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Home Countries Report 2011

The Home Countries Cross Country international held this year at the Greenmount campus, Antrim, Northern Ireland saw the England teams in fine form in this, the last of the season’s cross country events. The England selection policy meant that runners that didn’t go to the World Cross (in some cases narrowly missing selection), got the

Home Countries Report 2010

Roaring success for the English Lions once more: Home Countries International, Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, March 27th Team England repeated their 2009 success with a clean-sweep of team victories at the annual Home Countries cross-country international; collecting two individual titles in the process, writes Nicola Bamford. Mansfield’s Berry Hill Park played host to the increasingly

Nationals 2010 Preview

Saucony English National cross-country Championships PREVIEW – Saturday 27th February, Roundhay Park, Leeds Ahead of the forthcoming Saucony English National cross-country Championships, Nicola Bamford previews the top contenders to look out for at the Leeds event… Senior men As previously featured on the ECCA website, Stockport’s Steve Vernon starts as a hot favourite to capture the senior men’s 12km title. The 29-year-old has

Hannah Nuttall Feature

Hannah Nuttall: Following in her parents’ footsteps Though she may be a new name on the winter circuit, the under-13 star of the cross season so far must be Charnwood AC’s Hannah Nuttall. With a familiar surname in athletics circles considering the talented family genes and despite only having five races under her belt, Hannah is

Jess Sparke – feature

Jess set to cause some Sparkes in the National Cross Few final year university students could find the time or energy to consistently perform on the domestic and international cross-country scene, but Woodford Green with Essex Ladies runner, Jess Sparke has been passing every test with first-class marks this year, writes Nicola Bamford. The 22-year-old St Mary’s University

International Cross Cup – Hannut, Belgium

Fine Team England performances in International Cross Cup – Hannut, Belgium report   Team England runners proved their love of distance running on Valentine’s Day with some superb performances, including top-three domination in the junior men’s and women’s races, respectively, at the International Cross Cup in Hannut, Belgium, writes Nicola Bamford. Junior women European under20 cross-country

Home Countries International, Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, March 27th

Team England will send four strong squads to the annual Home Countries international at Mansfield’s Berry Hill Park this Saturday, as they seek to replicate their resounding success from the 2009 event, writes Nicola Bamford. Hosts England took victory in three of the four team competitions last year and will face Scotland, Wales and Northern

Steve Vernon

Vernon’s navigation set for National XC glory In the form of his life following years of injury nightmares, Stockport Harrier Steve Vernon has been the comeback story of the season and is speeding into this month’s National cross-country Championships as the red-hot favourite, writes Nicola Bamford. The 29-year-old 2003 and 2005 UK 4km cross-country Champion

Saucony English National cross-country Championships REPORT – Saturday 27th February, Roundhay Park, Leeds

The Saucony English National cross-country Championships staged its’ 134th edition in Roundhay Park, Leeds last weekend; where cold, muddy and hilly conditions greeted the nation’s best mud-larks in a thrilling days’ action of distance-running, writes Nicola Bamford. Returning to the north Yorkshire city for the first time since 2004, the event witnessed plenty of surprises

Elgoibar international cross-country report

Aldershot, Farnham and District’s Jonny Hay was the star performer of a fifteen-strong England squad at the LXVII Cross Internacional Juan Mugerza in Elgoibar, Spain yesterday, writes Nicola Bamford.The event held on a course around the Sports Centre attracted athletes from far and wide with Kenya, Uganda, Argentina, Russia, Italy, France, Portugal and Spain being represented. Junior Men