The Bupa Great International Cross Country is to remain in Edinburgh for the next four years after organisers agreed a deal with partners EventScotland, Nova International and the City of Edinburgh Council. Originally held in Durham in the '80s, the event has been hosted in various locations in the northeast of England and in Scotland. The race moved to Holyrood Park, Edinburgh in 2005 where it has remained ever since.
Nicky Holmes, commercial director at Nova International commented on the deal: "We're delighted that the event will continue to be staged in Edinburgh. The growing number of participants in the mass participation event and increase in enthusiastic spectators, as well as the consistent quality of elite athletes from around the world, show the event is going from strength to strength."
UK Athletics performance director Neil Black added: "Cross country plays an extremely important role in helping our endurance athletes to develop and the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross is a big part of this.
"The event has provided excellent international competition opportunities to British athletes over the last 25 years. Being shown live on BBC, the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country has helped us to showcase cross country and provides a strong platform for up and coming endurance talent."
A mass participation 5k event, the Bupa Great Winter Run, now also sits alongside the competitive meet, as well as the Bupa Junior Great Winter Run for 7-14 year-olds. The 25th event took place last Saturday (11 January). For details, read the SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE report.