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CROSS TALK

– Jason Henderson editor

TIM HUTCHINGS tackles the topic of cross country in his latest column (p20). As a World Cross medallist, he knows a thing or two about this part of the sport and is upset that it has been outmanoeuvred by trendier trail races, big-city marathons, free 5kms and Tough Guytype challenges.

Three years ago the IAAF staged a cross-country crisis meeting (or ‘seminar’, as they called it) on Euro Cross weekend in Belgrade. Bizarrely, delegates from the Caribbean were invited while British stalwarts who have organised events for years (at home and abroad) didn’t even know it was taking place. The result was a large document packed with photos but light on ideas and not much has changed since.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 14 DAVID RUDISHA Why the Olympic 800m champion thought he was finished SPOTLIGHT 18 BRIANNA ROLLINS How the sprint-hurdler used a laidback approach to take Rio gold ACTION 36 LIVERPOOL CROSS Andy Butchart prevails over top field at Euro Cross trials, while Gemma Steel is leading woman PERFORMANCE 26 Sports science news 28 Athlete Insight – Sara Treacy 30 Dynamic warm-ups 32 Products – running headgear A BRIT ABROAD 20 Tim Hutchings laments the demise of the world cross country champs NEWS 6 Usain Bolt film premieres 8 GB relay women set for upgrade 10 Alex Yee keeps sport options open RESULTS & FIXTURES 46 Results round-up 57 What’s On fixtures guide REGULARS 24 Letters 25 Book reviews 34 Young Athlete – John Millar 61 Quiz – test your knowledge 62 Dip Finish

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A BRIT ABROAD
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