Cross-country is a tough discipline as courses can be hilly, muddy or even snow-covered. But it makes you strong and it’s a great way to progress your training.” – Mo Farah
The cross country (XC) season typically runs from mid September to March. Many athletes from club runners to elite athletes use cross country races in the winter months to build on and improve their strength and endurance running. Cross country running is very different from road and track running. Every year, even if a course layout remains the same, conditions under foot and weather conditions will change so it’s hard to compare one year to the next. But that in itself can be quite refreshing as the emphasis is not necessarily on your times or pace per mile – it can be more about the challenge that lies ahead whether that’s conquering the course, adapting to the varying terrain and winter weather conditions or competing against your nearest rival.
Any questions? Contact our XC Team Captains: firstname.lastname@example.org
2017-18 NYSD CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE RACES
|XC Relays||24 Sep 2017||The Flatts, Thirsk||Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers|
|Meeting 1||15 Oct 2017||Acorn Centre, Acklam||Middlesbrough & Cleveland Harriers|
|Meeting 2||12 Nov 2017||Caedmon School, Whitby||Loftus & Whitby AC|
|Meeting 3||19 Nov 2017||Preston Park, Eaglescliffe||Stockton Striders|
|Meeting 4||3 Dec 2017||Summerhill, Hartlepool||Burn Road Harriers|
|Meeting 5||21 Jan 2018||Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough||NYMAC|
|Meeting 6||18 Feb 2018||Old Race Course, Richmond||Richmond & Zetland Harriers|
|Road Relays||11 Mar 2018||South Park, Darlington||Darlington Harriers|
2016-17 NYSD CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE RACES
- Sunday 2nd October 2016 – Thirsk (Relays)
- Sunday 23 October 2016 – Whitby, Caedmon School
- Saturday 12 November 2016 – Redcar, Fox Rush
- Sunday 27 November 2016 – Croft Circuit
- Sunday 15 January 2017 – Ormesby Hall
- Sunday 22 January 2017 – Acklam, Acorn Centre
- Sunday 5 February 2017 – Hartlepool, Summerhill Centre
- Sunday 19 February 2017 – Richmond
- Sunday 12 March 2017 – Croft (Relays)
You do not need to pre-enter the league.
Simply turn up and Louise and / or Darren will be there (near the Quaker flag / tent).
They will register you on your first race, take your details (date of birth and age required) and you will be given a number.
You only pay once for the number, which you must then keep and re-use for the whole series.
The number costs £5 seniors / vets or £4 for U17’s.
Runners must be paid up members of Quakers Running Club and wear their club vest and number on the front of the vest.
The league races award a point based system for each male and female category as well as team points.
Senior men and male veterans to age 64 run approx 6 miles.
Females, veteran females, males over 65 and junior men / women run approximately 3 miles.
My favourite xc so far has to be the Northern Championship at Pontefract Racecourse. It was even muddier than usual and I ended up covered. I tried to really work through the worst of the mud to lose as little momentum as possible. I was really pleased with my run that day” – Darren Wright