Britton To Defend Her XC Title In Scotland

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 21, 2012
  • Updated Dec. 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM UTC
Fionnuala Britton will be hard to beat in Edinburgh. Photo:

She is coming off a big win in Budapest earlier this month.

Irish runner Fionnuala Britton has had a good year. Earlier this month, she proved victorious in the European Cross Country Championships in Hungary. That win was hardly easy with sub-zero temperatures and frozen ground. Still, Britton showed her fitness by injecting a massive surge with 2K left to go.

It was a move that ultimately paid off.

On January 5, Britton will be close to home, in Scotland, competing in the annual Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country, a team race that pits European, British, and the United States against one another.

Britton will be joined by Portugal’s Ana Dulce Felix, who lost to her in Budapest.

“Fionnuala ran another fantastic race to clinch a second successive gold medal where she kept her nerve, when Felix looked as if she might mount a successful challenge over the final circuit,” remarked Edinburgh’s elite athletes manager, Andy Caine.

“After that victory she immediately confirmed her availability for Edinburgh and that sends out a clear message she is determined to be just as hungry for another win, whatever the conditions may be like.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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