Two-Time European Champ Britton Seeks World XC Title

Fionnuala Britton is the fastest European woman heading into the World Cross-Country Championships. Photo:

Britton won the European Cross-Country Championships the last two years.

Though the Irish squad that heads to this weekend’s World Cross-Country Championships doesn’t stand a good chance of standing on the podium, one runner from the Emerald Isle could come home with a medal: Fionnuala Britton.

After all, the two-time European cross-country champion (2011, 2012) has been on a tear this season. Earlier this month, she won bronze in the 3000m at the European Indoor Championships.

Britton’s top finish at the Worlds was a 14th-place result in 2007.

“I am looking forward to going to World Cross with the women’s team, Fionnuala, Linda [Byrne], Ava [Hutchinson] and Lizzie [Lee] fresh from European cross are in good form and the addition of Mary [Cullen] is a bonus,” Irish team manager Teresa McDaid said. “The World Cross-Country Championships is a magnificent event, a real test with athletes from all the disciplines of endurance distances coming together in the one race on the one day.”

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