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    Cross Country 20/21

    In light of the announcements made today, it seems we might get some form of cross-country season over the winter.

    I just can't see how it can run as a bona-fide race though, without mass starts... certainly not in our local league where you have 300 runners... let alone something like the nationals.

    It's a different kettle of fish to the fells where you can often find yourself time-trialling, even in a popular race. And different again to the roads where it is only really times that matter.

    Lets hope something feasible does get sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    In light of the announcements made today, it seems we might get some form of cross-country season over the winter.

    I just can't see how it can run as a bona-fide race though, without mass starts... certainly not in our local league where you have 300 runners... let alone something like the nationals.

    It's a different kettle of fish to the fells where you can often find yourself time-trialling, even in a popular race. And different again to the roads where it is only really times that matter.

    Lets hope something feasible does get sorted.
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    I hope everybody is studiously completing and returning their survey to British Athletics re the potential aligning of cross country race distances for men and women... whatever your view on the subject.

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    Unbelievable that this proposal has reared it's head again. Surely getting races back on is a million times more the priority!

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    The statement from ECCU seems to have stirred things up a bit (on facebook anyway)

    Sounds like a group of elite female XC runners have thrown their combined weight behind their view that simply equalising distances without any thought or planning, might not necessarily be the best option for sporting performance...

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    The rules are equalised.

    If there was demand, initially someone could put on an open XC event and trial it. I wonder why Run Equal haven't considered that.
    Probably because they want to moan a lot about what others do and don't want to get off their backside and set up a few test events themselves.

    Anyone club interested could consider approaching a league AGM and suggesting a test event and then seeing how it affects timetabling for the officials / RO and what the feedback is from the athletes.

    As an RO of many Cross Country races, from local school to Area Champs, I never saw any demand or felt inclined to try a new format and in a survey recently the senior ladies questioned decided to vote for the status quo.

    The problem with the current survey, it is going out to Throwers, Sprinters, Jumpers....

    Imagine a poll on the future of fell running shaped by Track Fairies and Road Runners under the guise of democracy.
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    The statement by ECCU somewhat echoed your views WP.... (and as you can imagine was roundly attacked by a lot of people... but also recieved plenty of support from both men and women)

    The survey was heavily skewed into illicitng a response which was in favour of equalising race distances, and didn't really leave room for an alternative response, other than in the "any other comments" at the end.

    Incidentally i'm not against equalising distances IF that is what women want to do... and as you rightly say WP, there is plenty of evidence to indicate that it is not necessarily the case.

    I realise it's all about "equality"... but surely it is a better form of equality to say to women (possibly by way of a vote) "please tell us what distance you want to race... no change, or same as the men's races"

    rather than to say "you are now racing the same as men because that's how it should be, regardless of whether you (the competitors) want to or not"

    And any solutions which have mixed races, long and short races... well they're just nonsense and quite obviously dreamed up by someone who has never been to Parliament Hill or Woollaton Park on a National day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witton Park View Post
    Imagine a poll on the future of fell running shaped by Track Fairies and Road Runners under the guise of democracy.
    I came to fell from middle-distance track running, (without passing 'GO' or collecting 200), so must question the use of the word 'Fairies'. It may be a long time since you last raced 800m, and have forgotten just how fierce it is, so I will not take offence. Otherwise I agree with what you've said

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    I concur that track races are incredibly tough. A Track Mile remains one of the toughest races i've ever experienced.

    However i totally agree with the sentiment that i wouldn't be wanting the average track league competitor having a say in fell running, the same way i think any votes /opinions with regards to XC should be confined to those runners/clubs who turn out in the leagues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I came to fell from middle-distance track running, (without passing 'GO' or collecting 200), so must question the use of the word 'Fairies'. It may be a long time since you last raced 800m, and have forgotten just how fierce it is, so I will not take offence. Otherwise I agree with what you've said
    Sorry Marco - we have a Forumite called Track Fairy aka Simon Deakin of Leeds and it's a term I'm used to using primarily because of Simon's ID on the forum.
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