Wicklow Cross Country ace Fionnuala Britton, has scooped her second “Irish Times” – Irish Sports Council’s ‘ Sportswoman of the Month” award, having just been chosen as the December monthly winner.
You will recall her fine performances towards the year end , as reported here on SportsNewsIreland, not only in finishing fourth in the senior race at the European Cross Country Championships in the Algarve but also achieving a second place in the prestigious IAAF Cup a week later in Belgium – here she was only two seconds behind winner,
Although she narrowly missed out on a medal in Portugal, Britton was further heartened by her run a week later at an IAAF Cross Cup event in Belgium where she came second, just two seconds behind the winner, Kenya’s Caroline Chepkwony, and ahead of two of the women who finished in front of her of her in the Europeans – Jessica Augusto and Dulce Felix.
Fionnuala is currently in South Africa for three weeks of high-altitude training in preparation for her next big target, the World Cross Country Championships in March. “The race is on in Spain and I like running there, so I want to be in the best shape possible. I think I will get that preparation in South Africa because there will be other top runners in the camp as well.”
Having won the December award she will battle it out against the other monthly winners in December 2011 for the overall Sportswoman of the Year title.
Established in 2004, the aim of the Sportswoman of the Year awards is to recognise the abilities and achievements of women in Irish sports. The awards run over a 12 month period, with the judges selecting a winner each month for her ability to excel at sport.