UK National Cross Country Championships

There are few things I’m less qualified to do than run in the National Cross Country Championships. But this is what happens when you are in a running club, enjoy running in the mud and sign up for almost any race without reading the title.

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This Saturday I’ll be lacing up my longest spikes alongside some of the most elite men & women who run (don’t believe me? Read Jonny Muir’s blog about the level of competition at cross country meets. You’ve won a marathon before? Good luck breaking the top 50 at XC) and going up and down and around Parliament Hill a few times as I run in the senior women 5 mile race.

On my third lap of this hill I will not be smiling so much.

On my third lap of this hill I will not be smiling so much.

I’m going because I love the atmosphere of cross country meets, and before and after my gruelling 5 miles, I’ll get to see some of that. If you’re free on Saturday I highly recommend you come by to watch. The women will start at 2:20pm and the men right after.

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