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Cross-country runners limber up for belated start to series

Action from a junior race at last year’s National Cross-Country Championships at the Botanical Gardens (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The cross-country series, which was scheduled to begin last month, will make a delayed start on November 6 at the Arboretum in what was supposed to race number four.

Covid-19 protocols after a spike in cases prevented the series from starting on September 25 at the Arboretum.

Further races on October 9 and 23 were also not held, but Freddie Evans, the president of the Bermuda National Athletics Association, assured that the plan is to salvage something of the series, which was to involve five races before the National Championships on December 4.

“We’re going to start on November 6 at the Arboretum and the race will be run by the Bermuda Pacers,” Evans said yesterday. “The follow-up race will be on November 20 and DNA is going to host that.

“We’ll probably have an abbreviated season. We’ll be working on our Covid protocols and testing to ensure we have safe races.”

Last year’s cross-country series was also affected by the pandemic with the series reduced to four races, including the national championships, which saw Dage Minors dethrone Sean Trott in the senior men’s race.

Brianna Mendes was the women’s open winner after finishing ahead of Shianne Smith.

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Published October 29, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated October 29, 2021 at 8:00 am)

Cross-country runners limber up for belated start to series

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