England Cross Country is in fact the ECCA (England Cross Country Association) and the full funding of the trips that we go on are a result of the income from both the National Cross Country Championships and the National Cross Country relays (held annually at Mansfield).
This is the only regular opportunity to run internationally and be offered an England vest for those athletes who are both interested in cross country, and interested in using cross country to progress their own performances ie on the road or track. Without these opportunities many athletes on the ‘fringe’ would not get the chance to fulfil their promise or test themselves internationally.
The 4 England Team Managers, Eamonn Martin, Sue Lamb, Keith Holt and Barbara Cutting are all volunteers and spend a lot of their own time selecting then re-selecting due to various reasons such as injuries, illness and withdrawals. Some of these withdrawals are through lack of advanced planning or realisation of fixture clashes when the England event comes round having not been spotted sooner by athlete or coach.
This season we are trying to assist even further by offering the selected racing schedule early and also highlighting the potential clashes that could affect your decision as coach or athlete to compete.
|Fixtures||Potential clashes or benefits with other events|
|11/11/18 Burgos Spain||11/11/18 Milton Keynes Cross Challenge|
|13/01/19 Elgoibar Spain (TBC)||12/01/19 Great X Country Stirling (formerly Edinburgh)|
|19/01/19 Belfast (Home Countries Inter’l) Incorporated in Belfast Cross Challenge|
|20/01/19 Seville Spain (TBC)|
|10/02/19 Rotselaar Belgium||02/02/19 BUCS Cross Country, Exeter
15-17/02/19 BUCS Indoor Champs, Sheffield
Team Selection: Athletes are urged to consider the above fixtures and clashes and contact the relevant England Team Manager as soon as possible, to make themselves available for selection, and then plan their season with these fixtures in mind. Contact details can be found on the Managers page.
We are aware how readily injuries or illness can occur, so this is an advanced communication to try and assist coaches and athletes accordingly with their winter season plan.