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Has anyone else noticed the new rule 250(2)(a) for Cross Country courses in the 2016 rule book?
RULE 250 CROSS-COUNTRY RACES
(2) For Championships and international events and, wherever possible, for other competitions:
(a) A loop course must be designed, with the loop measuring between 1500m and 2000m. If necessary, a small loop can be added in order to adjust the distances to the required overall distances of the various events, in which case the small loop must be run in the early stages of the event. It is recommended that each long loop should have a total ascent of at least 10m.
The 2000m maximum loop length means that the 12km English Championships will now have to be staged on a 6 lap course and the lead runners will be lapping the tail-enders 4 times.
Who writes these rules?!