Running cross country: what you need to know

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Last year I had to sit out all but one race of the cross country season with an injury, so this time round I was adamant I wasn’t going to make the same mistake. Having a good winter of running through mud was a top priority when I made the decision to drop out my half.

When I talk to runners about cross country, their reaction is often one of fear. I think. Lot of people were put off running altogether by memories of doing cross country at school, and they really don…