Grace Copeland reports
travelled up to Nottingham with my mum and dad for the English
National Cross-Country Championships. I was making a return to
Wollaton Park, a venue that I first raced at in 2014, and we were
there last year for the English Schools Cross-Country Championships
journey up to Nottingham wasn’t the best. After leaving school
around 1pm on Friday we arrived at the race venue at about 5.30
having worked our way through masses of traffic jams. We managed to
get a quick glimpse of the course before sundown, and then checked
into our Premier Inn. I topped up my carbohydrates by eating my
weight in pasta, ordering two bowls at Prezzo’s. Then I started to
feel the nerves kicking in!
was an early start on Saturday. We were amongst the first to arrive
at the course. I was relieved to see which side of Wollaton Park
had been selected for the race to be run on. It prompted happy
memories of Nottingham three years ago. I felt excited … the course
looked particularly interesting, and great fun to run on. It was
pretty muddy in parts … perhaps I needed a swimming costume and a
pair of goggles!
After looking at the start list, I knew the quality of the field was
very high, and understood that it would be a big achievement to
place in the top 30.