Bristol fails to win a place in new British Cross Challenge

BRISTOL will not be featuring in the new British Athletics Cross Challenge.

The October meeting, which also incorporates the Mike Sully Trophy and Gemma Butler Bowl, had kicked off the series which was previously sponsored by McCain.

The Bristol event is still scheduled to go ahead on Saturday October 24th – though details have yet to be confirmed – but the new Cross Challenge will launch at Milton Keynes on Saturday November 7, returning to Tear Drops Lake after playing host during last year’s edition of the competition.

After the first leg in Buckinghamshire, the Challenge moves onto familiar territory at Sefton Park in Liverpool on Saturday November 28, which will also incorporates the trials for the European Cross Country Championships which take place in France this December.

There will be two events held in January 2016, one heading to Antrim in Northern Ireland on January 16, before moving onto Cardiff a week later on January 24. The series finishes at Cofton Park in Birmingham for the Cross Challenge Final on March 12 which incorporates the annual UK Inter-Counties Championships.

With nearly £30,000 in prize money up for grabs across the course of the Challenge, there is an extra incentive to take part in the series which offers quality and competitive cross country races over the coming months.

Races will be held for all age groups from the U13 age group to the senior level.

Adam Hickey (Southend) and Lily Partridge (Aldershot Farnham & District) were the Challenge winners of the senior men’s and women’s events in 2014/15.

Full dates and location for the British Athletics Cross Challenge 2015/2016



Saturday 7 November 2015:  Tear Drops Lake, Milton Keynes (incorporates the Chiltern Cross Country league)

Saturday 28 November 2015: Sefton Park, Liverpool (incorporates European Cross Country Championships Trials, Mid Lancashire and Liverpool Cross Country leagues)

Saturday 16 January 2016: CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, Antrim (incorporating Antrim International)

Sunday 24 January 2016: Blackweir Fields, Cardiff

Saturday 12 March 2016: Cofton Park, Birmingham (UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships and Cross Challenge Final)