Record number of teams entered for Cross-Country Relays.

After last year’s hiatus it is not surprising to see a record 159 teams heading to Long Eaton this weekend. Defending champions in the W35, Bristol & West, Salford and Rotherham are all back and only silver/bronze medallist Derby AC and Redhill Road Runners are missing from the W45 line-up. Steel City Striders, Beeston AC and Mansfield, who got the fastest W55 leg in 2019, are there and Steel City W65 take on Westbury Harriers and Hogweed Trotters.

The M35 has 39 teams with the ever-present Salford and Leeds City out to defend their dominance. The M45 should see 20 teams toe the line with Salford, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Mansfield back again. In the M55 race Leicester Coritanian, Warrington and Southampton are there. Winchester and Guildford & Godalming are two of the few Southern clubs travelling. Bristol & West, Westbury, Neath plus the Northern clubs however are making the journey. The host Club, Long Eaton AC, are fielding teams in what look like a very exciting weekend racing. Good luck for a successful and enjoyable race.

Bridget Cushen