Cross Country season introduction

The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning brown, it’s getting colder… It can only mean one thing: the return of the cross country season!

We are delighted that Richard Pegg has volunteered to be the clubs go-to man for all things cross country. So if you wish to enter any cross country race or just have a question about cross country please drop him a message via the Contact Form on the website.

Cross country is an excellent way to improve your strength, stamina and racing brain – all while getting gloriously muddy and taking part in some wonderful team events. What’s not to like? You don’t even have to worry about checking your watch. See our Cross Country Introduction guide for even more reasons to join in.

The backbone of the season is the South Yorkshire XC league. As with the spring 5-mile race series, you get one number and keep it for all four races – so don’t throw it away! You can run all four, or just one – it’s up to you. Entry is a flat £8 for all four races but it is paid for by the club – so in effect you are getting four races for nothing. As it’s a league we are ranked by our performances against other clubs. Your finishing position counts but it’s just as important to get lots of finishers in each race, so we need as many runners as possible, regardless of whether you are usually near the front or the back when you finish. Equally, or even more important, is the camaraderie and flapjack of every event.

Full details (fixtures, locations, maps, times etc) of the South Yorkshire league can be found on the SYCAA website – dates are decided early in the year, but details like locations and times are filled in closer to the time.

In addition to the local league, we like to get as many teams (men and women) into the local and national relays and the Yorkshire, Northern and National Championships. If you’d like to take part in any of these events, please respond to the emails sent around ahead of the events or contact Richard Pegg via the contact form. Again, the club pays for entry to all relays and championships. They are great club team events and as an added bonus you get to race alongside and watch some of the best runners in the country.

The Striders XC Championship race was previously held as a stand alone event in October, but due to increasing fixture congestion it became difficult to find a suitable date each year. Since 2015 we have run the cross country championships in various ways – as a one-off race and as a league similar to the road and fell champs. Due to problems with finding a date and recent low turnouts, we decided to cancel the XC championship race for 2018.

Details for the Sheffield XC Open XC race and Cutlers Relay can be found on the Sheffield RC website.

The fixtures for the upcoming season can be found below. Details will be filled in over the summer and autumn as they become available so please check back. Announcements will also go out to club members via email and Facebook.

XC fixtures 2019-20

Date Event Location Closing date
Saturday 7th October Introduction to XC (Striders event) Graves Park, Sheffield n/a
Sunday 13 October XC League – R1 Norfolk Park, Sheffield n/a – numbers available from mid-Sep
Saturday 19 October Cutler’s Relay (and Northern XC Relay Championships) Graves Park, Sheffield Friday 12 October
Sunday 27 October XC League – R2 Campsall, Doncaster n/a – numbers available from mid-Sep
Saturday 2 November National XC Relays Berry Hill, Mansfield Friday 12 October
Sunday 17 November XC League – R3 Kiveton Community Woodland n/a – numbers available from mid-Sep
Sunday 8 December XC League – R4 (South Yorkshire Championship race) Penistone Showground n/a – numbers available from mid-Sep
Saturday 4 January Yorkshire XC Championships Lightwater Valley TBC (early Dec)
Saturday 18 January Sheffield Open XC (Striders Championship race 2020) Graves Park, Sheffield Enter Online (EOD usually £1 extra)
Saturday 25 January Northern XC Championships Camphill Estate, Bedale TBC (early Dec)
Saturday 22 February National XC Championships Wollaton Park, Nottingham TBC (early-mid January)