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How to enter the World Cross Country Trials

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UK Athletics has announced how cross country athletes will be able to get into the World Trials for Senior Men and Women being staged within the BUSA Championships at the University of Bath on Saturday 3 February.


Athletes who will be representing their institutes will be entered through the normal BUSA channels. Other athletes will be eligible to compete if they finished in the top 50 men and top 30 women at the European Trials in Liverpool on 25 November or in the top 20 men and top 15 women at the UK Cross Challenge at Birmingham on 28 October or at Belfast on 6 January. The entry fee for these athletes will be £10 each, to help meet the extra costs incurred by BUSA and Bath University in incorporating the Senior Trials.


These athletes can enter the men’s 11.28km race or the women’s 6.81km race by downloading the entry form below and posting it to the organisers, along with the entry fee, before the closing date, 11 January 2007.


Athletes who have not run in Birmingham, Liverpool or Belfast but wish to compete in the Trials should contact Spencer Barden, the UK Athletics Senior Coordinator for Endurance, by emailing sbarden@ukathletics.org.uk and setting out their reasons for seeking a ‘wild card’ entry. Again the closing date of 11 January applies.


During the races on 3 February, the UKA guest athletes and any competitors given ‘wild cards’ will have different coloured numbers from those in the BUSA Championships. They will also wear their numbers on both front and back to help competitors distinguish between BUSA and non-BUSA athletes.


The first three eligible senior athletes over the line in the Trials will be automatically selected for the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team for compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya, on Saturday 24 March. Following the IAAF decision not to continue with the 4k events for seniors, the number of athletes comprising a team in the long course has been increased to nine for the men’s while remaining at six for the women’s event.


The Trial will be the second part of the selection process. The selectors will announce on Monday 8 January any pre-selections based on performances at the European Cross Country Championships and throughout the season. The selectors will meet immediately after the Trials in Bath to fill the remaining places in the team based on all known form up to and including that date.


Due to the extreme weather conditions expected in Mombasa, it is UK Athletics’ intention to hold a warm weather preparation camp in Durban, South Africa, prior to the World Championships. All selected Senior athletes will be expected to attend or to have an agreed alternative programme of acclimatisation.


UK Athletics is grateful to BUSA and Bath University for their cooperation. It follows the successes that stemmed from UKA and BUSA working together last winter to ensure GB sent a full team to the World University Cross Country Championships in Algiers. Kate Reed won the individual Silver medal and led GB to the Women’s Team title.


  • The World Trials for Junior Men and Junior Women will be incorporated into the UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships and UK Cross Challenge Final at Nottingham on 24 February.