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Saturday, January 05, 2013

Fionnuala Britton wins BUPA Cross Country race in Edinburgh...

The European Cross Country Champion put in an impressive performance today (Sat 5th Jan 2013) to win the womens 6 km race at the BUPA Cross Country in Edinburgh. Fionnuala led from the early stages and by the 2 km mark, she had split the field with only the European U23 champion Adrienne Coulson for company.

By the 4 km mark, Fionnuala Britton had opened up a 3 second gap on Coulson and was now 12 seconds ahead of the main bunch which included Linda Byrne, a member of the Gold medal Irish team at the recent European Cross Country Championships.

By the 5 km mark, the relentless pressure began to tell on Coulson as Fionnuala now raced ahead. Despite a slight slip in the closing stages, Fionnuala Britton finished over 16 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

1. Fionnuala Britton...EU...20:40...($8,000)
2. Adrienne Herzog...EU...20:56...($4,000)
3. Mattie Suver...USA...21:00...($3,000)
4. Jess Coulson...GBR...21:05...($2,000)
5. Ana Dulce Felix...EU...21:06...($1,750)
6. Linda Byrne...EU...21:06...($1,500)
7. Ladia Albertson Junkas... ...21:08...($1,000)
8. Julia Bleasdale...GBR...21:10...($800)
9. Lisa Stublic...EU...21:11...($500)

In a post race interview, Fionnuala said this about the race and her 'slip'.......“When I knew the group behind me was breaking down, I thought there is no point letting them get back to me. It's a great result for Europe"......."I fell on my chin in a race before but I fell on my backside this time. Never in a live televised race. Even though I’m known as a cross country specialist, track and field is where it’s really at like and for me it’s not really worked out yet, but it’s everyone in athletics’ aim as well. I really enjoy cross country but the track is where it’s at."

Linda Byrne finished in an impressive 6th place and almost caught Dulce Felix who won silver at the  European Cross Country Championships in December.

Overall, the strong performance by the European womens team helped them to take the overall team victory ahead of Great Britain and the USA.

Both Fionnuala and Linda will be taking part in the IAAF Antrim Cross Country on Saturday the 12th of January where there will be strong competition from some Kenyan and Ethiopian runners.

On the 24th of March, Fionnuala Britton competes in the World Cross Country in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I watched this year's & last year's race, Fionnuala was superb in both on a challenging course. Fionnuala floats like a butterfly but stings like a bee. She took the log obstacle in her stride on all 3 laps, many others struggled at it on the 3rd lap. Congrats Fionnuala, best wishes in the world championship