Change to rules as Cross Challenge dates revealed

Prize money to remain the same but rules tweaked for 2013-4 edition of British Athletics Cross Challenge

Posted on September 12, 2013 by
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START SENIOR MEN Bristol (Mark Shearman)

The 2013-14 edition of the British Athletics Cross Challenge is to offer the same prize money as last winter despite the loss of title sponsorship.

With McCain’s support of UKA having finished at the end of the 2012-13 edition, the federation will fund the prize pot of £30,800.

However, athletes this winter will need to compete in just two fixtures plus the final in Birmingham rather than three.

Last winter’s Cross Challenge was poorly supported in terms of depth in most age groups. For example, fifth place and £200 went to over-45 Andy Jones, who was 282nd in the final, while on the women’s side, the prizes went to the only six athletes who did enough events to score.

The adjustment should mean stronger competition for the prizes, which is especially necessary this year. The Antrim event in Northern Ireland, traditionally the least well supported, is further suffering this winter from a clash with the county championships. It was moved to this date from January 11, which is the date of UK’s other IAAF Permit cross-country meet in Edinburgh.

Both organisers wanted that date but in the end Nova, who were bidding to satisfy BBC requirements, won out over Athletics Northern Ireland.

Entries are being accepted for the first fixture in Bristol at runbristol.com, while entry for the Liverpool meeting, which incorporates the trials for the European Cross Country Championships, is also set to go live soon.

British Athletics Cross Challenge 2013-14:
Bristol – October 27
Liverpool – November 23
Antrim – January 4
Cardiff – January 19
Birmingham –  March 8

» This news was first published in the September 12 issue of AW, which is available here. Grab a copy for more of the latest news from the world of athletics.

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