English Cross Country Championships


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English Cross Country Championships


Athletics House, Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2BE , B42 2BE

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The first English Cross Country Championships were staged in 1876 in Buckhurst Hill, Epping Forest. However, the result was declared null & void due to a bad storm delaying runners. As such, the 1877 edition is mostly commonly acknowledged as that start of the championships which were staged in Roehampton near Wimbledon Common, England. That race was won by P H Stenning of Thames Hare & Hounds, London which in 1868 was established as the world’s first adult harrier club. The championship became my formalised following the foundation of the English National Cross Country Union in 1883. The English Cross Country Association (ECCA) which today organises the championships was established in 1992 following the amalgamation of the former men’s and women’s bodies the English Cross Country Union and the Women’s Cross Country and Road Running Association.

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