One of the biggest races in the Cross Country calendar is the National Cross Country Championship; it was held in Nottingham, England this year.
Each race has close to 400 club runners in it, so it’s a big event.
This year the conditions were extreme – the course water logged due to two storm systems Ciara and Dennis hitting the week before.

While watching the young athletes cross the line looking rather dazed and stunned, the sheer effort to finish the race was etched on their faces.
In an age when kids are getting a bad reputation for being sedentary, it’s great to witness young people pushing themselves to the line.
Even though, some of their expressions might say differently, these athletes can all be proud of finishing such a race.