Europe’s Greatest XC Runner Going For It Again
At 36, he isn't letting his age get in the way.
At 36, he isn’t letting his age get in the way.
On December 11, Europe’s most successful cross-country runner, Serhiy Lebid of the Ukraine, will be lacing up his spikes once again. The 36-year-old athlete will be competing in the SPAR European Cross Country Championships. In the event’s 17-year history, Lebid hasn’t missed one.
Even more impressive: He’s won nine titles.
“The SPAR European Cross Country Championships means a lot to me, it’s a race which established my name more than 10 years ago,” Lebid said. “It will be a sad day when I can’t run in it any longer so I want to keep being on the start line for as long as possible.”
Lebid’s recipe for success at the championships is a bit unusual: He doesn’t race any cross-country events beforehand.
He last raced at the end of August when he won the Giro delle Mura Città di Feltre 9.5K road race in Italy in 27:10.
“I’ve heard [Great Britain’s] Mo Farah will not be running this year but look at last year’s race. I had to work really hard to beat some good French, Spanish and Portuguese runners,” he said. “Nobody ever lets me have an easy time.”
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