McCain Challenge Comes to Bristol

14 Oct

On Sunday 13th November 2011 the McCain Cross-Challenge is being promoted by Run Bristol in Ashton Court – full details and race entry forms are available by following the link to

The City of Bristol is delighted to host such a prestigious cross-country event as the McCain Challenge – especially as the Ashton Court event is the first race in a 5 race series that will see races held as follows:

Ashton Court Bristol – Sunday 13th November 2011

Sephton Park – Saturday 26th November 2011 (includes the Euro-Cross trials)

Blackweir Park Cardiff – Sunday 15th January 2012

Antrim – Saturday 21st January 2012 

Cofton Park Birmingham – Saturday 10 March 2012 (includes Inter-Counties Championships).

The standard of these races should be clear from the fact that the Liverpool race incorporates the European Cross-Country Trials and the series final includes the Inter-Counties Championships.

The Ashton Court event will host a whole programme of races from under-11 races commencing at 11.00 am right through to the last race of the day – the Senior Men’s Race commencing at 2.40 pm.

Historically, the club has promoted the Mike Sully and Gemma Butler Memorial cross-country races in November each year and this year the races will be held as part of the Senior Races in the McCain Challenge with the Mike Sully Trophy being awarded to the first male UK-finisher and the Gemma Butler Trophy to the first female UK-finisher.

The course is on undulating grass-land and has been designed to give athletes a very similar experience to that in Sephton Park and so provides the ideal opportunity to warm-up in a serious competition two weeks before the UK trials to select the UK Team for the European Cross-Country Championships.

For further details please contact Keith Brackstone at