Italian runner Nadia Ejjafini was the star of the show at the 28th Cross Internacional Valle de Llodio in Spain on Sunday, a European Athletics Cross Country Permit Race.
The 31-year-old Italian pushed hard from the start of the 7.64km women's race in the Basque Country and by 3km she had a 30m advantage over the rest of the field.
By the bell, for the third of three big laps, Ejjafini led by 12 seconds from the rapidly improving Portuguese runner Leonor Carneiro and at the finish she had extended her advantage to a massive 32 seconds and crossed the line in 26:03.
Ejjafini's emphatic victory means that she will could be one of the favourites for the 2011 SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Velenje, Slovenia, on 11 December.
Kenya's 2008 IAAF World Cross Country Championships silver medallist Leonard Komon took the men's race over 9.79km in 29:15 with the first European runner home in Llodio was Spain's Youssef Aakou, finishing sixth in 30:11.
There was another Kenyan victory at the 22nd Cross de l´Acier in Leffrinckoucke on Sunday. with the 2010 world cross country champion Joseph Ebuya retaining his crown in the French town
Ebuya won over 9.95km at the European Athletics Cross country Permit race in 28:10, beating Ethiopia's current world cross country champion Imane Merga by 25 seconds.
The best European runner was France's 2007 SPAR European Cross Country Championships junior men's winner Morhad Amdouni, who was fifth in 29:10.
Ethiopian marathon runner Feysa Tadesse was the best in the women's 6.55km race in 21:09 but continuing her good form this winter was Ireland's Fionnualla Britton, who finished third in 21:21.
Britton was fourth at the 2010 SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Albufeira, Portugal, almost 12 months ago and she is bidding to get back on the podium as a senior in Velenje following her silver medal five years ago in the under 23 race.
Turkey's 2010 SPAR European Cross Country Championships silver medallist and Turkish steeplechase record holder Binnaz Uslu was fourth in Leffrinckoucke in 21:54 while France's Clemence Calvin was fifth in 21:58.