MUDDY MARVELS

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO PICK THE NO.1 CROSS-COUN­TRY RUN­NERS IN HIS­TORY

Athletics Weekly - - Contents - PIC­TURES: MARK SHEAR­MAN

Your chance to vote for the great­est cross-coun­try run­ners and races of all time

AS THE cross-coun­try sea­son gets un­der way, ath­letes around the coun­try are reach­ing for their 15mm spikes, res­ur­rect­ing their run­ning gloves and brac­ing them­selves for the hills and mud.

The win­ter be­gins in mod­est fash­ion with lo­cal league races, but soon builds with the Bri­tish Ath­let­ics Cross Chal­lenge se­ries start­ing next month fol­lowed by the big pre-Christ­mas event – the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Til­burg.

The new year sees the Sim­ply­health Great Ed­in­burgh XCoun­try be­fore the flurry of late-win­ter cham­pi­onships – the In­ter-Coun­ties, Na­tional and English Schools, to name but three.

As a cli­max to the sea­son, we have what prom­ises to be the most in­no­va­tive and ex­cit­ing World Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships for years, too, when Aarhus stages the event around (and over) a Vik­ing mu­seum.

To get you in the mood, this week we open the vot­ing for the great­est cross­coun­try run­ners in his­tory. Over the next half-dozen pages there are five cat­e­gories – best per­for­mance fol­lowed by the No.1 Bri­tish man, Bri­tish woman, in­ter­na­tional man and in­ter­na­tional woman.

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