The scene is set and the historic city of Bilbao in northern Spain is ready to welcome the athletes for the 16th European Cup 10,000m.
Europe's best middle and long distance runners are eagerly looking forward to the event, as it will provide them with a much-valued opportunity to compete together with their compatriots ahead of the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki. A record preliminary entry has been received and all the evidence is pointing towards a memorable event in Bilbao.
We are grateful to the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA), the City of Bilbao and Atletismo Santutxu Club who have worked hard to provide the best possible conditions for the athletes. We know they have put their hearts into making the event a fitting tribute to their efforts.
We wish the best of luck to all the competitors and an enjoyable stay in Bilbao to everyone involved in what promises to be a great event.
European Athletics President
The European Cup 10000m comes back to Bilbao, after several editions held in the neighboring city Barakaldo. In an Olympic year, this will be an excellent occasion for European athletes to achieve the entry standards for London 2012. In view of the large number of fans of long distance running in this region, we are sure that many of them will attend the event to enjoy it and cheer athletes up in their effort to achieve great marks.
We would like to thank the City of Bilbao and Atletismo Santutxu Club for their help and that this competition can be organised with the necessary resources.
Till then, I send you my best regards,
José Maria Odriozola
Royal Spanish Athletcs President
It is my pleasure to invite you to the XVI European Cup 10.000m 2012. Next 3 June, we have an appointment with sport and Athletics.
¡For the first time, Bilbao will host this event which gathers the best European Athletes. In the field of sport, this is a very special year for Bilbao because our city has been awarded as the European City of Sport 2012 for the promotion of Olympic values in the City. The European Cup 10.000m is a clear example of it.
¡Thanks to the work of many sport institutions, we keep on bringing sport much closer to people, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation and Atletismo Santutxu Club for their involvement and work on this event.
¡I hope that many athletes come to enjoy this sports party and also to experience the activities offered by the City of Bilbao. Good luck for all.
¡Come to Bilbao to enjoy Athletics!
Councillor of the Euskera, Youth and Sport Department
Bilbao Kirolak President