|The History of the World Cross Country
is in many respects the oldest of all of the athletics disciplines. It was born of the
need to survive. The need to pursue and the need to escape.
Once the fiefdom of the northern Europeans
and their descendants on the five continents, the international cross country scene has
been dominated by the African nations in its more recent history.
These few pages trace that history and some
of the great athletes whose exploits gave it substance.
Another page or two will be added in this
26th edition of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and they will make for exciting
Thanks to Mark Butler, for the compilation
of the statistics in this section, and the contributing authors