Mud, glorious mud marks the 2020 English ‘National’

CROSS country runners all have fond memories of their muddiest, dirtiest and wettest experience at the English National Cross Country Championships.

Mind is probably Milton Keynes some decades ago. An absolute quagmire.

No doubt many local runners who made the trip to Wollaton Park, Nottingham, for yesterday’s 2020 event will remember that for many, many years as conditions were atrocious after all the recent rain.

True cross country for sure but what a test of stamina and determination. It will be talked about for years to come.

Certainly the young athletes from Westbury Harriers pictured here won’t forget their day out for along time. Hopefully it hasn’t scarred them for life – or put them off running cross country ever again!

Abigail Woodworth, pictured top, battled gamely through the mud to finish 278th in the under 15 girls’ race, in which her clubmare Laurae Chance was 23rd. Rosie Hamilton-James, pictured left, finished a creditable 28th in the under 17 women’s event just ahead of Kate Howard.

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