The IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015 gets under way on Saturday, March 28 and you can follow all the action on the IAAF website.
If you can’t follow the action on TV, you can listen to the IAAF Radio throughout the competition.
The Guiyang 2015 Course
The championships course is located in a mountainous area approximately 30km away from the city and is set in, and around, a horse racing circuit.
It is a facility which has since 2000 hosted Asian and national cross country championships.
The course loop of 2km, combined with the start and finish straights, will make up the following approximate distances for the four races: junior women – 3 laps, 6km; junior men – 4 laps, 8km; senior women – 4 laps, 8km; senior men – 6 laps, 12km.
How the event is scored
In all races, IAAF Member Federations may enter a maximum of eight athletes; but no more than six shall be allowed to start in each race with four to score.
The team results are decided by the aggregate of places recorded by the scoring athletes of each team. The team with the lowest aggregate of points will be judged the winner.
If a team fails to finish with a complete scoring team, the runners finishing shall be counted as individuals in the race result and be eligible for the individual prize money (senior races only).
In assessing the aggregate, no adjustment to the scoring of the finishing teams shall be made in respect of any non-scoring team runners or of individual entries.
In the event of a tie, it shall be resolved in favour of the team whose last scoring member finishes nearer to first place.
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