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Oliver Fox runs for GB in European Cross County Championships.

 

FORMER King’s College pupil Oliver Fox represented Great Britain in the European Cross Country Championships earlier this month, coming 19th out a strong field of 92 competitors.

The 22 year old was part of the Multiple European Cross Country Championship team and individual medallists – a 40-strong British Athletics team that travelled to Tilburg in The Netherlands

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, 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.

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

Commenting on Fox’s success and consistent GB selection, 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.”


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