CROSS COUNTRY GREATS
Grete Waitz, Kenenisa Bekele, Paula Radcliffe, Dave Bedford and Julian Goater come out tops in our readers’ vote
FOR THE NO.1 CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNERS IN HISTORY AND HERE ARE THE RESULTS
IN OUR September 27 issue we asked you to vote for your top British and international crosscountry runners of all time, plus the greatest race or moment in history. Our short lists caused a mild stir and have led to plenty of debate online and meanwhile you’ve been voting in droves.
International male: Kenenisa Bekele
Among other things Kenenisa Bekele won 11 senior individual titles at the World Cross Country Championships as he saw off the challenge of one of his predecessors as world champion, John Ngugi.
International female: Grete Waitz
The Norwegian legend was a big winner of the international women’s poll as she took 56% of the votes to beat Tirunesh Dibaba – the Ethiopian finishing a clear second.
Waitz, who died in 2011 aged 57, won world cross-country titles from 1978-81 and in 1983, mostly by huge margins during an era when the race distance was not very far.
Kenenisa Bekele: Ethiopian finished ahead of John Ngugi (left) in ourinternational men’s poll
Grete Waitz: Norwegian was an overwhelming winner of the women’s international category ahead of Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba (above)