Cross Country runners prepare to head to Wollaton for 'The National'

The English Cross Country Association National championships head to the familiar mud of Wollaton Park, Nottingham, this Saturday with stalwarts and first timers alike among the 8000+ entrants.

The English Cross Country Association National championships head to the familiar mud of Wollaton Park, Nottingham, this Saturday with stalwarts and first timers alike among the 8000+ entrants.

This year’s entries stand at a total of 8116 – the fifth highest figure since the championships moved to the 10 race format in 2003 and 5% up on the last time the national was at Wollaton in 2014. The Junior Women and Under 13 Boys events both see record entries.

All other races have healthy numbers with the following: Under 13 Girls 647, Under 15 Girls 612 (highest since 1998), Under 17 Women 380, Senior Women 1247, Under 15 Boys 579, Under 17 Men 488, Junior Men 372, Senior Men 2885.

Action gets underway with the Under 17 women’s race over 5k at 11am with the Senior Men last up as they tackle 12k from 3pm. This will be the 129th running of the Senior Men’s championship.

Saucony English National Cross Country Timetable & Entries:

11:00am 25th Under 17 Women’s Championship – 5k – Under 17 Women entries available here

11:25am 14th Under 15 Boys’ Championship – 4.5k – Under 15 Boy entries available here

11:45am 51st Junior Women’s Championship – 6k – Junior Women entries available here

12:15pm 44th Under 13 Girls’ Championship – 3k – Under 13 Girls entries available here

12:35pm 71st Under 17 Men’s Championship – 6k – Under 17 Men entries available here

1:00pm 51st Under 15 Girls’ Championship – 4k – Under 15 Girls entries available here

1:20pm 69th Junior Men’s Championship – 10k – Junior Men entries available here

2:05pm 14th Under 13 Boys’ Championship – 3k – Under 13 Boys entries available here

2:20pm 84th Senior Women’s Championship – 8k – Senior Women entries available here

3:00pm 129th Senior Men’s Championship – 12k – Senior Men entries available here

This weekend also sees the England Athletics Under 15, Under 17 and Under 20 indoor championships at Sheffield so keep an eye on our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/englandathletics and Twitter account at twitter.com/englandathletic for updates as well as visiting www.englandathletics.org/liveevents.