After the ups and downs of Dalby Forest and Margam Park, the British National Cross Country Series travels to the slightly less hilly New Forest for Round 4 at Crow Hill this weekend. Given that all three previous rounds were sold out, another bumper crop of entrants is expected.
In the elite category, each round has featured a different winner in both the men's and women's events, but the British are still looking for a first win by one of their own in the women's race. Australian and New Zealand riders Katherine O'Shea, Kate Potter and Rosara Joseph have each won a round so far.
Thus far, the national series has seen women constitute 20 percent of the total entrants in the age group categories.
Racers will compete on a 6.1km course with lots of singletrack. The cross country is happening on Saturday, and the first staging of the English Marathon Championships will be run on Sunday on an extended 12.5km course.
For more information on the national cross country series, visit www.britishxc.com.
For more information about the English Marathon Championships, visit www.southernxc.com.