• Haile Gebrselassie – One of the greatest ever

    Posted on October 9, 2013 by Andrew in Blog Updates.

      “Cross country for me was very important. As you know my career started in 1991 at the World Junior Cross Championships in Antwerp where I finished 8th. After I returned several times and won medals at the World Cross Championships. I believe it is a great way to build a good base in training for athletes from various distances from middle distance on the track to long distance on the roads. It’s simply unique and brings people from various disciplines together. The initiative having the ESCCO is fantastic and I believe this is a way to inspire and motivate the next generation in Europe! “

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  • Becky Lyne – European Bronze Medalist 800m – 2006

    Posted on October 9, 2013 by Andrew in Blog Updates.

    “I was incredibly fortunate in my career as an athlete to travel to some great places and to meet many amazing people that have enriched my life in so many ways. And so it is just wonderful to see that such a dedicated, knowledgeable, passionate and friendly (to humans and the environment!) team has created this incredible opportunity for aspiring young athletes across Europe to train, learn and compete together. I have no doubt that those that attend will emerge better prepared for the world of athletics; stronger both mentally and physically. And I also have no doubt that it will be lots of fun, with many enduring friendships made […]

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  • Jon Brown – European Cross Country Champion

    Posted on October 9, 2013 by Andrew in Blog Updates.

      “The young athlete pathway should be exciting and with incentives for kids to raise their abilities higher, I think the concept of a European Schools Cross Country event would be a great incentive to maintain a young athletes enthusiasm and passion for their sport, and an opportunity to test themselves against the very best of the same age in Europe.  Giving young talent the means to develop through a European championship will inspire them to think on a bigger scale and become future champions.”

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  • Sonia O’Sullivan – Double World Cross Country Champion

    Posted on August 26, 2013 by Andrew in Blog Updates.

    ”The European schools cross country championships is a great initiative to encourage and give school kids another level of competition to aim for beyond their own country. To have the opportunity to run against and meet school children from across Europe will not only promote healthy competition across borders but also give school children the opportunity to explore new cultures and language development that they may be studying at school.I would like to wish Escco every success in getting this initiative off the ground and running in 2014 and hope that you receive the support required to move forward and create a competitive and cultural experience for secondary school children […]

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  • Sonia O’Sullivan – One of the greatest female athletes ever

    Posted on August 26, 2013 by Andrew in Blog Updates.

    ‘’From school kid National Cross Country champion in 1987 to World Cross Country champion 1998….. Takes years of work, persistence and dedication to get from a good junior athlete to best in the world.’’

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  • Hayley Yelling – Double European Cross Country Champion

    Posted on August 3, 2013 by Andrew in Blog Updates.

      ‘What a great event!  Really encouraging for young athletes to get a feel for competing away from home.  We need something to keep young athletes motivated and inspired to stay in this sport. London 2012 was a great event – providing us with lots of great male and female role models. This event is much needed as there is a gap between school level running and the next level up.  It is also important to remember that its not all about the winning, you firstly need to gain a lot of experience and enjoyment in different races to then become a winner! Great training camps with thought out scheduled days which include structured training, gaining valuable tips from experienced athletes and of course a lot of fun!  I can […]

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  • Catherina McKiernan – Cross Country Legend

    Posted on July 15, 2013 by Andrew in Blog Updates.

    ”I believe this is a fantastic idea to give school going children the opportunity to compete against schools from other countries. It will give young people the incentive to train knowing that they have a big event like this to focus on and the experience they will gain will be invaluable. I have no doubt this event will be a huge success and I want to wish the organisers  and competitors all the best. I wish I was 16 years old again.” Having Catherina McKiernan support ESCCO 2014 is incredible. To have one of the World’s greatest ever cross country athletes backing this event with it’s long term vision of […]

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  • John Downes – Event Promoter ESCCO 2014

    Posted on July 13, 2013 by Andrew in Blog Updates.

    We are delighted to announce John Downes as one of our event promoters for the European Schools Cross Country Open in February. An Irish legend on the country, as well as the road and track, John has competed all over the world during his eventful career. Only man to win Irish Interclubs and British Cross Country Championships in the same year, John, a 7.49 3k athlete, was one of the most consistent athletes over the country in many Irish and English events. He also competed regularly in France, Holland, Luxembourg and in the renowned Lotto Cross Cup in Belgium. John’s passion for athletics is well known and we are proud […]

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  • Base camp No. 1 for ESCCO

    Posted on June 21, 2013 by Andrew in Blog Updates.

    This will be one of the base camps for up to 100 of the athletes that will be coming to the European Schools Cross Country Open in February 2014. The International Windsurfing Centre in Gran Canaria where the World Windsurfing Championships are being held this July. A huge step towards the sustainable running of the ESCCO Running Camp, solar panels are fitted in this centre to supply all hot water.

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  • First school already confirmed

    Posted on June 16, 2013 by Andrew in Blog Updates.

    Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar are the first secondary school to confirm a team of 12 for the European Schools Cross Country Open. The number 1 Senior Boys(u/18) team in Ireland and their silver medal winning Minor Boys(u/14) team mates have laid down the gauntlet to schools all over Europe to answer the call and take on the best in Ireland.

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