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Coulson leads GB to top of table

Jess Coulson claimed gold as GB and Northern Ireland topped the medal table for the fifth year at the European Cross Country Championships.

Coulson took the honours in the women's under-23 6km race in Budapest to register Britain's only individual gold and keep the title in GB hands following Emma Pallant's 2011 victory.

Stockport athlete Coulson took the win in 20 minutes and 40 seconds, coming home 50 metres clear of the chasing pack.

"This has been a long time coming," the 22-year-old said. "The last time I made a GB team was five years ago.

"I put it down to my coach, Mick Woods. I just really worked hard and I enjoyed it out there today, I was even singing to myself on the way around.

"I just felt good. I got going and then didn't stop."

Coulson's performance was the highlight as GB won two gold (one individual, one team), three silver (one individual and two team) and five bronze (two individual and three team).

In the senior women's 8km race, Louise Damen took 11th place in 28mins 22secs to lead GB to a bronze medal team performance, while Emelia Gorecka took silver in the women's 4km junior event as the GB squad secured team gold for a third successive year.

In the men's senior race, Tom Farrell was the best British finisher in fourth as he and his compatriots took team silver over 9.880km.

James Wilkinson won bronze in the under-23 men's race contested over 8.050km, while the British contingent also took bronze in the team event.

There was also a British bronze in the junior men's race contested over 6.025km as Kieran Clements ran a tactically perfect race to finish third - a result mirrored by GB in the team event.