Cross Country Calendar

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!

Richard Pegg is the club’s 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.

And if you’re thinking about it, but unsure about how you’ll get on or what shoes you need, why not join one of our friendly, no pressure taster sessions, led by experienced XC runners in the club? It’s an opportunity to try XC running in a supportive environment without the pressure of racing.

2023-24 event schedule

Date Event Location
Sat 23 Sep Striders XC taster session 1 Norfolk Park
Sun 1 Oct Striders XC taster session 2 Norfolk Park
Sun 15 Oct SYCAA XC League – race 1 Clifton Park, Rotherham
Sat 21 Oct Northern XC Relays Graves Park, Sheffield
Sat 28 Oct BMAF National XC Championships (ages 35+) Long Eaton
Sun 29 Oct SYCAA XC League – race 2 Longley Park, Sheffield
Sat 4 Nov National XC Relays Berry Hill, Mansfield
Sun 19 Nov SYCAA XC League – race 3 Winterhill, Rotherham
Sun 10 Dec SYCAA XC League – race 4 (and SY Championships) Graves Park, Sheffield
Sat 6 Jan Yorkshire XC Championships Lightwater Valley, Ripon
Sat 27 Jan Northern XC Championships Sedgefield, County Durham (TBC)
Sat 24 Feb National XC Championships Weston Park, Shropshire
TBC Yorkshire Vets XC Relays (35+) TBC

The backbone of the season is the South Yorkshire XC league. Entry is £8 for the 4 races (but numbers for these races are paid for by the club, with runners contributing £2 for each of the 4 races they miss – so if you run all 4, they are free to the runner!)

We were South Yorkshire Champions in 2019 and finished a respectable 3rd in 2021. It would be great to get the title back in 2023.

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, plus the various veteran XC events. 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.