2016 European Cross Country Champs: Chia, Italy Diaries

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Britton_FionnualaFV-EuroXC12.jpgFionnuala Britton McCormack, Euro Champs 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

I Run Clean at Eurocross
CHIA (ITA): As part of European Athletics' anti-doping efforts, athletes competing at the European Cross Country Championships will wear 'I Run Clean' bibs. A strong testing programme has been planned for championships in collaboration with the IAAF. Over 50 blood and urine samples will be collected in Chia. The testing plan involves target testing for specific analysis as well as random testing for different age-category running events for both genders. It is also good news that all samples in last championships in Hyeres 2015 and also at European Championships this summer in Amsterdam brought negative results.

Butchart hopes for a medal
CHIA (ITA): British team captain and one of the medal contenders Andrew Butchart: "It is a great honour - it has been a good year and finishing it as team captain is a great way to end it. We are here to win as individuals and as a team - if I can get a medal for the team, I would be over the moon. Great Britain has topped the medal table for the past 13 years and we hope to do that again."

Final figures of runners
CHIA (ITA): The final numbers of competitors are 80 men from 25 countries, 73 in men U23 from 22 countries and the highest number 87 runners from 23 countries in U20 men competition. On the women side 73 women runners from 21 countries, in the U23 53 from 18 countries and in the U20 race 82 runners from 22 countries.

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