Great Britain and Northern Ireland claim five golds at European Cross Country Championships to finish top of the table

The women battle it out at the European Cross Country event in Lisbon (PA Images)
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Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished top of the table at the European Cross Country Championships with successes for the women's, mixed, and men's relays sides as well as under-20 titles in both men's and women's.

The women's under-23 team also clinched a bronze at the event in Lisbon, Portugal.

Turkey's Yasemin Can won her fourth consecutive title in the senior women's event, beating Norway's Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal and Sweden's Samrawit Mengsteab with Britain's Jess Judd finishing sixth and compatriot Charlotte Arter one place behind her. 

"This is a really nice and close-knit team, so I'm pleased we could win the gold," said Judd.

"Seeing all the British support out on the course was amazing, it really helped me around the course.

"I felt like I entered hell on that last lap, but we put all the work in for moments like that, so I'm so happy and to round off the championships like that is amazing." 

In the under-20 event, Italy's Nadia Battocletti claimed the title with Britain's Izzy Fry in sixth.

In the mixed relay the British team claimed gold by six seconds ahead of second place Belarus, with France taking the bronze.