Ireland is to host the European Cross Country Championships for the second time after successfully bidding for the 2020 edition.

The venue for the event, which is set to take place on December 13, will be Dublin’s National Sports Campus.

Athletics Ireland previously hosted the European Cross in Santry Demesne in 2009.

Dublin also held the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2002 on Leopardstown Racecourse, where winners included Paula Radcliffe and Kenenisa Bekele.

“We are delighted to have secured the hosting of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships for 2020,” said Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams.

2020 European Cross Country Championships
2020 European Cross Country Championships
“We look forward to working with Fingal County Council, Sport Ireland and RTE to ensure the event is a world class experience for both athletes and spectators.”

Fingal County Council senior executive officer Mary Godwin added: “We look forward to working closely with Athletics Ireland and the other partners to ensure we host the best European Cross Country Championships to date.”

The next edition of the Euro Cross will take place in Tilburg, Netherlands, on December 9, while the 2019 championships will be held in Lisbon in Portugal.

When confirming Dublin as the host of the 2020 Euro Cross, European Athletics also announced that the 2021 European U20 Championships had been awarded to the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

Tallinn was the host of the 2011 European U20 Championships as well as the 2015 European U23 Championships.

Source: AW