Wednesday 13 November 2019

Cross Country Race 5 - British Athletics Cross Challenge Sefton Park - 23/11/19

L17 3AA

23rd November 2019
Ladies Race 1:05pm – 8.1k
Mens Race 2:05pm - 9.8k

This event is held in conjunction with the Mid Lancs League, however there is a one use number and timing chip issued on the day, so don’t use your Mid Lancs number for this one!

Cost of entry is £1.20 for your timing chip. I pay this up front to the organisers this week, so please only enter if you are sure you are racing as there are no refunds. Please pay me in cash on the day of the race, in exchange for your chip. You must hand your chip back at the end of the race or we get charges....

Although it’s a relatively tame course as far as muddy running is concerned, it’s still a tough flattish course, mainly long grass sections around Sefton Park. Nothing crazy though, nothing like what we have done recently I promise. This one is suitable for all runners and if you are new to cross country this would be an ideal one to attend.

It really is one to race, you will be running amongst the best of British cross country athletes. The winners of the last race in the challenge – Jess Judd and Mahamed Mahamed are likely to be there and it is just amazing to see the difference in their speed. However don’t be put off, there are loads of club runners of all abilities. Do your best and enjoy the atmosphere. My goal is to not get lapped by Jess Judd, if I can achieve that I’m very happy – (the lap is about 2 miles - that’s how fast she is!)

Most runners wear spikes at this event, however in my opinion it’s runnable in trails or fell type inov8 style shoes, I’m guessing it will be quite boggy on the field due to the amount of rain we’ve had. All makes for a really fun race – honest 

Bring your wallets and purses as there is large selection of running kit, trainers and spikes at decent prices right at the finish line, great bargains to be had. Coffee and food vans are there too to warm up afterwards.

Allow plenty of time to get there as some of our runners got caught out by the traffic last year. Parking is on the road all the way around the park. It’s a big event so it gets busy. The club tents are pitched near the kit stalls and finish line commentary box.

Anyone from A&T who is a fully paid member and is UKA registered can enter this one, but I need to know asap before I submit the form to British Athletics. Contact me on here or 07971993903,

Can’t wait to see you there. For £1.20 it’s a great experience.

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