Cross Country

About Cross Country

It's free!
Zilch, zero, zippo. Your membership fee each year covers the club's entry costs.

Mud is good essentially.
It's nothing like the days of school cross country and is very much an opportunity to help maintain fintess and focus over the winter as well as providing a some fun. You are running as a team with ladies consisting of teams of 3 and men team's of 7 (remember a lot of these rules were devised when the assumption was women didn't run and whilst they�ve come along somewhat there are sadly some concepts that still need to be challenged).

What if I'm not a fast runner?
We don't care, we want you to run. Last year at Harcourt Hill we didn't have 7 men so any runner would have been vital and may have got us promoted (this was the League's fault for faffing about with a venue until it was too late!). We also had to beg, steal and borrow for the last race so everyone has a role to play. Our aim this year is to have a ladies team in division 1 and towards the top of division whilst for the men it is to get into division 1 (finally) and get a solid placing in division 2 so every runner and race is vital.

It is very much a team event and your main challenge is to beat the person in front of you or the person who beat you last time.
Do that and you'll come home happy. You will never get a PB as the terrain differs from year to year and you don't want to get water in your Garmin anyway.

We share lifts to each race...
and have a club tent for sheltering from the elements / somewhere to get changed / leave bags. There is a £3 charge per car for parking.

You will need spikes (and a few carrier bags)and you will get wet and muddy...
Have a look on Sports Direct or Start Fitness for a cheap pair of cross country spikes - you'll pay around £30 for a pair and they will last you for years. Don't worry about colours as within 30 seconds they will be brown and never shiny again. Also a good tip is tp buy some longer spikes - 12mm - 15mm.

Race times
Ladies race at 11:20 and men at 12:00 - for the last race the men�s and ladies races swap.

Every race has a hill ...
and are usually laps so you go up the hill more than once. It's fine, look at Barry Cornelius' photo's and you'll see loads walk up the toughest one's.

What Do I Need To Do?

If you ran in any of the 5 races last year you will be automatically registered for this year.

If you are new to the club and this email has convinced you to have a go then let our cross country representatives know Vinny Bayliss and Livvy Underhill know (both cc'd into this email) and they will ensure you are registered.

If you run second claim for Alchester and are contemplating running for us let us know before 16th October as this is the cut off for second claim runners (a certain club may have put in a ringer a couple of years ago who won by about 2 minutes - it was funny though to see the looks on some faces!).

Make sure you have a club vest / t-shirt. Without this you can't race as it is restricted to clubs and their runners only. Rachel Bowles is your lady for kit.

Have the ability to bake a cake (or have a close relation who bakes a good cake). Whilst not saying this compulsary it does provides for interesting debate. You will however have some way to beat Tony Sturgess' wife sponge cake and Emma Nelson's mince pies - no pressure!

Where and When

Fixtures for 2017/2018


Couple of useful links / notes

» Click here to visit the official page of Oxford Mail League

Remember it's a team thing and it's hugely enjoyable and rewarding!