Runners get set for events in Brighton, Nottingham and Leeds

The ECCA area championships take place on Saturday (January 27) in Brighton (South), Nottingham (Midlands) and Leeds (North).

The South of England event can’t use its usual home of Parliament Hill, due to the National being held there next month, so this year’s venue is Brighton’s Stanmer Park, which last hosted the event in 2015.

Andy Maud (pictured) and Emily Hosker Thornhill won at Parliament Hill last year, leading their respective Highgate and Aldershot teams to victory. They will again both be ones to watch, should they decide to compete.

The Midland event takes place at Wollaton Park, with the Nottingham course one of the best known in the country, having regularly hosted the National, and it successfully hosted the 2017 event.

It has also been the venue for the televised Inter-Counties event for many years.

The Midlands are hoping for a good quality entry and Midland senior and junior teams for the Home Countries international will be based on the event.

Alex Brecker and Juliet Potter won at Loughborough last year and Notts AC’s men and Birchfield’s women won the team events.

While the Midlands and South are familiar venues, Harewood House in Leeds is making its debut for the Northern event and the picturesque setting looks an interesting one. If all goes well, it could host the 2019 National.

Ben Connor and Claire Duck were top quality senior winners last year at Knowsley while Sale’s men and Leeds’ women took the team honours.

» Action is set to start at 11am at each of the events. See the January 25 edition of AW for further info and timetables