The BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge pits some of the best young and established talents in the sport of cross country from the US, Great Britain & Northern Ireland and Europe over the hill and dale of cross country. Besides the 6k and 8k distances for senior men and women, there are junior 2.5k-4ks plus an elite 4k distance, pitting some of the best middle distances in the world against each other. Cross Country pits the miler against the marathoner, as some smart journalist wrote yeas ago, and new runners and not so new runners can enjoy the challenges of cross country!
All of this is featured on a fine cross country facility that is accessible to both fans and television crews.
Ian Stewart of NOVA International noted to RunBlogRun today that the event is key in helping develop young distance runners. Peter Riley of NOVA International told us today about the proud twenty-five year tradition of the event, whose home is now in Edinburgh, Scotland.
NOVA International is a company founded by British distance great Brendan Foster and manages the Great Run series as well as major swims and bike events. This event, part of the BUPA series, is near and dear to the heart of NOVA International, as it puts much back into the sport.
RunBlogRun is fortunate enough to cover the event this year, with special thanks to NOVA international, the producers of the BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge!
Map of the BUPA Great Edinburgh XCountry course for Saturday,
January 11, 2013 (above)
Timetable for BUPA Great Edinburgh XCountry Invitational Challenge,
Saturday, January 11, 2013
Larry Eder has had a 50-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at runblogrun.com, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself."
Theme song: Greg Allman, " I'm no Angel."
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