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English National Cross Country Championships
Saturday 14 Sep
13:30 - 16:00

English National Cross Country Championships

To take part you need:
  1. EA membership
  2. Chester Tri membership
  3. a club vest or T-shirt  must be worn.

You must have EA (England Athletics) membership to take part in these and all other league races.  The annual fee is £15 and the membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March.

Please take time to check you have current EA membership.

You can check if you have already paid for EA membership by logging in and checking if your “Memberships” includes “Chester Tri Club EA Membership”

Chester Triathlon Club competes in two Cross Country Leagues each year and also enter teams into Championship events. The leagues are a series of local monthly races held from October to February, ranging from 4.5 to 6 miles in length. Off-road shoes or XC spikes are strongly advised.

These races are certainly not just for the faster members of the club. They are an opportunity for all of us to have a good hard run which will do much to benefit our progress and core strength. Use them as a training session or to build experience of a race situation. As you tend to compete against the same people month on month it provides a good measure (and incentive!) of how you are getting on throughout the season.

Like all Leagues we compete in, we don’t have to have the same people in each race, so come along even if you can only make a couple of dates.

Everyone is welcome, remember, we all help the overall scores one way or another.

Chester Tri also leads the field in post race catering – hot drinks and flap jacks!

Most of the races are completely free to enter and you can just turn up on the day, no need to sign-up in advance.
Chester Tri also enter teams into Championship events, these races have a small fee and must be entered in advance, contact Mike Waring.

Liverpool and District Cross Country League

2023/24 Races

  • Race 1 – Sat 28th October – Arrowe Park, Wirral – 2.00pm
  • Race 2 – Sat 25th November – Sefton Park, Liverpool
    Women 1.05pm, Men 2.05pm – this is also the British Athletics Cross Challenge & European Trials
    This race must be entered in advance, Entry fee: £2.50
  • Race 3 – Sat 9th December – Beacon Park, Skelmersdale – 2.00pm
  • L&D XC Championships 2024 – Sun 11th February – Clarke Gardens, Liverpool – 11.00am (Women’s and Men’s teams run in the same race)
    This race must be entered in advance, Entry fee: £2.50

For this league you need EA membership, Chester Tri membership and a club vest or T-shirt must be worn. XC spikes or at least off-road shoes are strongly advised. With the exception of the races at Sefton Park and Clarke Gardens, all races are free with no need to sign up prior to a race, just turn up and give your name to the representative from Chester Tri. At the finish you will be given a token which should be returned to the club representative. Also with the exception of the races at Sefton Park and Clarke Gardens, second claim runners may participate if their first claim club does not participate in the competition.

In this league the men and women run together and there are 6 counters for the Men’s team and 4 for the Women’s team (new for 2023/24 season).

Most courses are multiple laps, with a total distance between 5 and 6 miles.

The 2nd race of the league at Sefton Park is also the British Athletics Cross Challenge (incorporating the European Cross Country Championships Trials) were you run in the same race as the elite of the country! (No second claim members or guests allowed).

 

For the L&D XC Championship race, there are 6 counters for the Men’s team and 4 for the Women’s team. (No second claim members or guests allowed).

2018 saw the first ever Women’s team competition in the Championships history since 1892, with Chester Tri winning Silver.
The 2020 Championships was postponed due to Storm Dennis then eventually cancelled due to Covid. Since the first championships in 1892 this was the first time outside of WW1 & WW2 that it had been cancelled.
In 2022 our Women’s Team made history once again by winning Gold.

Further details and results available here: http://www.ldccu.uk/.
Historic info here: http://www.lps-athletics.co.uk/ld-cross-country/.
News and information can be found on the Facebook page here.

For the races that must be entered in advance, contact Mike Waring.

North West Sunday Cross Country League

2023/24 Races

Chester Tri are entered into the North West Sunday Cross Country League, providing an alternative to the L&D League.
For this league you need EA membership, Chester Tri membership and a club vest or T-shirt must be worn. Second claim runners and guests are welcome to run, but ONLY first claim runners will count towards team scoring. XC spikes or at least off-road shoes are strongly advised. All races are free with no need to sign up prior to a race, just turn up and give your name to the representative from Chester Tri. At the finish you will be given a token which should be returned to the club representative.

In this league the men and women run together and there are 6 counters for the Men’s team and 3 for the Women’s team.

Most courses are multiple laps, with a total distance between 4.5 and 5 miles.

These races are really well attended and have a great atmosphere with runners of all abilities taking part, making them less intimidating for newcomers.

Further details and results available here: http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/

News and information can be found in the Facebook group here.

Cross Country Championships

Chester Tri can enter teams into regional and national cross country events.

To take part  you must have an up-to-date England Athletics registration and be a member of Chester Tri as your first claim club. Club vests or T-shirts must be worn.

For the Cheshire Championships you must also have either been born within the 1974 Cheshire county boundaries (incl. Halton & Warrington) or have been resident in Cheshire for 9 months prior to the date of competition AND must not have competed in another county’s champs since 1st Oct of that season.

English National info can be found here.
A great resource of the history, results and photos of the English National (including the origins of cross country) can be found here.

Most courses are multiple laps, with the Women’s race usually 8 km and the Men’s race between 10 and 12 km.

There are 6 counters for the Men’s team and 4 for the Women’s team.

These races must be entered in advance. Contact Mike Waring.

Cheshire
Cross Country Championships

Saturday 6th January 2024

Reaseheath College, Nantwich

Women 1.00pm, Men 2.00pm

This race must be entered in advance.
Entry fee: Club will pay half of the £9 fee, so it’s just £4.50

English National
Cross Country Championships

Saturday 14th Sept 2024

Weston Park, Shropshire

Women 1.35pm, Men 3.00pm

This race must be entered in advance here. Entry fee: £12.00
(make sure you enter as ‘Chester Triathlon Club’ to join the same team).