Senior Cross Country

Cross Country is where fell and road runners meet. Whatever your usual discipline come and join us at a Cross Country meeting for competition, friendship and most of all fun from juniors to all categories of seniors. Our Cross Country Secretary Jason Pier, Ladies’ Team Manager Donna Airey, and Men’s Team Manager Danny Collinge, are always happy to help with any questions so that you can thoroughly enjoy all that mud!

Ladies' Team Manager Donna Airey. Photo David Belshaw

Ladies Team Manager Donna Airey. Photo David Belshaw

Danny Collinge East Lancs Hospice 10k 2016

Men’s Team Manager Danny Collinge

The Cross Country season is from September to March. Races are typically of 6k distance for the Ladies and 10k for the Men, are almost always held on parkland and are flagged. We compete in two leagues – the Mid Lancs league (six fixtures) and the Red Rose League (four fixtures, although one clashes with a Mid Lancs fixture). Our priority is the Mid Lancs League, where for the 2017-18 season our Senior Men, and V40 Men are competing in Division 1, and our Senior Ladies are competing in Divison 2. Our members also compete in the Lancashire, Northern and National Championships. Here are all our Cross Country Fixtures.

Race Entries and Numbers

Our Cross Country Secretary, Jason Pier, pre-enters our runners (and the club pays) for the Mid Lancs League, the Red Rose League, the Northern Championships, and the National Championships. Please let Jason know your plans (and date of birth) in good time so that you can be pre-entered for the all the races that you intend to do. Runners are responsible for their own entries in the Lancashire Championships. Here are the important dates:

Red Rose League pre-entry 1/10/17 TBC
Mid Lancs League pre-entry TBC
Mid Lancs Liverpool pre-entry 17/11/17 TBC
Lancashire Championships pre-entry 17/12/17 TBC
Northern Championships entry (no EOD) 12/01/18 TBC
National Championships entry (no EOD) 12/01/18 TBC
Jason Pier

Manager Jason Pier

Mid Lancs League pre-entry numbers are available for collection on race day from the club tent. If you have not been pre-entered you can obtain a number on race day from the Mid Lancs tent; there is no charge but you will need your England Athletics registration number. Please keep your number as the same number is used for subsequent fixtures (except the Liverpool fixture which has separate numbers).

Red Rose League pre-entry numbers are also available for collection on race day from the club tent. If you have not been pre-entered you will need to go to the Race Entry Desk with your England Athletics registration number and pay £6 for a number. Please keep your number as the same number is used for all four Red Rose fixtures.

What to wear!

Club vests are to be worn for every Cross Country race, so that you can count in the all-important team competitions. Shoes with spikes (we’d suggest trying 12mm length spikes first) are normally recommended (lots of mud usually on offer!) although some runners choose to wear fell shoes with studded soles.

Club Competitions

The Club Cross Country Championship consists of three races, with a member’s best two races counting. Under 20, under 23 and veteran awards are available in the Club Championship. For those who love Cross Country, in the Cross Country Palladium points are awarded for competing in up to ten races.

XC Leigh Sept 2014