Next Cross Country races
The Cross Country season starts again in October.
To take part you need:
- EA membership
- Chester Tri membership
- 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.
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.
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
For the 2021/22 season the races are reduced to two Championship events only
- L&D XC Championships 2021 – Sat 27th 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: £2.20
- L&D XC Championships 2022– Sun 19th 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: £2.00
For this league you need EA membership, Chester Tri membership and a club vest or T-shirt must be worn. 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, guests are allowed and 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 the first 6 runners count towards the team (whether male or female).
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 3 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 is the first time outside of WW1 & WW2 that it’s been cancelled.
Further details and results available here: http://www.lps-athletics.co.uk/ld-cross-country/
For the races that must be entered in advance, contact Mike Waring.
North West Sunday Cross Country League
North West Sunday Cross Country League 2021-22 dates to be announced soon.
- Race 1 – 20th October – Beacon Park, Skelmersdale – 10.00am
- Race 2 – 3rd November – Clarke Gardens, Liverpool – 10.00am
- Race 3 – 15th December – Arrowe Park, Wirral – 10.00 am
- Race 4 – 2nd February – Croxteth Park, Liverpool – 10.00 am
- Race 5 – 23rd February – Town Park, Runcorn – 10.00 am
- Race 6 – 1st March – Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington – 10.00 am
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. (2nd claim runners are not allowed, but guests may run if they don’t go down the finish funnel). 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/
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.
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 (or 3 for the Women’s team for the Cheshire Champs).
These races must be entered in advance. Contact Mike Waring.