2 March 2016
Entry lists for the British Athletics Inter Counties incorporating the Cross Challenge Final are now available. The annual event will once again take place at Cofton Park in Birmingham on Saturday 12 March.
With double points on offer in this Cross Challenge event, it promises to be a thrilling finale in a fortnight. The five race series started in November at Tear Drop Lakes in Milton Keynes before making stops in Liverpool, Antrim and Cardiff before culminating in Birmingham this month.
Welshman Dewi Griffiths (coach: Kevin Evans, club: Swansea) has enjoyed a wonderful winter which included victory on home turf for the first time at the Cardiff Cross Challenge in January. This win helped the 24 year-old climb to the top of the senior men’s standings overall on 108 points, three clear of his rivals.
However, fresh from victory at the English National Cross Country Championships last weekend, Jonny Hay (Mick Woods, Aldershot Farnham & District) will also be targeting the overall Cross Challenge title with Avon & Somerset’s Owain Jones (Conrad Milton, Bristol & West) and Essex’s Adam Hickey (Eamonn Martin, Southend), last year’s Cross Challenge winner, are also within touching distance of the overall crown.
In the senior women’s race, Louise Small (Mick Woods, Aldershot Farnham & District) has a chance to win the Cross Challenge for the first time with fellow entrants Elle Vernon (Steve Vernon, Stockport) and Kate Avery (Tony Simmons, Shildon) close behind in the race for the overall prize.
Avery won in Antrim to move up the overall standings with Small and Vernon remaining consistent across the five fixtures both collecting runner-up spots throughout the series.
Junior leaders include Harriet Knowles-Jones (Paul Roden, Warrington) in the U20 women and Jonathan Shields (Sheffield & Dearne) in the U20 men. Both will have a chance to secure victory at the UK CAU Inter-Counties and win the Cross Challenge title for the very first time.
More information about the British Athletics Inter-Counties and Cross Challenge Final can be found via this link: http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/competitions/the-british-athletics-cross-challenge/
Click here for programme entry lists for the British Athletics Inter-Counties and Cross Challenge final.