Antrim International Cross Country
The Antrim International Cross Country, formerly the Belfast International Cross Country, is an annual cross country running meeting which takes place every January in Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is one of the IAAF's cross country permit meetings, as well as being part of the UK Cross Challenge tour. Previous winners include Paula Radcliffe, Paul Tergat and Steve Ovett.
|Antrim International Cross Country|
|Location||Antrim, Northern Ireland|
|Event type||Cross country|
|Distance||9 km for men|
5.5 km for women
The meeting began in 1977 and was held in Mallusk, near Belfast, until 1996. At that point, the course moved for a two-year stint in Barnett Demesne before settling in Stormont in 1999. The course was again moved in 2009, when it became known as the Antrim International Cross Country.
In addition to having been held at numerous venues, the competition has been known under a large variety of names. It was called the Mallusk Crosscountry between 1977 and 1991, except a brief change to the Brooks International Crosscountry in 1989. The meeting was frequently renamed for sponsorship reasons, becoming the Milk International in 1986, the Reebok International Crosscountry in 1992 and 1993, the Ulster Milk Games International in 1994, the Coca-Cola International Crosscountry from 1995 to 1999 and finally the Fila International Crosscountry for 2000–01. During the meeting's time at Stormont it was known as the Belfast International Cross Country and it was in this period that the meeting was elevated to IAAF permit status.
The race course of the meetings at Stormont was on the grounds surrounding Stormont Castle. The current course for the race is on the grassy fields of the Greenmount Campus just outside Antrim town. The races are currently held over 9 km for men and 5.6 km for women. This distance has significantly fluctuated on an annual basis. The men's race was an 8 km from the inaugural edition until 2003. The women's race—introduced in 1986—was previously a 4.8 km race during that period.
Steve Ovett became the first athlete to win the meeting twice, winning in 1978 and 1984. The most successful athlete in the history of the competition is Paula Radcliffe, who has won a record four times (in 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2001). Around 1000 male and female athletes participate in the senior races each year.
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (m:s)||Women's winner||Time (m:s)|
|1st||1977||Gerard Deegan (IRL)||28:00||Not held||—|
|2nd||1978||Steve Ovett (ENG)||24:08||Not held||—|
|—||1979||Not held||—||Not held||—|
|3rd||1980||Nathaniel Muir (SCO)||24:33||Not held||—|
|4th||1981||Barry Smith (ENG)||25:03||Not held||—|
|5th||1982||John Treacy (IRL)||28:00||Not held||—|
|6th||1983||David Taylor (IRL)||24:37||Not held||—|
|7th||1984||Steve Ovett (ENG)||24:36||Not held||—|
|8th||1985||Tim Hutchings (ENG)||22:06||Not held||—|
|9th||1986||Roger Hackney (WAL)||26:12||Susan Tooby (WAL)||18:18|
|10th||1987||Roger Hackney (WAL)||24:23||Liz McColgan (SCO)||16:26|
|11th||1988||Dave Lewis (ENG)||25:22||Liz McColgan (SCO)||17:31|
|12th||1989||Steve Tunstall (ENG)||25:02||Jill Boltz (ENG)||17:21|
|13th||1990||Craig Mochrie (ENG)||24:50||Róisín Smyth (IRL)||17:43|
|14th||1991||Eamonn Martin (ENG)||24:42||Susan Sirma (KEN)||16:46|
|15th||1992||Ondoro Osoro (KEN)||22:37||Catherina McKiernan (IRL)||15:29|
|16th||1993||Simon Chemoiywo (KEN)||23:28||Catherina McKiernan (IRL)||15:49|
|17th||1994||Ismael Kirui (KEN)||23:44||Paula Radcliffe (ENG)||15:40|
|18th||1995||Ismael Kirui (KEN)||23:21||Rose Cheruiyot (KEN)||15:57|
|19th||1996||James Kariuki (KEN)||24:02||Paula Radcliffe (ENG)||16:02|
|20th||1997||Million Wolde (ETH)||23:37||Elena Fidatov (ROU)||15:39|
|21st||1998||Laban Chege (KEN)||26:16||Mariana Chirila (ROU)||17:59|
|22nd||1999||Hendrick Ramaala (RSA)||25:06||Anita Weyermann (SUI)||17:03|
|23rd||2000||Patrick Ivuti (KEN)||24:55||Paula Radcliffe (ENG)||17:18|
|24th||2001||Daniel Gachara (KEN)||24:18||Paula Radcliffe (ENG)||16:51|
|25th||2002||Julius Koskei (KEN)||25:06||Esther Kiplagat (KEN)||17:16|
|26th||2003||Serhiy Lebid (UKR)||24:45||Werknesh Kidane (ETH)||16:46|
|27th||2004||Paul Tergat (KEN)||28:27||Émilie Mondor (CAN)||18:52|
|28th||2005||Dathan Ritzenhein (USA)||29:26||Etalemahu Kidane (ETH)||20:26|
|29th||2006||Barnabas Kosgei (KEN)||28:05||Etalemahu Kidane (ETH)||19:09|
|30th||2007||Moses Kipsiro (UGA)||28:20||Etalemahu Kidane (ETH)||19:29|
|31st||2008||Moses Kipsiro (UGA)||30:19||Hayley Yelling (ENG)||21:20|
|32nd||2009||Imane Merga (ETH)||24:32||Stephanie Twell (ENG)||18:25|
|33rd||2010||Mike Kigen (KEN)||27:49||Mary Cullen (IRL)||18:45|
|34th||2011||Mike Kigen (KEN)||26:07||Charlotte Purdue (ENG)||17:57|
|35th||2012||Mike Kigen (KEN)||34:48||Fionnuala Britton (IRL)||19:32|
|36th||2013||Thomas Ayeko (UGA)||33:08||Fionnuala Britton (IRL)||18:17|
|37th||2014||Japhet Korir (KEN)||28:40||Mimi Belete (BHR)||18:07|
|38th||2015||Thomas Ayeko (UGA)||31:27||Birtukan Fente (ETH)||24:12|
|39th||2016||Aweke Ayalew (BHR)||21:25||Alice Aprot (KEN)||18:05|
|40th||2017||Conseslus Kipruto (KEN)||24:36||Caroline Kipkirui (KEN)||18:53|
|41st||2018||Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN)||23:12||Margaret Kipkemboi (KEN)||19:55|
Winners by countryEdit
- Mary Cullen enters big cross-country race at Greenmount. BBC Sport (19 January 2010). Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- McCain UK Cross Challenge Antrim. UK Athletics (23 January 2009). Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- European Champion to race in Antrim Cross Country International Archived 9 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Athletics Ireland (7 January 2010). Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- McCausland, Malcolm (5 January 2009). Antrim International Crosscountry. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- Rodda, John (4 January 1986). "England Debt to Lewis". The Guardian. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
- Frank, Bob (12 January 2003). Lebid eyes Lausanne after Belfast win. IAAF. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- Landells, Steve (9 January 2007). Moses Kipsiro – Uganda’s latest find. IAAF. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- Antrim International Cross Country Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Athletics Ireland (24 January 2010). Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- Duffy, Cóilín (23 January 2010). Cullen and Kigen take the spoils in muddy Antrim. IAAF. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- Duffy, Cóilín (22 January 2011). Kigen repeats in foggy Antrim. IAAF. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
- Duffy, Cóilín (21 January 2012). Kigen makes it a hat-trick; Britton takes women’s race win in Antrim. IAAF. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- Duffy, Cóilín (12 January 2013). Ayeko and Britton take the honours in Antrim. IAAF. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Duffy, Cóilín and Minshull, Phil (4 January 2014). World champion Korir back to form with Antrim win. IAAF. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- Duffy, Cóilín (15 March 2015). Ayeko and Fente Alemu win in Antrim. IAAF. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- Aprot and Ayalew victorious in Antrim. IAAF (16 January 2016). Retrieved 17 January 2016.
- Kipruto and Kipkirui score Kenyan double in Antrim. IAAF (14 January 2017). Retrieved 14 January 2017.
- Cheruiyot and Kipkemboi take Kenyan double in Antrim. IAAF (9 January 2018). Retrieved 9 January 2018.