Fionnuala Britton's recent fine form was emphasised on Sunday in Spain as she finished fourth in a high-quality cross country race won by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia.

World Champion Emily Chebet of Kenya was second with Britton missing out on a place on the podium by less than a second after almost 8 kilometres.

With the European Championships a month away, Britton was the first European home, a heartening sign of a return to the form which saw her take the silver medal four years ago in the Under 23-race at the European Championships.