The English Cross Country Association (ECCA) was established in 1992 following the amalgamation of the former men’s and women’s bodies the English Cross Country Union and the Women’s Cross Country and Road Running Association.

The ECCA has been charged with responsibility for:

  • Organising and managing all English national cross country championships.
  • Selecting athletes to represent England in cross country competition and managing those teams.
  • Promoting and supporting the development of cross country running.

Prior to the formation of the ECCA the two men’s and women’s associations were entirely separate so the amalgamation has enabled cross country running to develop as one united sport.

The greatest achievement has been the uniting of the men’s and women’s “Nationals” on one day and at one venue. The first joint championship was held at Luton in 1995.  The other major event in the ECCA calendar is the National Cross Country Relay Championship, held as a joint men’s and women’s Championship since 1989 at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield.

The ECCA is a self-funded, independently constituted Association, affiliated to England Athletics. All Clubs that are affiliated to England Athletics with an interest in Cross Country running have the right to attend and vote at the annual ECCA open meeting.

The ECCA website will provide information on its Championships, details of representative opportunities and a history of cross country running in England.

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