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.
January 7th – Elgoibar, Northern Spain
January 20th – Parliament Hill Home Countries International and Inter Area Match