Cross country and Fionnuala Britton clearly get along just fine. European Cross Country Champion a year ago, and an eight-time qualifier to the World Cross Country Championships, the Irishwoman got the hill-and-dale season off to a strong start in Atapuerca, Spain on Sunday.
Hiwot Ayalew (Ethiopia) and Linet Masai (Kenya) took home top honors, with Britton’s fourth-position finish putting her second among potential entrants at the European championships, coming up on December 9th. The Dublin-based athlete was in the lead pack early and battled with a group of Britons and Portugal’s Sara Moreira, after the two East Africans broke away. In the end, Britton would beat the Portuguese Olympian but finish just six-seconds back from Team GB’s Jessica Coulson.
Over a course just shy of 8-kilometres, Britton clocked 25:48.