The mens elite class was easily won by the good-mooded Belgian Fabien Pasquasy with a time of 65 minutes. Half the race he took in the Englishman Archer Duncan, who ended in second spot. Pasquasy ran away from him one more minute and won by 3,5 minutes. Etienne Van Gasse, who showed great shape in Belgian crosscountry champs last week, became third another 4 minutes behind. Without a big mistake near the end of the race, he would be in the battle for the first place. The Swede from Södertälje, Pål Skogtjärn, lost precious time at several controls. He had problems navigating in the quickly changing and confusing vegetation. He became 4th with a time of 74 minutes. In 5th and 6th spot we find Thomas van der Kleij and Joost Talloen with 75 minutes. Seperated by twenty seconds they took the gold and silver in the Belgian student champs. Jeroen Hoekx, who was running very strong during the winter, became third in this championship with a time of 78 minutes.
Men Elite, 11.6 km, 480 m
1. PASQUASY Fabien, BEL, 1:05:35
2. ARCHER Duncan, GBR, 1:09:04
3. VAN GASSE Etienne, BEL, 1:13:28
4. SKOGTJÄRN Pål, SWE, 1:14:57
5. VAN DER KLEIJ Thomas, BEL, 1:15:15
6. TALLOEN Joost, BEL, 1:15:36
Fabien Pasquasy and Archer Duncan
The Women race was won by the Belgian Veerle Tulleneers. Miek Fabré, only a junior, was in second place 2 minutes slower. She was closly followed by Rebecca Robberts from England. The number one ranked belgian Greet Oeyen could only set the 4th best time in this course. Two other English juniors, Victoria Stevens and Jo Halliday, became 5th and 6th.
The Belgian Student Championship was won by Miek Fabré. Her team-mates from Leuven University, Tiny Dams and Elien Melis were second and third.
Women Elite, 8.0 km, 305 m
1. TULLENEERS Veerle, D21E, BEL, 1:01:55
1. FABRÉ Miek, D-20, BEL, 1:03:32
2. ROBERTS Rebecca, D-20, GBR, 1:03:53
2. OEYEN Greet, D21E, BEL, 1:06:43
3. STEVENS Victoria, D-20, GBR, 1:09:40
4. HALLIDAY Jo, D-20, GBR, 1:09:51
As the last few years the competition between the federations was won by England. VVO-(Belgium) was second, close followed by FRSO(Belgium). The NOLB(Netherlands) was 4the and WTB(Germany) 5th.
1. ENG, 197
2. VVO, 153
3. FRSO, 152
4. NOLB, 66
5. WTB, 57
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.: Map H21E