Cross is back. In this preview of our upcoming Long Form Dispatch from the English National Cross Country Relays, Danny Easton takes a journey of discovery into the roots of the event itself, cross-country running and relay racing. Via the community and culture which define them.
Ahead of this weekend’s race we hear from the people who shape it; athletes, coaches, team managers and journalists. Uncovering the nuance, rituals, idiosyncrasies and competitive pulse of this very British of competitions. Brutal, muddy, raw and charming.
Listen to Long Form, Dispatches here or via your usual podcast platform.
With thanks to:
Keith Scofield (Team Manager & Coach, Hercules Wimbledon AC)
Fred Slemeck (Runner, Hercules Wimbledon AC)
Ed Mallet (Runner, Hercules Wimbledon AC)
Ben Pochee (Team Manager & Coach, Highgate Harriers)
Jake Smith (Runner, Cardiff AC)
Jess Piasecki (Runner, Stockport Harriers)
Mark Hookway (Team Manager & Coach, Tonbridge AC)
Mick Woods (Team Manager & Coach, Aldershot Farnham & District AC)
Jason Henderson (Editor, Athletics Weekly)
Cambridge Harriers AC
Hercules Wimbledon’s squad train as one in the build-up to the National Cross-Country Relays on Saturday 6th November 2021. As shot by Emmie Collinge and Phil Gale.