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OA Ollie Represents GB at European XC Championships

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Many congratulations to former King’s College pupil Oliver Fox who represented Great Britain in the European Cross Country Championships last weekend, coming 19th out a strong field of 92 competitors.

Oliver was part of the Multiple European Cross Country Championship team and individual medallists – a 40-strong British Athletics team that headed to Tilburg in The Netherlands on Sunday 9 December.

The British team has enjoyed a rich vein of success at these championships, having topped the medal table in 11 of the 12 championships. This year the team placed a fantastic second.

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.

The competition 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.

Twenty-two-year-old Ollie, who left King’s in 2015 and runs for Wells City Harriers, is studying medicine at Cambridge. A talented runner while at school, Ollie has represented GB on numerous occasions, often competing in older age categories against more experienced athletes.

Commenting on Ollie’s success and consistent selection to represent GB, his coach, and Head of Athletics and Cross Country at King’s College, Richard Llewellyn-Eaton, said: “We were very happy with his performance – delighted in fact! It has been a tough return to the highest level of competition for him, but he is prospering. After a rest over Christmas we’ll look at where we go next – perhaps the world cross country championships trails.”

Published on: Thursday, December 13, 2018

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