one which Gorecka is just eating
I think she's eating
into it a little bit, but
significantly, she's opening up more
ground on Mollie Seidel behind her.
That is significant. Amelia can
finish fast. We say that she hasn't
maybe got the pace to live with Can,
particularly if Can has saved
something for the last couple of
hundred metres. But Amelia will be
able to find something. But more of
a buffer she has over Seidel, the
more ground she can make up on Can
over this will be significant.
Straight through the water. Amelia
Gorecka just making sure that she
keeps her eyes forward on the back
of Can, because behind her the gap
is growing. She doesn't have to
worry about charges, because there
are big gaps behind Seidel now, as
Barca is struggling. Positions are
changing further back. Jess Judd
moving well. Phoebe Law is going
really well. Good run from her at
this point. She's up there, ahead of
Harriet Knowles-Jones. The British
team slowly eating into the lead
that Europe had. And come to the end
of the last lap, one more lap to go,
of course. I don't think there's
going to be too much to choose
between Europe and Great Britain.
Every position they can make will be
significant. That's one of the
beauties of the team race in
cross-country. Every last scorer
counts. Sometimes the last scorer
counts for more because they can
pick off more places ahead of them.
Interestingly, our statistician has
told me that Gorecka ran exactly the
same time for the second lap as did
Dinesh Chandimal. That gap hasn't --
as did Can. The gap hasn't grown at
all. She's moving through but she's
not able to close down that four,
five second buffer in front.
Seidel is hanging on to Gorecka now.
She was moving away. Looked like she
was eating into the lead. Maybe that
effort has been one that she needs
to concentrate on holding onto
second. Seidel is just getting back
onto her shoulders. They drop down
towards the finish line to hear the
bell. One more lap to go. The
European champion, Can, representing
Europe here today is leading.
Probably four, five second lead over
Gorecka of Great Britain. Seidel is
moving alongside these two in second
and third. Then the gaps get bigger
was ego further back now. -- we go
further back now. Burkhardt ahead of
Barca who looks as though she's
struggling a bit, the Romain yard.
Trying to -- the Romanian.
Harriet Knowles Jones not far away
either. Those three need to work as
hard as they can and give Gorecka a
bit of support in terms of the team.
They've got their own private little
battle going on there. But it would
be good if they could just get ahead
of those two Europeans ahead of
That would be really good for
the British team. You could see on
that downhill section how much more
comfortable on the downhill part of
the course Mollie Seidel looked.
Amelia Gorecka's face, she's really
working hard. She's rallying. She's
managing to stay slightly ahead of
Seidel. Who is probably sitting on
her shoulder and may wait until the
last couple of hundred metres down
the downhill section now she knows
from the previous laps and
experience that she has the edge
over Gorecka on that section.
That you can see the team standings,
just ten points between the British
and the European team, closing all
That is the overall match standings,
which takes the two junior races
Europe lead from the USA and Great
Britain, second and third. Burkard
looking pretty strong. Phoebe Law is
closing down pretty quickly on
Burkard and Barca,
closing down pretty quickly on
Burkard and Barca, she has already
passed Barca. She could certainly
get into the top five, which would
be a great performance from her,
because she is ahead of her
team-mate, Jess Judd, Knowles-Jones
and Ockenden is not too far-away,
I am just wondering whether...
We will not get into it, we have
done this so many times. But Can
does not spend much time in Turkey,
but the pressure for them to compete
in the championships, for instance
the world indoors, we might see her
at the world Indoor Championships in
Birmingham in March. They don't
raise that much, but they are under
a little bit of pressure to compete
for Turkey in the championships.
Without being too cynical, the
probable reason for them competing
for Turkey in the first place was to
get the team success that Turkey was
really looking after on the
international stage. I think there
is probably an expectation on her
that she competes in the likes of
the European Cross country, the
world cross-country, the world
indoors and the other major
championships, which she has done so
successfully for Turkey. But that
gap is playing pretty much the same
four microseconds that she built up
on the first lap. As hard as they
work, and they're helping each other
a little bit, Gorecka and Seidel
cannot close it down. It is today
exactly the same as in the first
You get the impression she is just
doing enough. These two are
scrapping for second place, they
know each other well. Mark Butler
pointed out that in 2012 they were
both in the junior race. Emelia
Gorecka Chuka won that, Molly Seidel
was third. That was six years ago,
January 20 12.
Goodness me. Because they are racing
each other, it is just not enough.
You get the feeling by Can has just
picked up again, every time the gap
has lost a big close for comfort.
Emelia is working hard, she's only a
few seconds by Can. But we know that
Can can pick it up at the end.
Emelia finding something else up the
hill, she has stretch the gap back
to Molly Seidel, who will make up
some of that on the downhill coming
up. Emelia has given the biggest
effort up that hill to try to close
the gap and draw herself away from
She has had to work hard for this
victory, Yasmin Chan. -- Yasemin
Can. It has been chilly here than I
am sure her training camp was in
Kenya, but she has come back to
Edinburgh and run superbly well. But
a mediocre rep -- but Emelia Gorecka
is racing down the hill, chasing Can
and making sure she keeps the gap
between herself and Seidel, the
American, who comes in for their
The European cross-country champion,
coming to Edinburgh and winning in
good style. I would not say it was
totally impressive in the sense that
she did not totally dominate, and
she has done enough. Emelia Gorecka
Chuka, a superb performance to take
second place, just a couple of
seconds behind. And then Seidel for
the USA, crossing the line in third.
We will watch for the places behind,
that will have a lot to say in terms
of where the team goes here. Burkard
hanging on for fourth place.
hanging on for fourth place. Phoebe
Law, a really good performance in
this. Lugeros in fourth. Europe may
just hang on as Barca, who went very
hard at the beginning, comes across
the line. A good, strong performance
from Ockenden in the last lap. She
got of Jess Judd. Harriet
Knowles-Jones. Simou -- Fionnuala
McCormack. We will let them come
across the line, we will sort all of
the team positions out. It looks to
me as though Europe have won this,
which might just mean that the gap
between Europe and Great Britain
might be too much in the men's race.
Certainly from a British
A good race in the end, Paula? Can
was expected to run away with it,
but had to work hard all the way?
She did, she did not look entirely
comfortable. It looked like in the
first lap she was trying to build up
something and maybe relax, to KCOM
hard over the final lap. She was not
able to do that, and if you look at
the split for the last lap, Emelia
Gorecka ran the fastest, 5-13, as
opposed to Can's 5-15. Yasemin Can
ran almost like a metronome that she
did not look as dominant or
impressive as she has in previous
We will tidy up the results pretty
soon. Those lads are all right,
there? Stay there, lads.
I'm sure they are fine! Gabby has
the winner and the second placed
Are fine! Thank you, Steve. Yasemin
Can and Emelia Gorecka Chuka gave us
a great race and a thrill at the
end. We thought maybe Emelia was
going to pull you back. Did it feel
as easy as last year? Did the course
feel different, do you feel
The course is very hard
for me. It is very moody. I was
struggling too much.
You think you
struggle too much?
It was a bit
It is not like last year.
that because you have been putting
in lots of training and were not as
Did you not feel as
Emelia had a part to play. At the
end, coming down the hill. You were
trying to draw Yasemin towards you.
How do you feel?
I can't not be
happy. I had no idea what the
opportunity would be, I thought it
could be top five for top three,
then I was second and it was so
close to first, I had to keep
believing it was possible to get the
best out of myself. I came here to
get the best out of myself, it is a
world-class field. I am over the
moon to be second by such a small
margin as well.
It has been a tough couple of years
for you to get back into this type
of shape. Give an insight into what
you have gone through?
Got a new
training setup, we decided to strip
back everything, go back to basics
and built the foundations to
hopefully allow me to be a strong
senior athlete. I am only 23 so we
are still building the foundations
and working on loads of smaller,
fine details to get back to where I
want to be, but I have enjoyed every
step of the journey, I am still on
it and will hopefully progress and
develop, I'm quite young still.
we will see plenty more of you
indoors this season?
No, I have lots
of hard work to do, I will go away
and train for the next few weeks and
months, rebuilding the foundations.
I really want to get some winter
training in, I am working hard and
will hopefully translate some of my
performances to the track this
EU and the summer.
A great performance from you both.
Let's clear everything up and see
how the positions have affected the
-- see you in the summer. STUDIO:
The top two leading their team is
very well, I am pretty sure Europe
will be coming out on top. A really
good run from Phoebe Law. Verity
Ockenden backing up Emelia Gorecka.
The winning margin was just two
microseconds. You heard Yasemin say
it was hard work today, but Gorecka
running very well. And a good
performance from Molly Seidel.
Let's see how that affected the
team. Europe in the end maintains
their ten point advantage they had
at the start of the last lap,
despite one or two changes. They are
really consolidating their position
of the Great Britain and the USA in
the overall match. Just the senior
men to go, and the lead Europe have
is 18 points. Europe with 90, Great
Britain with 180 in the USA with
hundred and 40. -- and the USA with
It is not just the elite competition
today, anybody can join in. Whether
It is not just the elite competition
today, anybody can join in. Whether
it is a New year's resolution they
come every year, everyone has their
reason for being here. -- whether it
is a New year's resolution or they
come every year.
Mass participation events, many
viewers of those will recognise
Colin. Is this your first time here?
It is my first time across the
What made you want to take
part in this?
I'll be honest, I did
not know this was on until
Wednesday. The guy who does the
commentary appears that, are you
coming up? I said, might as well.
Jumped on the train like this this
morning. Thanks to the train, they
bumped me up to first class. Really
excited to get on, it is great.
There is a big hill at the beginning
of the course.
I did not know that
until I got here, then somebody
pointed it out and said it is up
there. I said, you are having a
laugh X Umesh Mahtre but.
Best of luck, take care.
Jackie has been through a big
challenge in her life, but this year
she has set itself a new challenge,
Three years ago I was diagnosed with
aggressive breast cancer. My tumour
was seven centimetres in size, the
only option was to have chemotherapy
to shrink it enough to remove it by
surgery. Chemotherapy, for that is
great things for tumours, it
annihilates your body. It is a
brutal thing to go through. However,
it saves your life. I finished my
treatment on Christmas eve of the
same year, which was a good thing to
When you go through a journey like
cancer, you are on a treadmill you
can't get off.
You have no option. All the
decisions about everything you do
are taken out of you for six months
because you had to get injections
when you get them, go into hospital
when you go into hospital. It is
It took another year to feel better,
because you are left with lots of
chemotherapy and radiotherapy
side-effects, you put on lots of
weight, your joints are very
weight, your joints are very damaged
by the drug somethings and you have
other side effects like numb toes,
numb fingers, you lose your hair and
things like that.
I had never even been a hospital
patient before, despite the fact I
have been missing since I was 17 I
had never been admitted to hospital
and never had surgery in my life, I
had no idea how I would cope. But I
found a strength I did not know I
had. I think I surprise myself and
my family members in terms of even
coping with the pain as well as
everything that was thrown at you.
And even since then, I have got a
strength I did not know I had and a
determination I did not know I had.
I was turning 50 that year and
decided to start doing things for
myself, took the decision to get
fit. I wanted to run a ten K with my
son, I am happy to say I did that in
Bristol last year.
Running for me has loads of
benefits, mentally. It is my
headspace, it is where I live to go.
You can either rationalise things
that have gone on during the day and
put them into an order and put them
to the side, or you can just clear
your head of everything and get rid
of the stuff out of your brain and
give it a dump.
The run in Edinburgh, I think I will
be quite emotional. You're going to
chemotherapy, you have been through
surgery, you have beaten cancer. Do
you know what, get your cars up that
hill and get on with it.
I am with Jacqui's husband. She has
been through a lot?
A couple of
years ago, when she had breast
cancer it was a difficult time for
as Bo Van Pelt family, we kind of
took it day by day. There was a lot
of uncertainty about what would
happen. She is very healthy now,
very fit compared to a few years
ago. She has developed a strength of
mind, she is a very focused woman
now and when she takes on a
challenge she will do it.
Jacqui, how was it?
Amazing, I don't
know if I can speak properly. That
Hill was not as bad as I thought it
was. I did not stop running the
whole way. I am just delighted that
I did it. I have no idea of my time,
that I am chuffed to bits that I did
I will be honest, you are a cancer
survivor, this must be a piece of
Compared to some parts, yes,
but it is hard. But then everything
is hard, but you have to put your
mind to it. If it does not challenge
you, it won't change you, that is my
new motto which I live by, day by
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Cross-country to me looks so much
more interesting than road running.
You have the challenges of the
terrain, the weather and the mud. I
know it fuelled your career.
And it was probably the event that I
was most at home on and certainly
had my first successes on, because
you can very much run according to
feel, according to instipght,
according to when you want to put
the surges in. It's not marked out
like on the track. It's not even
precise distances. That's not the
point of cross-country. It's about
making people work.
like the smell here. I love that
earthy, muddy smell. Paula, we're
upon the final race of the day, the
elite men. It's 8k, four long laps,
two short ones. Who are the faces we
should look out for?
big favourite coming in is
Keegan-Osbalen, who won the
championships in December. And has
raced here before
championships in December. And has
raced here before and raced well.
We're seeing him winning here in the
championships. Very convincingly won
there by a big margin. He's the
favourite. He will get it taken to
him. We've got experience in the
British team in the shape of Andy
Vernon. We've got youth and people
coming through in the likes of Ben
Conor. But the US team as well is
strong and will want to challenge
hard. They've got Heath who has won
here in the past and loves this
course. The muddier the better he's
quoted as saying. We saw him beat Mo
Farah over this course, you can see
the mud all over him. Muddier than
today. A bit drier, firmer today.
He's a strong runner. I know he
excels in winter sports as well.
He's got real strength in the
cross-country which can be the
It can. He's
got a very fast 1500m time as well.
He's a good miler. He started out as
a cross-country skier and has that
feel and that instinct for
cross-country racing and loves. It
that's apparent in the way he races.
Chris Derek is another and Leonard
Grower who won here last year and
raced very strongly. He's going from
strength to strength racing for the
Usmanov, running lots of PBs. Last
year it was good to see Hawkins take
it to him and run the sting out of
him, digging deep as he could in the
Calum not here this
year. Getting ready for the
Commonwealth Games this year.
the big target for Hawkins now is to
come away with a medal from the
Let's hope we
have a race as tight as that. It's a
few minutes away. Let's hear from
the team captains telling us who the
strengths are and where the
strengths are in the
strengths are and where the
strengths are in the opposition.
senior men's team is a mixture of
youth and experience, I suppose. We
are missing a couple of big players
that could be here. But I don't
think that's going to deter our
confidence going in. Obviously
everyone is going to do as best they
can in front of a home crowd. Yeah,
hopefully we can come back with some
Gareth Heath has
always come from America but loves
Edinburgh as much as I do. He's had
big performances here. He'll be one
to watch out for.
Team USA we're
feeling pretty good. You don't want
to get overconfident. I've been
following the European cross,
there's a lot of guys in here. I've
raced one or two of the UK guys and
guys like Andy Vernon are good.
Especially with younger guys, you
never know who's going to step up.
We've got three past champions here
from the American team. Heath has
won here a couple of times. Chris
Derek. On the European side, we've
got Buccicki. He ran a good race at
the European championships. There's
a lot of good runners.
The fact that
you're out in the cold, you're out
in the wind, sometimes snow, hail,
sleet, and the fans here in
Edinburgh will come out no matter
what. If they're out there standing
in the cold cheering you on, you'd
better be ready to go for it.
They certainly are. Some of them
finding other amusements at the
moment. But we are all ready for the
final elite race of the day. Steve
Cram and Paula Radcliffe in the
commentary box for the men's race.
Steve, I'm not sure that's a sport
that's going to catch on that the
lad was trying out there?
It looks like one of those, what's
that thing where you go down the
hill rolling after the cheese or
something, isn't it? Or Easter eggs.
I don't know. I was never good at
getting down a hill quick. Oh,
getting down a hill quick. Oh,
They're here of all ages and
enjoying the atmosphere, on a day
where speck Tating isn't as tough as
some years here. We've got the three
teams ready to go. We've had a bit
of a chat there with Paula and the
team captains about who to watch out
for. Garrett Heath. He won the short
race aas long as the long race when
he famously beat Mo Farah.
he famously beat Mo Farah. Osborne
running for Turkey now. Watch out
for his mate who fell in the
European championships early in the
race and couldn't get close to his
team-mate in the latter stages.
Vernon leading the British team. One
or two not here.
Griffiths a late withdrawal from the
So the senior men under way. Two
short laps and four long for the
men, 8k the total distance. Fast
start as ever. I think this is an
interesting race. With the former
winners in here, because Chris Derek
has won here before, Heath has won
before, then Mike Osborne, who has
come to the front.
come to the front. Zbelin, who has
come to the front. Ben Connor won't
be far away.
Connor setting out with intent here
Rt British team
packing very well so far. Following
the lead of Ben Connor. Andy Vernon
sitting behind him. And Mohammed too
on the inside. Putting themselves up
there with a chance on the first
lap. Towards the back of that, you
see Chris Derek there, number 33,
moving up the hill for the US team.
He's taking a little bit longer to
settle into the race.
the fact that Can has been away,
indeed Ozbelin was with her at the
Certainly the marathon and longer
distance, many of them in Kenya.
That's where they've come from. Come
straight down. It was interesting
list ening to Can. It sounded like
one of those days for her. She came
in on Thursday and maybe dropping
down this quickly and competing it
didn't quite work for her this time.
Usually when they've got the
experience of the likes of Ozbelin
and Can dropping down, they know how
to judge it. When you come down so
close to the race you can't
anticipate how your body might
react. If you pick up something on
the flight as well, you cannot feel
great there. Usually that first
week, first day you might feel
great, after that there's a bit of
an up and down period as your body
adjusts to being back down at sea
level. Maybe that's what she was
experienced. Maybe she just put in a
lot of volume and hard work up at
altitude and was taking time to
recover from that.
I'm looking for Mishal, who
performed so well, the Spanish
athlete. What a season starting with
the indoor season back, well, almost
a year ago. Continued that right
through the year, almost winning a
medal the the world championships
outdoors and then performing very
well at the European cross-country
championships. She's tucked in a
little bit further back in the pack.
He's in the middle and in the long
orange shorts. When you see him move
through there, he's, I think - I
don't know if it's the fact he's got
his T-shirt underneath, it looks as
though he's eaten a bit too much
Christmas turkey, if I'm allowed to
Yeah, he does look like
he's maybe enjoyed the fest
Tiffities a bit. He had a great
2017. -- festivities. I'm sure with
the European championships in the
summer, a world indoor championships
in Birmingham in March, somebody
like him any way would be targeting,
building on that superb year he had.
I think that run at the
cross-country championships was
probably, if anything, was the most
standout. No, to be fair, the world
championships outdoors I think. Yes,
interesting to see how he goes here.
As Paula said, he's got himself well
covered up. A little further back in
the back. Ben Connor moves to the
front. You just saw the team
standings slip through there. It's
still early in the race. Things just
settling down. These two short laps
first. I think maybe then they'll
get going. I have a feeling, it's
more than a feeling, I'll be more
than surprised if Europe lets the
lead slip in the team competition.
When you have Ozbelin, Mishal,
others to back them up, they're
probably the favourites to win the
team race here and will win the
overall competition. Commonwealth
Games at the Gold Coast as well.
Yay, a bit of sunshine. April 4-15.
For curling fans, the Olympic Games,
Winter Olympics on the BBC, through
February. I'll be switching sports.
London Marathon later on when we get
back from the Commonwealth Games on
the 22 April.
the 22 April. In the summer, he
said, 20th May, Great Manchester
Run, goodness me. It seems a long
way away. I'm sure it will come
round very quickly. Mo Farah, I
think we're going to see a lot of Mo
in the next few weeks, hopefully,
including the London Marathon and in
Manchester. It still keeps coming.
British championships in Birmingham.
The European championships, if
you're in Scotland, of course, an
interesting year. The European Games
are split between Glasgow and
Berlin, where the athletics will be
held. That's our normalure pine
championships. But they are
technically part of the new
multisport European Games. The other
sports will be in Glasgow.
The Diamond League season continues
all the way through, of course,
after the championships with
Birmingham hosting their event on 18
I'll be exhausted by 9th of
September, when we'll be at the
Great North Run. But lots of
athletics to come on the BBC. So
plenty for you to look forward to.
Are you any good at curling?
know. Never actually tried it. I've
sat and commentated on it once.
That's the answer of a champion. You
don't get no, no I've never done it.
You get, "I don't know, I could be
good, just haven't tried it." I'm
sure you'd be brilliant.
I'm not so
sure, but it might be fun to try.
There's the standings after this
second short lap. We're heading out
onto the first of four long laps and
the gaps are starting to appear a
bit. Nick tries to get himself
involved. It would be good if he
could maintain contact. It's only
Ben Connor and Gulap for Great
Britain in this lead group, that's
just starting to break away a bit.
Garrett heath hanging off the back.
Ozbelin and his team-mate on the
left-hand side, very much to the
Vernon starting to move through a
little as well. Andy will run a
steady race. He's getting better as
the winter goes on. He was just
missed out by one place on gaining
selection for the European
championships. But he's got better
since November. I think he's run a
strong race here.
I mean he's recognising that as the
years go by, he's not really losing
fast, but he's not gaining any pace.
He has stated this will be his last
summer competing on the track and
that he will move then more onto the
roads and make a very serious
attempt at the marathon. I think he
could be a very good marathon
runner. He's very strong and he
tends to gauge his effort well. He's
taken the time to build up slowly,
to learn road racing a little bit
with the various half marathons and
definitely has some Po ten shall to
move on. -- potential to move on.
Chris Derrick made his debut over
the marathon in Chicago this year.
Disappointed with his finish in the
end but he raced very well for most
of that race and just faded a bit in
the closing stages. He started very
gradually today and has now worked
his had way up and is leading that
group with Trevor Dunbar and Andy
Vernon. A group of three that's
almost in no-man's land in between
those two, the lead group and the
Ben Connor decided to disburse with
his gloves that he was wearing on
the first two short laps.
It is the
first time the men have been on this
section of the course, they will
complete the first of their big
laps, they go over the water twice,
this Little brook, they meet at the
bottom of the hill and climb across
it again at the top of the hill.
Ozbilen just forcing the pace a
little bit. Ben Connor doing a good
job at this point of staying with
some very good athletes. Ozbilen was
last year's winner. Ben Connor is in
the top three. There is a gap
appearing between them and neck.
Sometimes if you just hang in the
group and they move you away, even
you start to struggle a little
bit... Garrett Heath is trying to
stay in there as well. A different
tactic to what Andy Vernon is doing,
if it goes wrong you will be passed
by quite a lot of people. But it can
drag you away from everybody else?
A bit of a reaction and a reflection
that Nick has a very fast indoor
3,000-metre time. So on the more
even, technically easier course in
the first lap, he got himself into
bigger position. He is struggling a
bit on the more difficult sections,
going through the water, over the
longer grass and up the hills.
Maintaining contact. The Gap behind
him is not being closed down by
Chris Derrick, who is an experienced
cross-country runner and will use
those sections to try to make
inroads on the group front.
Daylight is opening up to make now.
-- opening up to Nick.
laps to go. Ozbilen was the prerace
favourite, the European champion.
His team-mates, Kaya in second
place. There is not much to choose
between that second group. Nick
Goolab is just losing touch a little
bit. Mechaal has obviously got no
mince pies over Christmas and is
nowhere near his performance of the
European Cross country
Championships, and those of last
year, nowhere near what they would
have suggested he should be out
today. But despite that, Europe is
still doing well in the team race,
both in this race, although the USA
leads, that Europe are holding their
own with 57 points, just behind the
USA. Great Britain and 17. In terms
of the overall match, that will mean
that Europe is just consolidating
Leonard looks very comfortable. He
is well covered up, he is wearing a
cap as well as long sleeves. I am
not sure too many of the others have
come out as well-dressed as him,
Bertie looks very, very comfortable.
Just tracking Ozbilen, not doing
more than he needs to the early
Taking his time to study the course
but keeping his powder dry at this
Mohamed Mohamed, Alex and Chris
Olley are in that group. Ahead of
the aforementioned Mechaal. This is
where the final counters, if you
like, this is the position that will
matter. Overall, I do not think
there is any question that Europe
will win this. It is whether the USA
can make a victory in this final
senior men's race ahead of the
Europeans. Ozbilen and Caer Dier
Kaya -- Ozbilen and Kaya.
I don't know where he would have
finished yet, but when Kaya fell, he
fell fairly early on and it looked
like he would get back, and Ozbilen
really pushed on. It was so twisty
and turning. I just wonder how close
he would have been. Ozbilen looked
good and ran well on the day, but I
wonder whether Kaya, who had won it
the year before, and another person
at the same name won the year
before, just to confuse you! They
would have been away training in
Kenya since then, Ozbilen and Kaya
know each other very well. If
anything, Ozbilen is forcing the
Maybe Kaya has a little bit of
a score to settle that. That is
cross-country is all about, being
able to stay on your feet over the
tough sections, making sure you have
the right length of spikes for the
course to keep your grip, and that
when you fall you can make it up
probably better than on the track,
but you need to work those sections
hard and if the gap is too big, even
though on the twisty sections you
can see the people ahead of you, you
may not be able to make the
background, as we saw in the
previous race with Emelia Gorecka
Chuka and Yasemin Can.
Leonard had a good year in different
ways as well. I say finished the
year, but one of his stand-up
performances, you got some 60
minutes for the Delhi half marathon
in November. -- he got below 60
minutes for the Delhi half Marathon.
He ran a pretty quick 10,000 metres
on the track. He brings that sort of
range to this. A pretty decent world
class 10,000 metre run on the track,
and a world-class half Marathon. It
stands you in good stead for this
sort of performance.
People buying on a bit about the
strengths and the benefits of the
highlights of cross-country running,
it is the fact that brings together
the range of events. You have
somebody like Garrett Heath, yes he
is a cross-country skier, but he is
a very good Meyler. You brings us
together with the people who run
marathons and the ten K runners and
it becomes about how they feel and
whether they are at home on this
surface, if it is something they are
not comfortable then they go at the
back door very early in the way that
Mechaal has in this race.
to go, Europe in control at the
moment in the
moment in the shape of Ozbilen, the
European champion. Kaya is the
former European champion. Our
statistician has reminded me that
Kaya and one of his opponents
collided in the European Cross
country. If I was him, I would not
run as close to him, but he is! This
is the top four. The other American,
manual, is trying to hang on. Ben
Connor, the sole British
Connor, the sole British athlete.
USA is well represented, three of
them in that group, three Europeans
and one British athlete. Europe is
still in control in terms of the
It is boiling down to a tag team
race between Europe and the USA, we
need to go by that city where the
other three scorers for each to get
a gauge of whether the teams
standing exchange. For Britain, Ben
Connor is having a great run, he
needs to stay in contact and keep
his eyes focused on the back of
Garrett Heath in front of him, stay
on the back of that pad.
-- that pack.
Ozbilen, for the first
time, you can see he is trying to
break this group up and wanting to
whittle it down. Pressure being
applied by the person who finished
fifth behind Ozbilen and those
championships back in December. Just
trying to stay close enough, Garrett
Heath moves past his team-mate.
Garrett Heath, if you were stood
next to him in a coffee shop, you
would not think he is a natural
cross-country runner. He is quite
stocky, quite strong, really strong
thighs. But when you are running
through mud, particularly mode and
stuff, that strength. If you're
watching the film of him sprinting
against Mo Farah, who is better at
sprinting? Mo Farah. Not on that
surface. His feet were slipping, he
was not getting the purchase.
Garrett was just strong, driving
That is the difference.
It is a bit
like they talk about the shuffle you
need for the marathon, Tokyo by Mo
Farah moving towards Marathon, that
might be one of the things he needs
to work slightly on. -- talking
about Mo Farah moving towards
Marathon. The greats of the to had
to adapt to running on the roads.
Highly jabbers Lassie could not get
there, not at home on that surface.
If you look at Garrett Heath it is a
low centre of gravity, a quick
cadence, a quick turnover and he is
very stable. His pelvis does not
rock around much and he does not
lose a lot of ground.
The only good marathon runner...
There was a guy whose name was
Douglas, he was a great run a comic
union. He had really big size as
well. -- he was a great runner, he
was a Kenyan.
Think about that Norwegian runner,
you have to have the stores to keep
running strongly in the later stages
of the marathon and you need the
like strength on a cross-country
course like this.
The four of them have a good gap,
running strongly together as they
headed down to the penultimate time.
Ozbilen, the prerace favourite, the
European champion, looks around.
Sousse two of his team-mates, the
man who was fifth and Kaya, who was
seventh, but he did fall on those
championships. And what about last
year's winner, representing the USA?
We effectively have three canyons
and a Belgian, two running for
Europe, former canyons running for
Europe, and the USA.
Europe, and the USA. -- two running
for Europe, former Kenyans.
Ozbilen has been forcing it but he
has not really managed to shake them
up too much. With only 1500 metres
to go. Here's a good finisher, but
sellers Kaya. Ozbilen is fearing the
finish, he is the one thinking I
have is to break this up, I do not
want to lead it to a sprint finish.
Free from Europe, one from the USA,
you anticipate that the three
Europeans might run as a team that
they are thrown together for this
We have talked about the fact there
is no love lost between Kaya and the
Belgian. Ozbilen might work together
with Kaya to draw the sting out of
the the two.
His face is quite relaxed compared
to Kaya. He is just staying close
enough. Ozbilen is really working
hard to break the sub. The gaps are
just being stretched.
For the first time, Kaya struggles.
It is Ozbilen with last year's
winner just three metres buying. Can
Ozbilen drag out the lead? Can he
make it a winning lead, or will the
other competitors stay close enough?
This is the name moved by -- may
Who has looked the more comfortable
on the hills? Probably Ozbilen. He
is taking advantage, Ozbilen's
opponent, every time he has flat
ground, to try to make up the gap.
They are coming into the more
twisted, more technical and hilly
section and we will see what Ozbilen
His opponent seems to move well off
the hills. It will be interesting up
the hill of Ozbilen can get enough,
you get the feeling when they cross
the water and drop-down that
Ozbilen's opponent majors contend
with that section a bit better.
Ozbilen with real pressure from
behind last year's winner. Running
through the water, then in front of
the lake and taking a right-hand
turn up the lane. Ozbilen won by a
reasonably comfortable margin of the
European Championships. Look how
hard he is working. He knows the
threat is opponent possesses. He is
maybe just fearing what will happen.
This will go to the wire.
If you were just going and facial
expressions you would say that
Ozbilen was working so much harder
and his opponent had a lot left in
store. But faces can be deceptive,
some people just show a lot more
effort on the faces. He is
stretching that again, the gap. It
depends how much he has left and how
much he can make up on the downhill
section to the finish.
Again, you see that. He just closed
on the downhill section. A pellet
was five or six metres, downhill he
closed it very quickly. Here we go,
over the brig for the last time. ...
Over the brook. He is just checking
to see. No response from Ozbilen,
who looks buying. He will only see
his two team-mates as he watches his
opponents move away. Another
superbly judged effort by the
American. He makes it two in a row
in Edinburgh. It is a win for the
Korir first, Ozbilen second. Close
for third. Tight on the line. Kaya
holding off Bouchikhi. We wait for
the places further down. Connor and
Heath were the next. Leonard Korir,
two years in a row, has not put a
foot in front until he absolutely
needed to. Ben Connor comes in for
an excellent fifth place. The first
of the British athletes to cross the
line. Garrett Heath just holding off
Bor his team-mate. Then that looks
like Chris Derrick coming next. The
Americans are packing well here.
It's going to be tight between them.
Andy Vernon is going to finish in
the top ten behind the former
winner. Looks like Dunbar, I think.
It is. It was a race which in many
ways marched a bit what happened
last year when Hawkings tried to
break away. Ozbilen led this time.
You always knew he was doing that
because he feared what was going to
happen. He wasn't wrong, was he?
Great finish from Korir.
He knew the
attack was coming from Korir. He
actually looked the wrong way at the
top of that hill as they crested the
time hill. He looked to his inside
at the same time as Korir moved by
on his outside and made his attack.
There was just no response because
Ozbilen had used every ounce of
effort that he had to try and get
away from him up the hill.
we'll tidy all the results up for
you as soon as we can. In the
meantime Gabby speaks to our Victor.
meantime Gabby speaks to our Victor.
I can indeed. It was almost like
deja vu, watching you come down
there, employing the same tactics
that you took Calum Hawkins with
Yeah, I like this year, I
felt so good. I says I must come
back. When I say I must come back, I
say I must win again.
all of that. You've come back to
Edinburgh and been victorious two
years running, out there today, you
really employed great tactics as
well. They took it out of the
European front runners to secure
Yeah, yeah. The
course, if you just go hard in the
beginning you're going to fade. I
wanted to be efficient. Make sure I
save some energy for the final kick.
I'm glad I was happy to do so.
worked, congratulations. Well done.
Steve, lets mop up the
Steve, lets mop up the
Smart running from Leonard Korir, as
he said, you've got to be patient
sometimes in cross-country. He did
What does that mean in the team
competition? It was close in the end
but Europe held off the Usmanov in
that men's race. Usmanov would have
loved to have won that title. But
they didn't. Europe with 47 points.
Of course, what that means is they
consolidated their position in the
overall match standings. Europe
finishing comfortably ahead of Great
Britain, well almost 50 points
there. It's Europe who win our match
Great Britain securing second place
by eight points ahead of the
Usmanov. So the -- of the USA. The
crowds head home now. They've seen
great elite races. It all started
very early today, when the masses
came out. Anyone of any ability
could join in those races and that
included the wee ones. JJ caught up
with the runners in the junior race.
I keep saying today is for
everybody. It noes the just for the
adults. Over 400 kids will be taking
on 2. 5k of this gruelling course.
It's very exciting because it's the
first time they're going to do it
without an adult racing. I hope they
manage. They need a bit more
motivation to keep going. The talk
of a medal will motivate him enough
to complete 2. 5k.
As a family and
particularly for Dylan and for the
kids, how important is running and
getting to be part of this?
very important. It's just feels like
we're doing something together and
they have the medal for the whole
year. So it's a point of interest
for everyone in the family. That's
the medal, that's running
We're here to raise money, it's a
sponsored run. Thought it would be a
good day, team-building event for
the kids to come down here this
morning, take part in a fantastic
vent in Edinburgh, try to raise
money for the club. The kids ran it
last year they really enjoyed it. It
would be a good bit of fitness
before the season kicks off.
exciting is this?
Yeah. Have you been training for it
or are you just a natural? Just
natural. How much are you looking
forward to this?
Quite a lot. I'm
And now you've done
this before, haven't you?
do the rest of the guys expect
It's a hard
course, is it? Have you got tips for
No, I'm not giving away my
You're not giving it away!
Just run really fast?
to all three of you, who's going to
They're all winners. If it gives
them a thirst and a taste for this
wonderful sport of cross-country
A man who knows all about
that and had a life of running in
athletics and still has Brendan
Foster, 70 yesterday. Catch up with
a look back on the marvellous career
of Brendan Foster, at 3. 30pm on BBC
Two. The NFL show always an
entertaining watch. And Masters
snooker tomorrow. So plenty of sport
on the BBC this weekend and always
throughout the year, lots
on the BBC this weekend and always
throughout the year, lots of
athletics still to come. We'll catch
up with Paula on the big events this
year. A quick word on Mo Farah, we
missed him today. The hype that you
get around Mo, we have to get used
to his not appearing regularly in
athletics events. Your husband Gary
is taking care of life on the road.
How's things going?
well. It's been a tricky start to
the year. Had ewas racing in Doha,
he felt a niggle in his Achilles. He
didn't start there, didn't take the
risk. It's not important to be
racing this early in the year. It's
all about getting the training in
for the marathon. He knows he's got
something to learn over the marathon
distance. He's Re
That. He's had a
dnchts relishing that. He's shown
how successful he can be on the
track. Now he wants to do something
He alluded to that on
that night when me won Sports
Personality of the Year. If you were
watching the show and millions of
you were, you may remember there was
a certain technical glitch. We
didn't quite get the interview with
Mo live. We had a chance to chat to
him in the arena in Liverpool
afterwards. He talked just about
that, the challenges that lie ahead.
2017, BBC Sports Personality of the
Year is... Mo Farah!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
It's pretty amazing. It's hard, it's
hard to think about, you know, over
the years what I've done. You know
you win this, I didn't honestly come
out tonight and thinking, maybe top
three, see how it goes. We've got
amazing superstars in sports.
Anthony Joshua, Lewis, Jonny
Peacock, all the boys and it's been
amazing. When you look at it and
compare yourself with other
athletes, yeah could finish in the
top three, I didn't imagine I was
ever going to win this. Come so
close in to 12, then you know, but
-- in 2012, then you know, anything
can happen. Dig deep, keep working.
I want to thank everyone who's
supported me. It's been an
incredible journey. It's very
exciting. I'm looking forward to the
marathon and I'm very excited. Gary
my coach is out there tonight, as
you all know, preparing for the
London Marathon and is help me out.
It's tough. It's not as easy as I
thought it's going to be the
marathon training. It's getting
there. It's about understanding each
other and working. It is hard work,
but anything can happen. You know,
as an athlete, what I have achieved
has been incredible over the years.
For all the youngsters out there,
the people out there, you know, you
can work hard and you can achieve
your dreams. Anything is possible in
life, if you believe in it, work at
it and keep grafting, grafting,
anything is possible. What an
amazing night it is. I wish I was
there, unfortunately sorry I can't
be there guys. I'm with my family.
The kids haven't been as well. It's
all exciting for us. Just can't
believe I won.
Well, he did and that interview seen
by 10,000 or so in the Liverpool
Echo Arena, you've had your chance
now. We heard from Paula what he's
been up to and how the year lies
ahead for him. We should just give a
mention as well to this event and
this is the final time it's going to
be staged in Edinburgh. 30-year
anniversary of the event, at the
beginning of the show today you
looked back on some of the great
runners in this event, when it was
in the north-east. It's moved
around. We don't know where the new
home will be. Whoever gets to host
this will have a great event on
They will. It will be a
privilege to host it. It will be a
privilege to go and race there. Big
thank you to Edinburgh for having
done such a great job hosting this
event. We've seen great racing here.
Even before the - this event came
here, the European cross-country
championships on this course. I'm
sure we will see great cross-country
racing on this course. It will move
now a different venue for this event
and look forward to seeing good
racing there too.
It's helped to
drive cross-country, this event and
certainly the positioning that it is
in the year and you know, the fact
that it has predominantly been in
the north-east and in Scotland, it's
meant weather conditions have been
so juicy, haven't they, we've had
muddy, snowy, sleet driven events.
It has. I think it was Chris Derrick
said in an interview, it's been true
cross-country racing. We've seen a
bit of everything. We've had really
warm days out here racing. We've had
some really snowy days. I personally
have run in races here up and down
the slopes, not here, but where you
needed 15, 18mm spikes to stay on
your feet on the snow and ice.
Bikele, Paula Radcliffe, a long time
ago. Steve Tunstall, the first
runner. He joined the French Foreign
Legion and somebody saw he won a
major Championship and realised he
was from Preston and won the first
event. So many great athletes have
gone on to do fantastic things in
their careers. They will continue to
do that as well. The indoor season
is to come, the world indoors in
Uh-huh. The world
indoors in Birmingham. A lot of the
athletes are, would go towards that.
Closely followed by the Commonwealth
Games down in Brisbane. A quick turn
around for athletes hoping to double
up at both of those. Then we've got
the London Marathon, quickly into
that as well. Then back to the
European championships in Berlin.
We've got a stretched out year. Some
good racing, some interesting
racing. Some people choosing to skip
some of those. Some people choosing
to focus more on one than the other.
That's what makes it interesting, to
see people make those choices and
where are they going to go. Where it
Laura Muir going to race.
to do that. Because the Commonwealth
is early in the season it poses
interesting challenges. I've worked
out one thing here, it's only just
dawned on me, watching the archive,
I know why I tease Paula, she never
seems to need any clothes, you spent
your life wearing knickers and a
vest running round in this! You're
so hard. Thank you for your company
today. Great to see you. I hope you
enjoyed today. It's a truly
wonderful event. It's for the
masses, everything single -- every
single runner and for the elite. We
hope it will continue for years to
come. From all of us here in
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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.