Hi All, I have now had a chance to compare the numbers of finishers on Saturday with previous years. These figures go back to 1995 when the first joint Men’s and Women’s championships was held at Luton, it was in 2003 that Event became a 10 Race Programme. As you might have guessed numbers were great so a brilliant day for the ECCA.
A total of 5191 runners finished this year across all of the Championships, this is the second best ever just under a 100 short of the record which is 5288 which happened in 2015 at Parliament Hill.
There was five new Race records and one equalled, the first being in the Junior Women’s race where 148 finished up 14 on the previous best. Then in the Under 17 Womens race 252 finished again up 14. The run was kept going in the 4th race of the afternoon the Under 13 Girls race with 467 up 18 on last years record, next came the Under 15 Girls this time 426 finished up 15 on the previous best in 1994. The final record of the day came in the Under 13 Boys with 467 a very healthy 47 up on the 2015 record. The equalled record came in the Junior Men’s race where 211 finished the same as in 1995.
All the other races had good numbers with Under 15 Boys 379, the 3rd best ever. Under 17 Men 302 another 3rd best. Senior Women 788 2nd best and Senior Men 1760 4th best. So overall to demonstrate the health of the sport a pretty successful day.
Ian Byett, ECCA General Secretary