The European Cross Country Championships is always an exciting event. The European Athletics Association provides the streaming, as they do on most of their championships, globally for free. We at RunBlogRun love that!

Stuart Weir provided us with two stories and fantastic photos from Getty Images and Chaira Montensano for European Athletics, which truly capture the mud and sloppy conditions in the continental championships held in Brussels. 


The  Spar European Cross Country Championships were held in Brussels, Belgium, on Sunday, 10 December. Heavy rain had turned the course into a mud path as 10 countries took medals across the seven races.  Great Britain, with 11 medals, topped the table from France (6) and Norway (4).  See the separate report on GB’s magnificent day.

Karoline C=Grovdal won her third straight European Athletics Championships XC Senior Women’s race, photo by Getty Images for European Athletics.

Yann Schrub (France) won the men’s senior race in 20:17 from Magnus Tuv Myhre (Norway), with Robin Hendrix third to gain a medal for the host nation.  The women’s senior title went to Karolina Groval (Norway) in 33.40 from Nadia Battocletti (Italy), with Abbie Donnelly (GB) third.

Other winners were

Men U23 – Will Barnicoat (GB)

Women U23 – Megan Keith (GB)

Men U20 –  Axel Vang Christensen (Denmark)

Women U20 – Sofia Thogersen (Denmark)

Mixed Relay – France

Medal table

1 Great Britain  7-1-3= 11

2 France 2-3-1 = 6

3 Norway 1-1-2 =4