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Cross Country Teams

The cross country is one of the events within the Champs that offers something to the more traditional harrier athlete, beyond the conventional track and field programme on which most of the competition is based.

The distance is set at 8km but prior to 2000, a 10km course was used. From 2018, the 70+ age groups run 6km.

Records are not maintained. Every course is different so comparisons of time between years is not meaningful. Some courses are pretty flat while others offer steep climbs and/or hurdles.

The first three finishers per country within each age group count towards the teams. The team ranking is determined by the aggregate of the three times. Where a country does not have three entrants within an age group, they can opt to drop up to two competitors from older age groups down to form complete teams. This cannot be done if a complete team already exists. The decision to do this must be logged by team managers prior to the race (presumably to prevent strategic DNFs by competitors).

Prior to 1991, the teams format varied with options such as points from sum of place, team numbers of 2 or 5 or 10, composite age grades and could differ between grades. It was even permitted to form multiple teams per country in the early years.

Individual cross country results are here.

  M35 W35
2022 1:08:32 - FIN
1:30:38 - ESP
no third place
1:31:42 - USA
1:39:59 - FIN
no third place
2018 1:16:00 - ESP
1:19:48 - IRL
1:29:36 - GER
1:32:10 - POL
1:32:45 - GBR
1:33:36 - ESP
2016 1:25:18 - AUS
1:27:24 - CZE
no third place
1:40:19 - AUS
no second or third place
2015 team results not known team results not known
2013 team results not known team results not known
2011 team results not known team results not known
2009 1:15:46 - FIN
1:17:47 - ESP
1:19:59 - GER
1:36:53 - FIN
1:40:56 - GER
no third place
2007 not contested 1:23:56 - ITA
1:31:16 - GER
1:38:14 - RUS
2005 team results not known team results not known
2003 competition not open to M35s team results not known
2001 competition not open to M35s 1:45:01 - AUS
1:56:07 - NZL
Robyn Stansfield, Linda Reynolds, Pamela Millar

no third place
1999 competition not open to M35s team results not known
1997 competition not open to M35s team results not known
1995 competition not open to M35s 2:08:54 - IRL
2:28:26 - HKG
no third place
1993 competition not open to M35s 2:09:28 - NZL
Victoria Adams, Judith Stewart, Judith Cheesman

2:12:11 - HKG
2:13:10 - GBR
1991 competition not open to M35s 2:07:38 - FIN
2:08:38 - NZL
Victoria Adams, Pauline Hewitt, Tia Lund

2:15:24 - GBR
1989 competition not open to M35s 3:50:43 - USA
no second or third place
1987 competition not open to M35s 3:11:33 - NZL
Prue Taylor,  Judith Stewart, Elizabeth Thodey, Alana Joyce, Margo Pryde

3:13:12 - AUS
3:41:10 - GBR
1985 competition not open to M35s team results not known
1983 competition not open to M35s team results not known
1981 competition not open to M35s team results not known
1979 competition not open to M35s 19 pts - FRG
20 pts - GBR
36 pts - FRG II
1977 competition not open to M35s no womens teams
1975 competition not open to M35s no cross country event
  M40 W40
2022 1:18:10 - GER
1:20:55 - FIN
no third place
1:24:27 - IRL
1:34:45 - FIN
1:49:43 - GER
2018 1:14:39 - ESP
1:30:03 - IRL
1:33:16 - MEX
1:32:30 - ESP
1:41:47 - AUS
1:49:00 - CZE
2016 1:24:19 - AUS
1:47:56 - GBR
no third place
1:32:26 - AUS
1:55:30 - IRL
1:56:29 - GBR
2015 team results not known team results not known
2013 team results not known team results not known
2011 team results not known team results not known
2009 1:15:46 - ITA
1:17:03 - FIN
1:29:27 - FRA
1:34:47 - GBR
1:36:22 - ITA
1:36:25 - FIN
2007 not contested not contested
2005 team results not known team results not known
2003 team results not known team results not known
2001 1:22:37 - AUS
1:24:33 - NZL
Colin Earwaker, Paul Forster, Gerrard McKone

1:30:25 - GER
1:36:19 - GBR
1:39:16 - AUS
1:46:50 - RSA
1999 team results not known team results not known
1997 team results not known team results not known
1995 1:41:32 - POR
1:45:50 - USA
1:48:55 - GBR
2:13:29 - CAN
2:33:13 - NZL
Victoria Adams, Margaret August, Helen Tobin

2:40:19 - USA
1993 1:42:06 - JPN
2:06:57 - GER
no third place
2:04:01 - JPN
2:42:42- HKG
no third place
1991 1:39:63 - URS
1:43:33 - GBR
1:43:83 - SWE
1:55:43 - FIN
2:02:03 - GBR
2:09:47 - NZL
Elizabeth Thodey, Judith Cheesman, Dianne Barclay
1989 2:57:13 - USA
2:58:38 - AUS
3:01:49 - NZL
Reg House, Keith Scholes, Bob Carter, Rob McGregor, David McMillian
3:34:51 - USA
3:50:43 - NZL
Elizabeth Thodey, Tia Lund, Dianne Barclay, Peggy Calder, Barbara Brooking

4:05:42 - GBR
1987 2:48:06 - AUS
2:53:57 - IRL
2:56:39 - NZL
Nigel Hopkins, Rex Dowding, Bob Carter, Rod Barker. David Trow
no team (W35-49 were a single team)
1985 team results not known team results not known
1983 team results not known team results not known
1981 team results not known team results not known
1979 77 pts - GBR
86 pts - FRG
128 pts - AUS
15 pts - FRG
35 pts - FRG II
37 pts - SWE
1977 36 pts - GBR
56 ots - FIN
109 pts - SWE
no womens teams
1975 51 pts - GBR
55 pts - USA
97 pts - CAN
no cross country event
  M45 W45
2022 1:12:54 - FIN
1:14:50 - ESP
no third place
1:30:54 - FIN
1:42:17 - LAT
no third place
2018 1:19:11 - ESP
1:19:48 - POR
1:20:29 - GBR
1:44:29 - ARG
1:47:07 - ESP
1:52:02 - GBR
2016 1:25:43 - NZL
Jason Cameron, Chris Mardon, Kyle Eager

1:28:52 - AUS
1:32:25 - ESP
1:38:15 - AUS
no second or third place
2015 team results not known team results not known
2013 team results not known team results not known
2011 team results not known team results not known
2009 1:20:25 - FIN
1:22:00 - RUS
1:23:06 - POR
1:34:23 - FIN
1:38:09 - RUS
1:44:00 - GBR
2007 1:14:21 - ITA
1:15:55 - GBR
1:20:05 - RUS
not contested
2005 team results not known team results not known
2003 team results not known team results not known
2001 1:23:42 - AUS
1:28:14 - NZL
Gavin Stevens, Bruce Meder, Joe Casey

1:33:44 - GBR
1:39:37 - AUS
1:44:28 - CAN
1:51:19 - NZL
Dalise Sanderson, Shona Kelly, Raelene Stephenson
1999 team results not known team results not known
1997 team results not known team results not known
1995 1:44:04 - RUS
1:46:00 - IRL
1:48:07 - POR
2:13:19 - NZL
Judith Stewart, Susanne Waru, Elizabeth Thodey

2:25:24 - USA
2:57:33 - AUS
1993 1:50:20 - JPN
1:54:30 - RUS
1:58:22 - NZL
Malcolm Clark, Bob Carter, Richard Sweetman
2:15:36 - JPN
2:44:50- NZL
Ann Jenkins, Margaret August, Helen Tobin

no third place
1991 1:41:08 - IRL
1:42:58 - FIN
1:51:30 - SWE
2:08:01 - FIN
2:13:30 - SWE
2:19:23 - FRG
1989 3:01:17 - USA
3:04:59 - NZL
Ron Robertson, Stuart Watts, Nigel Jopkins, Bill Smith, Neville Wagner

3:05:43 - IRL
no team (W40-49 were a single team)
1987 2:47:54 - NZL
Ron Robertson, Frederic Smith, John Brownie, Douglas Dixey, Colin Maclachlan

2:49:36 - AUS
3:10:00 - GBR
no team (W35-49 were a single team)
1985 team results not known team results not known
1983 team results not known team results not known
1981 team results not known team results not known
1979 44 pts - GBR
88 pts - SWE
112 pts - FRG
 
1977 63 pts - SWE
66 pts - USA
109 pts - NOR
no womens teams
1975 37 pts - SWE
39 pts - USA
48 pts - CAN
no cross country event
  M50 W50
2022 1:18:43 - ROU
1:24:21 - FIN
1:30:20 - GER
11
2018 1:21:09 - ESP
1:29:57 - GER
1:30:11 - GBR
1:35:48 - GBR
1:40:24 - ESP
1:46:17 - USA
2016 1:23:56 - AUS
1:25:06 - GBR
1:36:43 - GER
1:39:46 - GBR
1:46:38 - AUS
1:50:57 - USA
2015 team results not known team results not known
2013 team results not known team results not known
2011 team results not known team results not known
2009 1:19:44 - FIN
1:23:41 - RUS
1:27:12 - USA
1:41:06 - FIN
1:41:19 - GBR
1:42:19 - GER
2007 1:18:36 - SLO
1:19:36 - GER
1:20:44 - ITA
1:34:14 - GER
1:40:58 - ITA
1:45:47 - FIN
2005 team results not known team results not known
2003 team results not known team results not known
2001 1:31:57 - AUS
1:32:51 - USA
1:33:07 - GER
1:46:26 - GER
1:50:46 - AUS
1:58:27 - NZL
Judith Stewart, Elizabeth Thodey, Asta Wistrand
1999 team results not known team results not known
1997 team results not known team results not known
1995 1:55:29 - GER
1:56:13 - USA
1:58:26 - BRA
2:17:52 - USA
2:47:02 - NZL
Tia Lund, Theresa Woodham, Helen MacKinlay

2:49:08 - GBR
1993 1:48:39 - JPN
1:51:41 - GER
2:00:16 - AUS
2:18:01 - JPN
2:20:40 - GER
2:36:35 - GBR
1991 1:44:11 - GBR
1:46:05 - FRG
1:46:56 - URD
2:11:25 - FRG
2:12:35 - FIN
2:15:22 - USA
1989 3:07:24 - GBR
3:09:04 - AUS
3:13:34 - NZL
Roger Robinson, Jow Cowie, Raymond Puckett, John Penny, Harry Emm
3:53:54 - USA
4:18:17 - NZL
Isabel Foley, June Miles, Jessica Dunn, Lynn Fraser, Judith Kingi

4:20:05 - AUS
1987 2:54:42 - NZL
Jow Cowie, Jim McDonald, Ray Puckett, Keith Pearce, Murray Taylor

2:56:30 - AUS
3:23:41 - FRG
3:46:19 - AUS
3:48:37 - NZL
June Miles, Pauline Hewitt, Pamela Shaw, Nan Little, Ina Idema,

4:02:11 - USA
1985 team results not known team results not known
1983 team results not known team results not known
1981 team results not known team results not known
1979 60 pts - FRG
77 pts - GBR
111 pts - SWE
16 pts - USA
19 pts - FRG
37 pts - FRG II
1977 20 pts - SWE
114 pts - NOR
178 pts - GBR
no womens teams
1975 38 pts - SWE
53 pts - GBR
60 pts - USA
no cross country event
  M55 W55
2022 1:20:39 - FIN
1:23:38 - ESP
1:26:32 - ITA
1:40:16 - ESP
1:42:03 - GER
1:44:56 - FIN
2018 1:25:03 - ESP
1:27:08 - GBR
1:28:07 - BRA
1:39:00 - ESP
1:39:39 - SWE
1:44:$8 - GBR
2016 1:26:38 - AUS
1:34:20 - GBR
no third place
1:48:19 - AUS
2:00:06 - GER
2:01:46 - GBR
2015 team results not known team results not known
2013 team results not known team results not known
2011 team results not known team results not known
2009 1:25:01 - RUS
1:28:14 - FIN
1:29:20 - AUS
1:39:58 - FIN
1:52:05 - RUS
1:55:57 - GBR
2007 1:22:50 - ESP
1:25:57 - IRL
1:26:41 - GER
1:34:44 - ITA
1:41:03 - GBR
1:54:26 - RUS
2005 team results not known team results not known
2003 team results not known team results not known
2001 1:34:09 - GBR
1:34:13 - NZL
Max Dravitzki, Bob Carter, Norris Wyatt

1:35:42 - IRL
1:53:51 - GBR
1:59:07 - NZL
Heather Skerrett, Fay Riley, Ruth MacLoughlin
2:02:47 - AUS
1999 team results not known team results not known
1997 team results not known team results not known
1995 1:54:25 - GER
1:59:38 - GBR
2:00:07 - RUS
1:44:#4 - USA
1:53:21 - GER
1:58:02 - NZL
June Miles, Jan Fleming, Lynn Fraser
1993 1:55:06 - JPN
2:03:38 - GBR
2:03:52 - AUS
2:36:18 - JPN
no second or third place
1991 1:51:06 - AUS
1:54:04 - FIN
1:54:10 - GBR
2:09:09 - FRG
2:37:34 - SWE
2:47:58 - FRA
1989 3:10:55 - USA
3:22:12 - GBR
3:23:01 - AUS
no team (W50-59 were a single team)
1987 3:07:45 - AUS
3:12:50 - NZL
Don Melrose, Bernard Fitzgerald, Don Cameron, Brian Smith, Ernie Haskell

3:21:12 - GBR
no team (W50+ were a single team)
1985 team results not known team results not known
1983 team results not known team results not known
1981 team results not known team results not known
1979 47 pts - AUS
65 pts - FRG
90 pts - SWE
not contested
1977 32 pts - SWE
154 pts - FGR
no third place
no womens teams
1975 27 pts - USA
34 pts - SWE
67 pts - GBr
no cross country event
  M60 W60
2022 1:23:48 - USA
1:23:59 - FIN
1:34:42 - IRL
1:57:08 - GER
no second or third place
2018 1:27:27 - ESP
1:30:24 - NZL
Alastair Prangnell, Geoff Anderson, Tony Price
1:34:32 - POL
1:50:40 - GER
1:54:31 - GBR
1:56:21 - ESP
2016 1:36:36 - NZL
Tony Price, Dennis Wylie, Gavin Smith

1:36:47 - AUS
1:38:56 - GBR
1:49:28 - AUS
1:52:25 - GER
2:02:31 - GBR
2015 team results not known team results not known
2013 team results not known team results not known
2011 team results not known team results not known
2009 1:29:25 - RUS
1:29:30 - FIN
1:33:43 - GER
1:53:15 - FIN
2:03:32 - RUS
2:09:25 - AUS
2007 1:25:35 - ITA
1:26:40 - RUS
1:26:47 - AUS
1:51:10 - GER
1:53:53 - BRA
1:55:10 - AUS
2005 team results not known team results not known
2003 team results not known team results not known
2001 1:36:27 - AUS
1:37:46 - NZL
Ron Robertson, Walter Hume, Neville Wagner

1:38:06 - GBR
2:01:25 - GBR
2:08:43 - RSA
2:11:34 - NZL
Carol Thompson, Jan Fleming, Judy Chandler
1999 team results not known team results not known
1997 team results not known team results not known
1995 2:07:08 - GER
2:09:14 - AUS
2:16:04 - SWE
2:01:53 - GER
2:03:01 - USA
no third place
1993 2:02:05 - JPN
2:17:34 - GER
2:17:35 - USA
2:36:06 - JPN
no second or third place
1991 1:56:03 - SWE
1:56:22 - GBR
1:58:53 - FIN
2:29:45 - FRG
2:34:17 - USA
2:37:09 - FIN
1989 3:23:01 - USA
3:29:58 - GBR
3:31:38 - SWE
4:28:14 - USA
5:27:41 - FRG
no third place
1987 3:18:29 - AUS
3:20:18 - SWE
3:24:39 - NZL
Derek Turnbull, Selwyn Opie, John Eccles, Joe Jones. Bill Wingrove
no team (W50+ were a single team)
1985 team results not known team results not known
1983 team results not known team results not known
1981 team results not known team results not known
1979 18 pts - SWE
34 pts - SWE II
40 pts - FRG
not contested
1977 12 pts - SWE
49 pts - GBR
49 pts - FGR
no womens teams
1975 4 pts - SWE
8 pts - USA
35 pts - FIN
no cross country event
  M65 W65
2022 1:32:22 - GBR
1:34:23 - FIN
1:47:27 - SWE
1:44:58 - FIN
no second or third place
2018 1:37:34 - AUS
1:38:31 - ESP
1:40:09 - GBR
2:02:23 - GBR
2:04:21 - GER
2:17:09 - MEX
2016 1:36:19 - GBR
1:38:07 - AUS
1:39:53 - GER
1:50:23 - GBR
2:08:50 - MEX
2:09:59 - AUS
2015 team results not known team results not known
2013 team results not known team results not known
2011 team results not known team results not known
2009 1:36:11 - AUS
1:39:56 - RUS
1:41:56 - FIN
1:54:10 - RUS
2:49:11 - SUI
no third place
2007 1:34:40 - RUS
1:37:55 - AUS
1:37:56 - GER
1:57:21 - GER
no second or third place
2005 team results not known team results not known
2003 team results not known team results not known
2001 1:42:17 - AUS
1:44:25 - GBR
1:52:19 - NOR
2:07:08 - GBR
2:12:39 - NZL
Pauline Hewitt, Isabel Foley, June Miles

2:53:09 - AUS
1999 team results not known team results not known
1997 team results not known team results not known
1995 2:17:42 - USA
2:30:01 - GBR
2:35:59 - CAN
2:16:23 - GER
no second or third place
1993 2:15:19 - JPN
2:20:51 - GBR
2:38:17 - FIN
3:39:42 - USA
no second or third place
1991 2:00:42 - SWE
2:11:06 - NOR
2:18:36 - USA
2:54:07 - USA
3:00:12 - FRG
no third place
1989 not contested not contested
1987 not contested no team (W50+ were a single team)
1985 team results not known team results not known
1983 team results not known team results not known
1981 team results not known team results not known
1979 8 pts - FRG
30 pts - FRG II
31 pts - FIN
not contested
1977 10 pts - FGR
30 pts - USA
31 pts - SWE
no womens teams
1975 not contested no cross country event
  M70 W70
2022 1:08:26 - GBR
1:10.07 - USA
1:11.18 - AUS
1:23:20 - GBR
1:32:59 - GER
1:48:01 - USA
2018 1:17:44 - ESP
1:19:57 - GBR
1:23:09 - AUS
1:55:59 - AUS
1:56:17 - GER
2:09:38 - USA
2016 1:46:40 - AUS
1:50:40 - GBR
no third place
2:19:36 - AUS
2:25:38 - GBR
2:37:49 - MEX
2015 team results not known team results not known
2013 team results not known team results not known
2011 team results not known team results not known
2009 1:43:16 - RUS
1:46:26 - GER
1:58:00 - FIN
2:08:34 - GBR
2:22:28 - NZL
Jan Fleming, Dawn Cumming, Clasina van der Veeken

no third place
2007 1:38:44 - ITA
1:40:25 - GER
1:40:49 - GBR
not contested
2005 team results not known team results not known
2003 team results not known team results not known
2001 1:52:47 - NZL
John Downey, Ellis Goodyear, Brian Keown

2:02:02 - AUS
2:03:00 - GBR
not contested
1999 team results not known team results not known
1997 team results not known team results not known
1995 2:21:08 - SWE
2:23:57 - USA
2:30:34 - GER
2:24:24 - CAN
2:30:42 - USA
no third place
1993 2:25:51 - JPN
2:41:45 - USA
3:30:10 - CAN
not contested
1991 2:16:06 - SWE
2:26:22 - TCH
2:35:19 - USA
not contested
1989 4:21:00 - USA
4:40:46 - SWE
5:10:32 - FRG
not contested
1987 2:26:11 - USA
2:30:59 - AUS
2:31:08 - NZL
Roy Singer, Clem Green, Frank Cox
no team (W50+ were a single team)
1985 team results not known team results not known
1983 team results not known team results not known
1981 team results not known team results not known
1979 7 pts - FRG
no second or third place
not contested
1977 15 pts - SWE
27 pts - JPN
no third place
no womens teams
1975 not contested no cross country event
  M75 W75
2022 1:14.19 - USA
1:22.12 - FIN
1:24.47 - FRA
1:40:06 - GER
2:01:37 - FIN
2:27:39 - USA
2018 1:28:15 - GER
1:31:50 - FRA
1:46:30 - AUS
not contested
2016 1:56:42 - AUS
2:04:45 - FRA
2:10:22 - GER
not contested
2015 team results not known team results not known
2013 team results not known team results not known
2011 team results not known team results not known
2009 1:56:22 - FIN
1:58:30 - RUS
2:41:56 - GBR
not contested
2007 2:07:35 - GBR
no second or third place
not contested
2005 team results not known team results not known
2003 team results not known team results not known
2001 2:33:27 - USA
2:36:00 - FIN
2:38:53 - NZL
John Eccles, Henry Goldstein, Melvyn Munro
not contested
1999 team results not known team results not known
1997 team results not known team results not known
1995 2:52:10 - USA
3:13:56 - GER
no third place
not contested
1993 2:49:01 - JPN
3:20:12 - GER
no third place
not contested
1991 2:51:28 - FIN
3:11:12 - FRG
no third place
3:23:08 - USA
no second or third place
1989 not contested not contested
1987 not contested no team (W50+ were a single team)
1985 team results not known team results not known
1983 team results not known team results not known
1981 team results not known team results not known
1979 not contested not contested
1977 not contested no womens teams
1975 not contested no cross country event
  M80 W80
2022 1:30:35 - GER
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not contested

econd or third place

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2018 1:57:30 - ARG
no second or third place
not contested
2016 not contested 3:57:44 - AUS
no second or third place
2015 team results not known team results not known
2013 team results not known team results not known
2011 team results not known team results not known
2009 2:41:32 - FIN
no second or third place
not contested
2007 not contested not contested
2005 team results not known team results not known
2003 team results not known team results not known
2001 not contested not contested
1999 team results not known team results not known
1997 team results not known team results not known
1995 4:19:20 - GER
no second or third place
not contested
1993 3:17:46 - JPN
no second or third place
not contested
1991 3:20:33 - USA
no second or third place
not contested
1989 not contested not contested
1987 not contested no team (W50+ were a single team)
1985 team results not known team results not known
1983 team results not known team results not known
1981 team results not known team results not known
1979 not contested not contested
1977 not contested no womens teams
1975 not contested no cross country event
Results for missing years will be provided if we can locate them.

  

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