Record-breaking entry for National Cross County Championships in Mansfield

TOP athletics club have shown their keenness to compete in the Saucony English Cross Country Relays at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, by once again entering in large numbers and breaking at least one record for this year’s event, which takes place this Saturday.

At the last count, a total of 1,165 teams had entered across the 10 races, just a few short of the record 1,188 in 2010.

One new record is notched up the U15 girls, with 125 teams entered, but a lot of the other championships are not far short of record numbers.

The biggest field goes in the senior men’s event with 228 teams, just two short of last year’s record, while 147 are entered in the senior women’s race.

This is the seventh year in succession that over 1,000 teams have entered and the popularity of the event has grown since it was first staged at Berry Hill in 1989.

This is in fact the 25th time the relays have been held in Mansfield with two championships having been held in 1998.

Once again the compact but popular course is being meticulously prepared by course director Pat Carlan and, despite the current problems between the local club, Mansfield Harriers, and the Berry Hill Park trustees, another good event is planned for.

The event begins with the junior women at 11am, followed by U17 women (11.09pm), junior men (11.40am), U17 men (12.10pm), U13 girls (12.35pm), U13 boys (1pm), U15 girls (1.25pm), U15 boys (1.50pm), senior women (2.10pm), senior men (2.40pm).