Double European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton finished an impressive second place at the Iris Lotto Cross Cup in Brussels this afternoon..

Britton faced a number of top class athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia.

The lineup also included European Under-23 champion Jess Coulson of Great Britain, who had beaten Britton at the IAAF Cross Country race in Burgos, Spain on the 11 November.

Ethiopian runner Ruti Aga constantly pushed the pace throughout the race, with only Britton able to stay with such a fast pace.

Both athletes easily moved away from the chasing pack which included Coulson, Belgium’s Almensch Belete and defending champion Caroline Chepkwony of Kenyan.

Aga then made the decisive move, breaking clear of Britton and securing the victory. Britton crossed the line in an impressive second place to cap off an extraordinary year for the Kilcoole AC athlete.

Britton’s next race will be the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country on 5 January, followed by the Antrim IAAF Cross Country on 12 January.