English National Cross Country Championships (Seniors) – 23-02-2019

Race report by Sarah Roe

This year, the English National Cross Country Championships, held by the English Cross Country Association, were hosted by Northern Athletics at the scenic Harewood House in Leeds. This historic event saw the 131st running of the Senior Men’s Championship and the 86th running of the Senior Women’s Championship, as well as junior races from the under 13 age group upwards. Over 8000 runners from all categories representing clubs across the country were registered to compete!

BMHH were well represented across many of the Junior categories as well as the Senior Ladies and Men – (Junior race report to follow by one of our budding junior runners).

Senior Men’s Race

Cross Country is normally associated with cold, wet and muddy conditions but this was not the case. It was closer to a summers day with the ground in great condition; although you could easily see how a little bit of rain would turn this into a mud festival as some of the Junior members can recount when Harewood House hosted the Northern championships last year.

Senior Ladies’ Race

The Senior Men’s race was a 12km 2 lap course with around 750ft of climbing. With over 2000 runners in the men’s race. Representing BMHH were some of our regular cross country runners, Chris Jefferies, Gary Dack and Stephen Roe. The Senior Ladies’ race was also a 2 lap course, slightly shorter at 8k with 450ft of climbing. Of the 1000 runners, representing BMHH, Rosie Dawson and Sarah Roe both finished in the top half.

It was a brilliant day as we look to the end of a great cross country season. Sunday 10th March sees the last event for the local NYSD cross country league which is a road relay around Darlington South Park – details can be found HERE. There will also be the end of season presentations where a number of our BMHH runners will receive awards for their achievements in the league.

For anyone interested in taking part in NYSD cross country races, keep your eye on the club website for further details after the summer road season. It would be great to have men’s and women’s teams representing BMHH at each race!

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