Fionnualla Britton finished seventh in the Cross the l'Acier in northern France today in her final preparatory race for next month's European Championships.

The race was won by Ayelew Hiwott of Ethiopia with other Kenyan and Ethiopians occupying the top four places.

There was just one European ahead of Britton – Sophie Duarte of France who will be a rival for Britton when the Wicklow woman seeks to win her third European title in a row in Belgrade in a fortnight.

Ireland’s Michael Mulhare finished 11th in the men’s race.