Belgium's D'Hoedt turns back the clock

It has been a decade since Belgium won a gold medal at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships but Jeroen D'Hoedt ran a tactically perfect race to add his name to the country's long and historic roll of honour at the discipline.

D'Hoedt, the 2009 European Athletics Junior Championships 3000m Steeplechase bronze medallist, covered the 6039 course in 18:46 clinching his victory by edging to the front with just under 400m to go.

With Goolab and Wilkinson among the individual medals and Richard Goodman finishing fifth, Britain were comfortable winners of the team honours, recapturing the title they last won in 2001 with 24 points.

France, winners in 2007 and 2008, had to settle for second on this occasion with 58 points while Norway were third with 77 points.

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