Friday, April 19, 2024

English Nationwide at Weston Park postponed

Torrential rain makes parking circumstances inconceivable as organisers make painful resolution to name off Saturday’s occasion

Within the 148-year historical past of the English Nationwide Cross Nation Championships, the occasion has solely been known as off on account of world wars and the Covid pandemic in 2021. However the 2024 occasion, which was on account of unfold in Weston Park in Shropshire, has been postponed on account of torrential rain on Thursday evening flooding the course.

With solely 24 hours earlier than the races had been on account of begin, the English Cross Nation Affiliation launched an announcement to say that “circumstances had been inconceivable for parking”.

The Weston Park venue is about 9 miles away from Telford and never simple to get to through public transport. So with the vast majority of groups arriving in buses and automobiles, it meant parking was a significant factor.

Final 12 months’s occasion in Bolesworth Fortress close to Chester was equally troublesome to get to on public transport and it led to athletes being caught in site visitors jams approaching the venue.

Steve Vernon 8308 National XC 2014 (Credit: Mark Shearman)

Nationwide Cross (Mark Shearman)

The ECCA mentioned on Friday (Feb 23): “We very a lot remorse to announce that regardless of each effort being made, we’re unable to carry the Nationwide Championships at Weston Park on Saturday.

“Thursday noticed torrential rain for a lot of hours, and far of the Park, together with parking areas are underwater. Falling on already saturated floor, this made circumstances inconceivable for parking.

“Now we have spent the final 24 hours exploring each attainable various, however now we have not been capable of resolve the parking points.

“We’ll now discover all attainable choices, to carry our Championships at an appropriate future date.

“We sincerely apologise for all of the logistical and monetary issues that this may trigger each golf equipment and people.”

AW understands that organisers undoubtedly wish to reschedule the occasion somewhat than merely cancelling it. With resorts already booked, officers nonetheless plan to reach on the venue immediately (Feb 23) to evaluate the course and to debate plans for a re-arranged occasion.

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