Major Events

SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Preview | Can anyone dethrone Ingebrigtsen in the shadow of La Mandria Castle?

The historic La Mandria Castle will provide a suitably regal backdrop as Jakob Ingebrigtsen bids to add another jewel to his crown as the latter day k [...]

8th December 2022 11:43

Preview | Reigning champion Grøvdal renews rivalry with Can and Klosterhalfen in La Mandria Park

Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal's path to the senior title last year was far from a straightforward one but the Norwegian will be looking to extend h [...]

8th December 2022 11:36

Preview | Italy poised to challenge the Brits for mixed relay gold in La Mandria Park

The Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad will have a battle on their hands to maintain their domination of the mixed relay title at the SPAR Europ [...]

7th December 2022 09:50

Flashback to Chia 2016 | The arrival of Jakob Ingebrigtsen

In the last of four themed features ahead of this year's SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park on 11 December, we look [...]

6th December 2022 10:29

Preview | Home favourite Battocletti to target fourth successive title in La Mandria Park

Nadia Battocletti will be chasing a historic place in the annals of Italian athletics when she defends her continental U23 crown on home soil in the 2 [...]

6th December 2022 09:23

Preview | Rising Nordic talents to clash in the U20 races in La Mandria Park

Reigning champion Axel Vang Christensen from Denmark leads a continental field brimming with talent and ability in the men's U20 race at this year's S [...]

5th December 2022 12:40

Flashback to San Giorgio su Legnano 2006 | Farah’s first senior triumph

In the third of four themed features ahead of this year's SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park on 11 December, we loo [...]

3rd December 2022 15:51

Final entries published for 2022 SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Final entries for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park near Turin on 11 December have been published and can be v [...]

2nd December 2022 10:13

European 5000m champion Klosterhalfen headlines Germany’s team for La Mandria Park

European 5000m champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen will be to the fore of a strong German team in the senior women's race at the SPAR European Cross Coun [...]

1st December 2022 14:39

Flashback to Ferrara 1998 | The reign of Radcliffe and Lebid begins

In the second of four themed features ahead of this year's edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park near T [...]

1st December 2022 10:23

Crippa and Battocletti headline Italy’s team for SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Hosts Italy have announced a team of 40 athletes for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park on 11 December includin [...]

30th November 2022 17:23

Reigning champions Hicks and Keith headline British team for La Mandria Park

Reigning champions Charles Hicks and Megan Keith both feature on the 40-strong British team for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemo [...]

29th November 2022 14:55

Katir poised to make his SPAR European Cross Country Championships debut

Mohamed Katir will make his debut at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park near Turin on 11 December.  Katir [...]

29th November 2022 11:49

Reh downplays her individual prospects but positive about team chances in Turin

Alina Reh booked her place on the German team for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park on 11 December with decisi [...]

29th November 2022 11:00

Ingebrigtsen and Grøvdal to defend titles at SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal will defend their senior titles at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-L [...]

29th November 2022 09:41

Bibic and Lahti dominate in Tilburg on the road to the European Cross

Serbia's Elzan Bibic and Sweden's Sarah Lahti strode to comfortable victories at the Warandecross in Tilburg on Sunday (27), the last major continenta [...]

28th November 2022 11:37

Weekend roundup | Reh recovers from a fall to win German cross country title

Alina Reh sealed her place on the German team for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park on 11 December with a deci [...]

27th November 2022 15:01

Who, where and how to watch? European Cross selection races in focus this weekend

From the famous Warandecross in Tilburg to national championship and trial events taking place all across Europe, this weekend should give us a cleare [...]

25th November 2022 15:40

Flashback to Alnwick 1994 | McKiernan's golden breakthrough

In the first of four themed features ahead of this year's SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park on 11 December, we loo [...]

24th November 2022 15:38

Mageean, McElhinney, Healy and Griggs to lead the Irish medal hunt in La Mandria Park

European 1500m silver medallist Ciara Mageean is one of the standout names on an Irish team full of medal possibilities at the SPAR European Cross Cou [...]

23rd November 2022 13:51

Aouani books European Cross ticket with victory at La Mandria Park test event

With three weeks to go until the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park, Iliass Aouani confirmed his place on the Itali [...]

21st November 2022 10:37

All roads lead to La Mandria Park! European Cross test event to take place on Sunday

Italy's leading distance runners will be looking to impress the team selectors on Sunday (20) at the ‘J Medical International Cross La Mandria', [...]

17th November 2022 16:56

Europe’s top U20 prospects to clash in Tilburg on the road to the European Cross

Three of Europe's most outstanding and precocious U20 runners will meet at the International Warandecross in Tilburg on 27 November on the road to the [...]

15th November 2022 15:47

Raitanen confirmed for mixed relay duties for Finland at the European Cross

Recently crowned European 3000m steeplechase champion Topi Raitanen will make his senior debut at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Pie [...]

15th November 2022 11:45

On the comeback from illness, Battocletti targets individual and team success at the European Cross

Jakob Ingebrigtsen isn't the only athlete who is currently cresting an impressive win streak at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships. Nadia B [...]

14th November 2022 12:23

Antalya to stage 2024 SPAR European Cross Country Championships

The European Athletics Council has awarded the 2024 SPAR European Cross Country Championships to Antalya in Turkey on Saturday (12). This will be the [...]

12th November 2022 09:30

One month to go | A look ahead to the 2022 SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Today (11) marks one month to go until the 28th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships brings the 2022 calendar of major events to a [...]

11th November 2022 10:41

Danish distance running talent Thøgersen lands Nordic U20 cross country title

Emerging Danish distance running talent Sofia Thøgersen took a notable victory in the women's U20 race at the Nordic Cross Country Championship [...]

7th November 2022 09:35

Media accreditation opens for 2022 SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Media accreditation is now open for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park near Turin in Italy on Sunday 11 Decembe [...]

1st November 2022 14:08

Lahti dominates in Mol on the road to the SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Sarah Lahti from Sweden scored a commanding victory at the CrossCup Mol on Sunday (30), a World Athletics Cross Country Tour Silver meeting, on the ro [...]

31st October 2022 10:15

Crippa confirms European Cross ambitions after runner-up finish in Forli

After a short end-of-season break, European 10,000m champion Yemeneberhan Crippa continued his return to racing on home soil in the Italian city of Fo [...]

10th October 2022 09:33

Tsegay opens European cross country season with decisive 30km victory at the Lidingöloppet

Swedish distance runner Samuel Tsegay took a decisive victory at the famous TCS Lidingöloppet on Saturday (24), the traditional curtain raiser fo [...]

26th September 2022 09:30

Gold in Dublin could be just the beginning for Scandinavia’s latest distance running prodigy Christensen

As long as he can remember, this is how it's been: the longer the distance, the better Axel Vang Christensen gets.   That was again how it w [...]

17th December 2021 16:37

Unstoppable Ingebrigtsen glides to gold on his senior debut in Dublin

Jakob Ingebrigtsen might have been the youngest competitor in the senior men's race by two years but the scintillating Norwegian glided to gold at the [...]

12th December 2021 15:39

After so many near misses, Grovdal finally gets her senior gold in Dublin

The last five editions of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships have seen Norway's Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal on the podium each time, but afte [...]

12th December 2021 15:02

Great Britain retain mixed relay title thanks to third leg heroics from Bell

Great Britain retained their mixed relay title at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships and, with the greatest respect to the three other memb [...]

12th December 2021 13:16

Battocletti wins her third successive European cross country title in Fingal-Dublin

Nadia Battocletti won her first European cross country title in a sprint finish at U20 level in 2018 and the rising Italian star landed the U23 title [...]

12th December 2021 13:02

Christensen and Keith take unexpected U20 titles in Fingal-Dublin

Axel Vang Christensen continued his outstanding winter form by holding off three reigning European U20 champions on the track and taking the first tit [...]

12th December 2021 11:19

Ciara Mageean: “Believe me: we go into every race competing for gold”

Ciara Mageean has collected European bronze medals both indoors and outdoors in her long and esteemed career over 1500m but a medal of an even brighte [...]

11th December 2021 14:51

Ingebrigtsens and Gressier to headline an all-star men’s race in Dublin

Jakob Ingebrigtsen might be the youngest competitor in the senior men's race at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships but the 21-year-old will [...]

10th December 2021 13:46

Can to challenge for fifth successive senior women’s title in Dublin

Yasemin Can has never been beaten at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships and the Kenyan-born Turkish runner is in contention to become only [...]

10th December 2021 09:27

Battocletti poised to strike again in the U23 ranks in Dublin

New names will be crowned U23 champions at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships after Denmark's Anna Emilie Møller and France's Jimmy [...]

9th December 2021 09:41

Six Tallinn champions to challenge for more U20 honours in Dublin

The SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin on Sunday will see a trio of men chasing a second continental title after triumphing at [...]

8th December 2021 13:21

Following triumph in Torun and disappointment in Tokyo, Kimeli aims to finish season on a high in Dublin

Isaac Kimeli is eagerly looking forward to his third appearance as a senior at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin on 12 De [...]

8th December 2021 12:37

McCormack excels with a 2:23:57 clocking in the Valencia Marathon

One week before the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin, Fionnuala McCormack excelled in the Valencia Marathon on Sunday (5) mo [...]

5th December 2021 18:48

Final entries published for 2021 SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Final entries for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin on 12 December have been published and can be found in pdf format her [...]

3rd December 2021 14:55

Now an Irish citizen, Tonosa will wear the green jersey with pride in Dublin

It is an opportunity that comes along once in a career. For many it never comes along at all. So for the 40 Irish athletes who will compete at the SPA [...]

2nd December 2021 13:21

After injury-plagued 2021, Klosterhalfen has “no expectations” in Fingal-Dublin

World 5000m bronze medallist Konstanze Klosterhalfen will be one of the highest profile names to be competing at the SPAR European Cross Country Champ [...]

2nd December 2021 12:03

Spain selects 40 athletes for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Spain has named a full team of 40 athletes for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin on 12 December. Not since 2015 has Spain [...]

1st December 2021 13:30

Gressier to spearhead French team at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Three-time European U23 cross country champion Jimmy Gressier will make his long-awaited debut in the senior race at the SPAR European Cross Country C [...]

30th November 2021 18:21

Jakob Ingebrigtsen to make senior debut at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen will make his debut in the senior men's race at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dubl [...]

30th November 2021 17:25

Klosterhalfen makes a winning cross country return in Pforzheim en route to Fingal-Dublin

In her first cross country race in almost four years, world 5000m bronze medallist Konstanze Klosterhalfen took an unopposed gun-to-tape victory at th [...]

29th November 2021 12:18

Raess and Bahta edge out the Dutch favourites in Tilburg

Switzerland's Jonas Raess outsprinted reigning champion Mike Foppen from the Netherlands to win the senior men's 10km at the Warandecross in Tilburg o [...]

29th November 2021 10:09

Strong European line-ups assembled for Warandecross in Tilburg

Leading Dutch athletes will face a strong European contingent on the road to the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin at the War [...]

25th November 2021 11:19

McCormack poised to make record 17th European Cross appearance in Fingal-Dublin

Ireland's Fionnuala McCormack looks poised to extend her record of most SPAR European Cross Country Championships appearances to 17 on the women's sid [...]

23rd November 2021 11:30

Finn and Tonosa seal places on the Irish team for Fingal-Dublin

Michelle Finn and Hiko Tonosa sealed their places on the Irish team for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin on 12 December [...]

22nd November 2021 13:29

Gressier maintains winning form on the road to Fingal-Dublin

After winning no fewer than six cross country titles at U23 level, France's Jimmy Gressier is in form to open his senior medal haul at the SPAR Europe [...]

22nd November 2021 10:16

One month to go - 2021 SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Today (12) marks the one-month-to-go countdown to the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin in Ireland, a country with a particul [...]

12th November 2021 11:19

Battocletti and Crippa aiming for more success at SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Italy has enjoyed an unforgettable year in the sporting world, not least in athletics with five gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and there [...]

10th November 2021 17:27

Fitwi and Van Velthoven triumph in Mol on the road to Dublin

International runners had the beating of the Belgians on home soil at the Cross Cup in Mol on Sunday (7), a World Athletics Cross Country Tour bronze [...]

8th November 2021 12:59

Media accreditation for 2021 SPAR European Cross Country Championships now open

Accreditation for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin on 12 December is now open.  The deadline to apply for accredita [...]

2nd November 2021 15:23

Tickets for SPAR European Cross Country Championships on sale

Tickets for the 2021 SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin on 12 December are now on sale. The event will be staged at the Sport [...]

1st November 2021 12:05

Fingal-Dublin gears up for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships

The countdown is on for the much-anticipated SPAR European Cross Country Championships which will take place on the purpose-built cross country course [...]

7th October 2021 15:21

Dublin and Turin to stage SPAR European Cross Country Championships in 2021 and 2022

Following the successful and graceful cooperation of all parties including the respective Local Organising Committees, the SPAR European Cross Country [...]

12th November 2020 01:25

Fingal-Dublin 2020 SPAR European Cross Country Championships cancelled

European Athletics today confirmed the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships that was due to take place in [...]

9th September 2020 09:56

Tree planting programme shows Lisbon's commitment to sustainability

In the context of European Athletics’ Green Inspiration initiative, the organisers of the Lisboa 2019 SPAR European Cross Country Championships implem [...]

13th December 2019 06:41

Bronze in Lisbon could be just the beginning for Gidey

Two days before the SPAR European Cross Country Championships, Efrem Gidey didn’t know if he would be able to compete. The 19-year-old was fit, raring [...]

13th December 2019 04:44

Full replays of SPAR European Cross Country Championships available

Full replays and highlights of the Lisboa 2019 SPAR European Cross Country Championships are available to watch on-demand courtesy of European Athleti [...]

10th December 2019 06:18

SPAR European Cross Country Championships video highlights

The 26th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships were held at the Bela Vista Park in Lisbon and the theme of the day was repeat champ [...]

9th December 2019 12:27

Great Britain tops medal table in Lisbon with five titles

Great Britain & NI topped the medal table at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships for the seventh time this decade, winning five gold medals [...]

8th December 2019 09:30

Can wins an unprecedented fourth successive senior women’s title

Yasemin Can has been the dominant force at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships since 2016 but there were question marks over the Turk’s form [...]

8th December 2019 08:53

Fsiha defeats the favourites to win senior men’s gold for Sweden

In a race brimming with current and former champions as well as the three individual medallists from Tilburg, the individual gold medal in the senior [...]

8th December 2019 08:07

Gressier and Møller graduate out of the U23 ranks on a golden note

Frenchman Jimmy Gressier became the third Tilburg champion to defend his crown again here today – and he once more celebrated in memorable fashion as [...]

8th December 2019 07:37

Ingebrigtsen and Battocletti repeat on the hills in Lisbon

Jakob Ingebrigtsen made it an awesome foursome as he was once more crowned men’s U20 gold medallist at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships i [...]

8th December 2019 07:17

SPAR European Cross Country Championships press conference highlights

Ahead of the 26th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon, Portugal on Sunday (8), some of the leading international and do [...]

7th December 2019 09:54

How to follow the SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Live streaming of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon, Portugal on Sunday (8) will be available courtesy of European Athletics' In [...]

7th December 2019 03:40

Strong opposition awaits reigning champion Ingebrigtsen in Lisbon

The senior men’s race at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships on Sunday (8) always promised to be one of the spectacles of the day and even m [...]

6th December 2019 10:29

On her comeback from injury, Can targets a fourth European cross country title

Her victory last year only came with a one second winning margin attached to it but Turkey’s Yasemin Can prevailed at the SPAR European Cross Country [...]

6th December 2019 10:11

Media advisory: Lisboa 2019 SPAR European Cross Country Championships pre-event press conference

Accredited members of the media are kindly invited to attend the pre-event press conference for the Lisboa 2019 SPAR European Cross Country Championsh [...]

5th December 2019 11:54

Reigning champions Gressier and Møller poised for more U23 success

Jimmy Gressier has amassed a faultless record in this intermediate age-group and the Frenchman will be looking to win his third successive title in bo [...]

5th December 2019 11:04

Class of 2000 to headline U20 races in Lisbon

A year ago his achievements were unprecedented when he won the U20 crown for the third time at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships and Norwa [...]

5th December 2019 09:19

Ingebrigtsens to defend their European cross country titles in Lisbon

Reigning champions Filip and Jakob Ingebrigtsen have confirmed they will defend their titles at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbo [...]

4th December 2019 06:04

Familiar faces to spearhead Spain's mixed relay title defence in Lisbon

Spaniards Solange Pereira and Esther Guerrero will be hoping to maintain their 100 percent medal success in the third staging of the mixed relay at th [...]

4th December 2019 01:09

SPAR European Cross Country Championships: facts and figures

There are only five days to go until the SPAR European Cross Country Championships take place in Lisbon. The European Cross Country Championships date [...]

3rd December 2019 09:06

Machado to spearhead Portugal’s medal challenge in Lisbon

Hosts Portugal have declared a team of 37 athletes for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon on 8 December. Portugal is the fourth m [...]

28th November 2019 10:31

Final entries available for SPAR European Cross Country Championships

The final entries for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon on 8 December have been published and can be viewed here or under Relate [...]

28th November 2019 04:33

Wanders to compete at SPAR European Cross Country Championships

European 10km and half marathon record-holder Julien Wanders from Switzerland will compete at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships for the fi [...]

27th November 2019 10:48

Italy and France confirm teams for SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa will be challenging for his fifth individual medal at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon on 8 Decembe [...]

27th November 2019 03:45

Butchart heads 40-strong British team for Lisbon

Olympic 5000m finalist Andrew Butchart headlines a 40-strong British team for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon, Portugal on 8 D [...]

26th November 2019 12:03

Will Spain recapture the senior men’s team title in Lisbon?

Spain has named a full size team for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon on 8 December. Not since 2015 have the Spaniards won the [...]

26th November 2019 03:57

Dominant McCormack lands her ninth Irish cross country title in Abbotstown

Fionnuala McCormack is one of the great stars of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships, having won the senior individual title in 2011 and 201 [...]

25th November 2019 12:06

Ireland names full size team for SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Hosts of the 2020 edition, Ireland will be fielding full teams in all six individual events, along with a mixed relay team, to Lisbon for this year’s [...]

25th November 2019 03:04

Ouassim Oumaiz: Spain’s big medal prospect in Lisbon

When Ouassim Oumaiz lines up in the senior men’s race at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon on 8 December, there is a very good c [...]

20th November 2019 06:41

Machado achieves a significant win in Soria on the path to Lisbon

There is nothing like winning a medal on home soil and that could be the prize awaiting Portugal’s Mariana Machado in just a few weeks’ time. The SPAR [...]

18th November 2019 09:52

Turin and Jerusalem awarded major events in 2021 and 2022

Turin, Italy and Jerusalem, Israel have both been awarded major events over the next three years at the first day of the 159th European Athletics Coun [...]

12th November 2019 04:03

Møller retains Nordic cross country title in Vierumaki

A year ago in Tilburg, Denmark’s Anna Emilie Moller showed power and tenacity to win gold in the U23 race at the SPAR European Cross Country Champions [...]

11th November 2019 10:48

One month to go - SPAR European Cross Country Championships

The SPAR European Cross Country Championships have twice taken place in Portugal since 1994 and on both occasions the Portuguese flag was hoisted alof [...]

8th November 2019 10:12

Media accreditation now open for the Lisbon 2019 SPAR European Cross Country Championships

Media accreditation is now open for the Lisbon 2019 SPAR European Cross Country Championships on Sunday 8 December. Written press and photographers ar [...]

12th October 2019 06:13

Lisbon to stage the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in 2019

The Portuguese capital of Lisbon will be staging this year’s edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships on 8 December. The annual champi [...]

5th September 2019 09:05

Solange Pereira: 'It was possibly the best day of my life as an athlete.'

Solange Pereira took the very last gold medal of the Tilburg 2018 SPAR European Cross Country Championships when she ran an outstanding last leg in th [...]

20th December 2018 05:54
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