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Britton Third in Lotto Cross Cup, Brussels

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From Athletics Ireland Fionnuala Britton today finished in third place at the IAAF Lotto Cross Cup in Brussels. Britton was in control for most of the race and was looking sharper than her outing at the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade when she finished fourth.

 The Wicklow woman was in a winning position in the closing stages before Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands (formerly Ethiopia) came through to win in 19 minutes and 38 seconds, five seconds ahead of Britton.  Hassan demonstrated her cross country credentials in recent weeks by winning the under-23 title at the European Championships. Zewdnesh Ayele of Ethiopia, was second, with Britton third – just one second behind.

 

Britton will face another strong field at the IAAF Greenmount Cross Country International at Antrim on January 4th.

 

Great Britain’s recently crowned European silver medallist Gemma Steel, team mate European U23 bronze medallist Charlotte Purdue and Bahrain’s Maryam Jamal, the 1500m Bronze medallist from the London Olympics are all set to line up.

 

Joining Britton will be Sarah Treacy who finished 31st and Ciara Durkan who placed 36th in Belgrade and Ann-Maire McGlynn.

 

Brothers Michael and Dan Mulhare will line up in the Men’s race.  Michael led the Irish Men’s Senior Team home in Belgrade in 15th place. Their sister Mary will race in the Women U23’s as part of the Celtic International Cross Country Match. The final member of the Men’s Team is Mick Clohissey.

 

Sean Tobin fresh from his top 10 performance in the Junior Men’s Race in Belgrade will compete for the first time in the U23 ranks.

 

Athletics Ireland will also be sending a U23, Junior and Youth Teams to compete in the  Celtic International Cross Country Match

 

Britton will complete her IAAF cross country race series when she lines up the <strong>Great Edinburgh Cross Country on January 11th, a race that she has won in the previous two years.  She will have to face the reigning European Cross Country Champion, Sophie Duarte of France.

 

IAAF Greenmount Cross Country International

Senior Women

Fionnuala Britton             Kilcoole AC

Sarah Treacy                      Moynalvey AC

Ann Maire McGlynn       Lifford AC

Ciara Durkin                        Skerries AC

Senior Men      

Michael Mulhare              Portlaoise AC

Dan Mulhare                      Portlaoise AC

Mick Clohissey                 Raheny AC

U23 Women    

Mary Mulhare                   Portlaoise AC

Maria Sullivan                    Raheny AC

U23 Men           

Sean Tobin                          Clonmel AC

Junior Women

Linda Conroy                      Mullingar Harriers AC

Sarah Miles                         DSD AC

Ella Fennelly                       DSD AC

Rachel O’Shea                   West Muskerry AC

Junior Men       

Con Doherty    

Andrew Coscoran            Westport AC

Brendan OConnor           Star of the Sea

Jack MacGabhann           An Riocht

              

Girls U17           

Siofra O’Flaherty              SLOT

Aoife Hamilton                  West Waterford

Aisling Kelly                        St Johns

Isabel Carren                     Skerries

Development Team     

Eimear Fitzpatrick            DSD

Emma O’Brien                   Inbhear Dee

Fiona Everard                    Bandon

Hana Blake                          Inbhear Dee

              

Boys U17           

Alan Monahan                  Bohermeen

Cathal McCarthy               Doheny

Shane Hughes                   Mullingar

Fearghal Curtin                 Youghal

Development Team     

Sean Carrigg                       Celtic DCH

Conall Hayes                      Le Cheile

Oisin O’Gibne                    Boyne

Ruairi Casey                        Togher