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English National Cross Country history is made by Steve Vernon

- 16th Mar 2014
English National Cross Country history is made by Steve Vernon

Steve Vernon won a second English National Cross Country title and in the process became the most medalled athlete in the history of the English National cross country event which dates back to 1877 and the first ever race at Roehampton which is regarded as the most treasured title in cross country running.

The illustrious names over the years takes you through the history of endurance running with notable runners from the start of the 1900s by Horsham's South London Harrier Alfie Shrubb, famous pre and post war miler Sydney Wooderson taking the title in 1948 and Manchester athletic club winner Walter Hesketh winning in 1952.

Other two times winners include Coventry Godivas Basil Heatley to back titles in 1960/61 and went on to take the silver medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Marathon another marathon running legend Ron Hill winning the National in in 1966/68.

Other notable past winners include former British 10k record holder Basildon's Eamon Martin and North east running legends 1976 Montreal Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Brendan Foster, and Los Angeles 1984 10,000m Olympic silver medallist Mike McLeod.

Steve's record winning eight medals came with bronze medals in 2006-2008 2010 and silver medals 2009- 2012-2013 and his two winning performances in 2011 and his emphatic victory 2014.

Steve's journey to the National started as a 9-year-old running in the Stockport Harriers schools leagues before joining the Harriers age 14 and finishing sixth in his first ever Greater Manchester Cross Country race.