Bri­tish male: David Bedford

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This cat­e­gory cre­ated much de­bate with read­ers ask­ing why three-time Na­tional Cross win­ners like Dave Clarke, Gor­don Pirie and Dave Lewis were left out, as well as world cham­pi­ons Ian Stew­art and Frank Sando and Euro­pean win­ners Jon Brown and Mo Farah.

It was an in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive sec­tion but the win­ner ul­ti­mately was quite de­ci­sive as he took just over half the votes.

Bri­tish fe­male: Paula Rad­cliffe

Af­ter win­ning ju­nior world cross gold in Bos­ton in 1992 Paula Rad­cliffe won the se­nior ti­tle in Os­tend in 2001 be­fore re­tain­ing it in Dublin in 2002.

Add to this her two Euro­pean ti­tles in Fer­rara 1998 and Ed­in­burgh 2003 and she was a clear win­ner from dou­ble world cham­pion Zola Budd.

Joyce Smith pipped Hay­ley Yelling for third.

Paula Rad­cliffe: Bri­tish run­ner saw off the chal­lenge of Gete Wami on muddy course

David Bedford:1971 English Na­tional win­nerat Nor­wich

Ju­lian Goater: phe­nom­e­nal run to de­stroy the Na­tional field at Par­lia­ment Hill in 1981

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