European XC 2019: Great Britain Wins Mixed Relay

by Clay Shaw

Led by Sarah McDonald, James McMurray, Alexandra Bell, and Jonny Davies, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team won in 17:55.  McMurray, and Bell had the fastest laps in their stages.  Belarus was second, with Katsiaryna Karneyenka running the first lap in the lead.  France took third with the fastest final lap, set by Alexis Miellet.  Spain was fourth, Belgium was fifth, Portugal was sixth, Ireland was seventh, Sweden was eighth, Lithuania was ninth, Italy was tenth.  Ukraine, and Latvia rounded out the twelve-team field.  The relay was held after the Junior (U23) races, and prior to the Senior races.  A smart move by the well-organized Lisbon event.

Top Mixed Relay Teams

  1. 17:55 Great Britain & Northern Ireland
  2. 18:01 Belarus
  3. 18:05 France
  4. 18:11 Spain
  5. 18:19 Belgium
  6. 18:29 Portugal
  7. 18:40 Ireland
  8. 18:45 Sweden
  9. 18:47 Lithuania
  10. 18:54 Italy
  11. 19:14 Ukraine
  12. 19:20 Latvia


Mixed Relay start at Euro XC Championships, twelve teams competing,
Spain and Portugal hand off in the mixed relay at Euro XC Championships. Spain finished fourth, host country Portugal was sixth.
Alexandra Bell of Great Britain runs the fastest third lap of the mixed relay which led Great Britain to the gold medal.
Amy O’Donoghue of Ireland strides in the mixed relay
Loreta Kancyte of Lithuania battles with Joyce Mattagliano of Italy in the mixed relay. Lithuania placed ninth, Italy was tenth.
Liga Velvere of Latvia, who ran at the University of Idaho, runs downhill at the Euro XC mixed relay.
Team Belgium placed fifth in the Mixed Relay.
Melay Relay Champs: Great Britain, led by Alexandra Bell, Sarah McDonald, James McMurray, and Jonny Davies.
Team France placed third in the mixed relay. Yani Khelaf, Aurore Fleury, Sandra Beuviere, and Alexis Miellet.
Team Lithuania placed ninth in the Mixed Relay at Euro XC Lisbon. Loreta Kancyte, Simas Bertasius, Egle Balciunaite, Benediktas Mickus.

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