Clonliffe’s men’s team take part in the European clubs cross country this Sunday in Portugal. The team of four representing the club is Sergiu Ciobanu, Sean O’Leary, Jonny Whan and Ian Guiden will travel to Lisbon tomorrow evening. It has been several years since the European clubs last took place, not only result of Covid but also the competition was in a hiatus for varying reasons including lack of venues. The competition returns this week, in addition to reduction in the numbers on a team there are now two teams invited from each Federation.
Below is the preview from European Athletics:
The final entries for the ECCC Cross Country which returns to the calendar for the first time since 2019 have been published and can be found here.
The ECCC Cross Country will be taking place in Oeiras, Portugal on Sunday (6) and Sporting Clube de Portugal will be looking to seal their third successive senior women’s team title.
Despite the long hiatus between editions, Sporting Clube’s team is largely unchanged and features the individual winner on that day – Fancy Cherono from Kenya – along with Portuguese veterans Jessica Augusto, Sara Moreira and Sara Catarina Ribeiro.
The highest profile name to be competing at the Jamor National Sports Complex will be Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo, the world half marathon champion and world record-holder. Only 18, Kiplimo won the individual senior title three years ago and he will be looking for individual back-to-back titles for Casone Noceto.
Spanish-based team Atletismo Bikila will be looking to retain their team title and their line-up includes former three-time winner Ayad Lamdassem who has since made an excellent transition to the marathon with a fifth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics.
Their closest challengers for the team title could be Ankara Sport Club whose team features two former European cross country champions in Kaan Kigen Ozbilen and Polat Kemboi Arikan and Eritrean steeplechaser Yemane Haileselassie.
As well as U20 races for men and women, the programme has been expanded further to include a mixed relay which will be contested by nine clubs.