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 Senior Cross Country Secretary and Ladies’ Team Manager Donna Airey, and our Men’s Team Manager Jason Pier are always happy to help with any questions so that you can thoroughly enjoy all that mud!
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 2019-20 season our Senior Ladies and Senior Men are competing in Division 1, and our V40 Men are competing in Division 2. Our members also compete in the Lancashire, Northern and National Championships. Here are all our Cross Country Fixtures.
Race Entries and Numbers
Our Senior Cross Country Secretary, Donna Airey, 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 Donna 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. The entry deadlines are publicised on the Facebook Team Clayton group.
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. Race numbers are not available on the day. 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.
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.