Cross-coun­try dis­tance equal­ity at In­ter-Coun­ties

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SE­NIOR men and women will run the same dis­tance of 10km at the UK In­ter-Coun­ties Cham­pi­onship in Prest­wold Hall on March 9.

The event dou­bles as the Bri­tish Ath­let­ics Cross Chal­lenge fi­nal and trial for the IAAF World Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Aarhus and the or­gan­is­ers are ad­just­ing the dis­tances from the usual dis­tances of 12km for men and 8km for women.

The Sau­cony English Na­tional Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships has come un­der pres­sure in the last 12 months to also re­duce its dis­tances, how­ever a poll of ath­letes at this year’s event showed most run­ners wished to con­tinue rac­ing the tra­di­tional dis­tances, with fears that the size of the women’s field might be hit if the dis­tance was in­creased.

Nigel Holl, head of strat­egy and part­ner­ships at UK

Ath­let­ics, said: “Work­ing with the UK Coun­ties Ath­letic Union, we are ex­cited to pi­lot the equal­is­ing of dis­tances at the Cross Chal­lenge Fi­nal and In­ter-Coun­ties Cham­pi­onships for the first time.

“We, along­side CAU, have lis­tened to the ath­letes tak­ing part in our Cross Chal­lenge events up and down the coun­try, and sup­port this move at one of the big­gest fix­tures in the do­mes­tic cal­en­dar.

“The se­nior races at the world cross coun­try cham­pi­onships are 10km, so with this as the se­lec­tion race, we seek to repli­cate the con­di­tions and dis­tances as closely as pos­si­ble.”

The se­nior women will also run 10km at Prest­wold Hall

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