Athletes set for most extraordinary World Cross Country course

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Willis battling to a superb silver medal at the 2018 Great Edinburgh XC. Photo: Matt Willis

With T-minus one day to go until the World Cross Country Championships gets underway in Aarhus, Denmark, athletes from across the globe have been doing their final preparations, which includes checking out the wacky course.

Naturally, the course and its quirks have already been a huge topic of discussion across social media.


A strong Great Britain & Northern Ireland squad of 24 cross specialists arrived on the Jutland peninsula a couple of days ago and have had plenty of time to get their heads around what is quite possibly, the most spectacular cross country course we’ve seen.

GB athletes include Inter Counties champion Matt Willis, who we spoke to just last week about his journey to the top so far. The team will be headed up by Stockport Harrier and European Cross senior team silver medallist, Jessica Piasecki, who seemed rather excited to be named captain. Check out the full GB team here.

In stark contrast to the last World Cross Championships in the blistering heat of Uganda, tomorrow, athletes will have to navigate a unique course which includes a steep grassy incline up onto the roof of the Moesgaard Museum, yes, you read that correctly, a museum.


But, the fun doesn’t stop there, whilst raising the roof on multiple laps of the course, athletes will also encounter specially crafted sections of sand, water and muddy goodness-maybe some duck tape around the spikes might be necessary?

Let’s not forget that there are also rumours of spectators dressing as Vikings in certain fan zones around the course, what more could you want?

Ofcourse, all of this commotion surrounding the championships has been a very valiant effort to revive what has been a dwindling event over the past few years. Off the back of IAAF announcements to alter the infamous Diamond League structure in 2020, it seems there’s a wave of motivation to rejuvenate certain aspects of the sport, to maintain spectator and competitor figures.

The full timetable of the event can be found here.