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Summary

  1. Norway's Filip Ingebrigtsen wins senior men's title; GB win team silver
  2. Turkey's Jasemin Can wins women's gold; GB win team silver
  3. Spain take gold in mixed relay; GB finish fourth
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  1. Schedule & results

    All times GMT unless stated

    • Italy's Nadia Battocletti wins women's under-20 gold; GB take team gold
    • Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway wins third successive under-20 Men's gold; GB win team silver
    • Denmark's Anna Emilie Moller wins women's under-23 race; GB take team bronze
    • Jimmy Gressier wins under-23 Men's gold; GB team win silver
    • Turkey's Yasemin Can wins the senior women's gold medal; GB team win silver
    • Norway's Filip Ingebrigtsen wins senior men's title; GB win team silver
    • Spain take gold in mixed relay; GB finish fourth
  2. What is it?

    The European Cross Country Championships is an annual international cross country running competition. It is organised by the European Athletic Association and is held in December each year. The championships started in 1994 in Alnwick, Northumberland, and the venue for the championships changes each year.

    Unlike the World Championships for the sport, the European Cross Country Championships consists of six races in age categories, with separate senior, under-23, and junior races for both men and women. There are individual and national team medals awarded in each race.

    In the team competition, the finishing positions of the top six scorers from a team of up to nine are combined for the men and women respectively, and the lowest score wins. For the junior races, the top three from a team of up to four are scored.

  3. Paula and Mo among GB's roll of honour

    Paula Radcliffe
    Image caption: Paula Radcliffe wins the 2003 European title in Edinburgh

    GB boast some notable individual successes at the European Championships over the years in both the men's and women's races.

    Paula Radcliffe triumphed in 1998 and again on home turf in Edinburgh five years later.

    Hayley Yelling won the following year in Germany and then matched Radcliffe's feat by winning her second title in 2009. Four years ago, Gemma Steel made it a hat-trick of British winners.

    Jon Brown was GB's first men's champion in December 1996 and the second, 10 years later, was Mo (now Sir Mo) Farah, who took the title in Italy in 2006.

    Britain's longest-serving competitor at the event is 32-year-old Andy Vernon, who will be running for the 12th time in Tilburg. His best finish came in 2013 in Belgrade, where he won a bronze medal.

    Vernon still has some way to go to eclipse the race's longest-serving competitor, Serhiy Lebid of Ukraine, who competed in all of the first 20 editions of the race, winning 13 medals of which nine were gold.

  4. What happened in 2017?

    The 2017 edition was held in Samorin, Slovakia and Great Britain topped the medal table with nine medals across the day - winning five golds and four bronze medals.

    In the senior men's category, GB won two medals. Andrew Butchart came third to win individual bronze. Ben Connor finishing sixth and Tom Lancashire 26th, combined with Butchart's third placed finish earned GB a bronze in the team race.

    In the senior women's team race, GB went two better as they picked up the gold medal. A sixth place finish for Charlotte Taylor added to an eighth and ninth place for Emelia Gorecka and Gemma Steel was enough for Britain to finish eight points clear of Romania in second.

    GB also won gold in the senior mixed relay race as Melissa Courtney, Cameron Boyek, Sarah McDonald and Tom Marshall finished in 18:24 to pip Czech Republic by a single second.

    The under-23 men's and women's team both picked up a bronze medal in the team event and Jessica Judd also won the individual bronze.

    Harriet Knowles-Jones then stole the show with two gold medals in the junior women's category.

    The then 19-year-old won the individual gold medal by 11 seconds before a ninth place and 11th place finish from Cari Hughes and Khahisa Mhlanga won Knowles-Jones her second gold medal in the team race.

    Great Britain team celebrate their Gold Medal during the U23 Women's award ceremony
  5. Who is in the GB squad?

    Senior Men: Nick Goolab, Dewi Griffiths, Charlie Hulson, Ross Millington, Marc Scott, Andy Vernon.

    Senior Women: Charlotte Arter, Kate Avery, Melissa Courtney, Verity Ockenden, Jess Piasecki, Pippa Woolven.

    U23 Men: Emile Cairess, Patrick Dever, Oliver Fox, Mahamed Mahamed, John Millar, Paulos Surafel.

    U23 Women: Dani Chattenton, Abbie Donnelly, Amy Griffiths, Emily Moyes, Poppy Tank, Lydia Turner.

    Junior Men: Isaac Akers, Jake Heyward, Rory Leonard, Jack Meijer, Tom Mortimer, Matt Willis.

    Junior Women: Grace Brock, Cari Hughes, Anna MacFadyen, Khahisa Mhlanga, Tiffany Penfold, Amelia Quirk

    Mixed Relay: Alex Bell, Jess Judd, Philip Sesemann, Jamie Williamson.

  6. How to get into cross country?

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    Cross-country running is a discipline that sees athletes race outdoors on grass or woodland courses. It usually takes place in the winter, outside of the track-and-field season.

    There is no set distance but races would usually fall into the long-distance category of running.

    Stamina and endurance are very important, but you also need to be ready to get muddy!

    While predominantly an individual sport, there is often a team element to races.

    Second place finisher Britain's Mo Farah (C) runs behind Britain's Ross Millington (L) in the men's race in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country run in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh on January 9, 2016