Fionnuala Britton proved she is on track for this year’s SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade.
She took part on Sunday in the Lotto Crosscup of Mol, Belgium, where she competed along with her Irish teammates and several other European athletes.
The two-time SPAR European cross country champion showed her excellent form as she pulled away from the field from the start.
Only Fabienne Schlumpf from Switzerland tried to follow Britton’s pace, but soon realised she could not be catched.
Britton won the race easily ahead of Schlumpf and Veerle Dejaeghere of Belgium.
She stormed through the 4,700m sandy track of Mol with a sensational time of 15.40.
“This was an excellent test for me”, she said. “The sandy track was tough, but I’m glad with the way I’ve run.
"I hope to improve my condition over the coming weeks. I’m really dreaming of a third European title in Belgrade.”
The men’s race was won by Alex Kibet of Kenya, who completed the 9,200m course in 27.52.
He outlasted promising Belgian duo Pieter-Jan Hannes and Jeroen D’Hoedt, who will likely have a role to play in Belgrade.