Preparations for this year's Saucony English Cross Country Relays are now in place after a last minute announcement that Mansfield District Council have become Corporate Trustees - and buildings that have been mothballed for nearly a year have had to be checked out. However, nearly all the usual facilities are available, so the show goes on as in previous years.
Despite the uncertainty of whether Berry Hill Park would be available another big entry has been received for this year's event on 2 November.
At the close of entries 1281 teams had been entered across the 10 races, this is just 2 down on the 2017 record and up on last year's number of 1223. When it comes down to each race there is a new record entry for the Senior Women's Race with 184 entries, up 14 on the previous best last year.
In the younger age groups the Under 15 girls has 129 teams entered this year just 4 short of a record while the Under 15 Boys there is 137 entered compared with the record 140. The smallest field understandably is always the Junior Women but standards have been maintained this year with 57 teams entered compared with the record of 58.
On the other end of the scale there is a massive 227 Senior Men's teams entered just 8 short of the 2017 record and up 20 on last year. So the popularity of the event remains high on Club agendas. Travel information has been sent out to Clubs. Click here for more information on the ECCA website.