The event was first staged in Crystal Palace Park and then again in the same location two years later in 1987 before it moved permanently to Berry Hill Park, Mansfield in 1989.
That year, womens events were also held and over the years all the age groups have been added – there are now eight races and ten championships competed for on a single day. Over the years this event has grown in stature thanks to the dedication of all the officials, sponsors and the co-operation of Mansfield District Council. In an era where numbers of participants have fallen this event continues to grow in size.
Since the advent of the event, all the top British cross country runners have competed over the course around Berry Hill Park and with the various laps remaining the same, consistent records have been established and are regularly challenged. The positioning of the event in early November makes it an ideal competition for athletes aiming to qualify for the Great Britain team to take part in the European Cross Country Championships a month later and at the same time support their club.
ECCA Hon Sec
Images (c)Mark Shearman 2012