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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.
    We are still just about in August.

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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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    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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    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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    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
    Quote Originally Posted by Witton Park View Post
    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.
    Apology accepted. Thanks for the explanation; your words take a different meaning with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witton Park View Post
    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.
    I know of a club, who already host a match each season, that did just that. The league turned down the offer. The club weren't moaning and were very happy to get off their backsides.

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