It has been announced that the Cardiff Cross Challenge will start the 2017 / 2018 British Athletics Cross Challenge Series following a move to a new October date.
The races on Saturday 14th October will take place at a new location in Llandaff Fields in Cardiff and will host the first fixture of the Gwent Cross Country League.
Entries for the Cross Challenge must be made in advance (closing date Friday 6th October). Entries for the Gwent Cross Country League will be made on race day as usual. If you wish to enter both, you will have the option to indicate so, when you enter through the Cross Challenge entry portal.
The ladies race of the Cardiff Cross Challenge.
The new venue will offer a change of scenery for the Cardiff Cross Challenge which has been held in Bute Park for nearly two decades.
In that time it has welcomed many, if not most of the top British endurance runners including a large number of British Champions such as; Frank Tickner, Peter Riley, Andy Vernon, Louise Damen and Dewi Griffiths.
The event has also hosted several European Cross Country Champions including; Hayley Yelling, Charlotte Purdue and Gemma Steel.
The season opener will provide a great opportunity to face the best British athletes ahead of the European Trials at Liverpool in November.
Welsh Athletics’ Head of Operations James Williams said; ‘‘We are delighted that the 2017/18 Cross Challenge Series will kick off in Cardiff. It’s fantastic to see one the biggest leagues in the UK, join forces with the Cardiff Cross Challenge to showcase Cross Country Running in Wales at its best’’.
He added ‘’Welsh Athletics really want this event to become a showcase event for the sport in Wales, especially with distance running continuing to go from strength to strength in Wales’’.