Cross Country

Background

This is such a great way to spend one Sunday a month running around in all weather, it's FREE (the club pays for a team subscription) and is great training. It's such a fun, social event and a great way to meet other members of the club.  If you are interested in joining the team for a Round or for the season email Crosscountry@didcotrunners.org.uk

The Didcot Runners Cross Country Championship is a winter competition, rewarding club members for performances in the numerous and varied races competed in. There are prizes for the leading male and female runners in both senior and veterans age groups.

Cross Country Championship trophies will be awarded to runners based on the best four results achieved by each competitor i.e. to qualify, competitors must complete at least tbc of the five rounds:

  • Male S, V1, V2 and V3 / Female S, V1,V2 and V3

The League is the only XC league in Oxfordshire; it is sponsored by the Oxford Mail. Each season the League organizes races at 5 venues, from November through to March (First Sunday in the month). The League is open only to its member clubs; athletes may not enter as individuals. Here are the dates and venues for the coming season:

Round Date Venue

  1. November
  2. December
  3. January
  4. February
  5. March

Men cover: 8500 (8.5km) race time of 11:20 

Ladies cover: 6500m (6.5km) race time of 12:00

You do not need to run any races or all races even if you have supplied your name, you are more than welcome to come and support. If you'd like to rest after an injury, you can volunteer to marshal at event, this is always appreciated as volunteers run the whole network. If this is something you are interested in, please let us know and we can put you in contact with the race director for the venue. 

To represent the club we need at each event 3 ladies per team, 7 men per team and we can enter as many teams as we like, the more, the better.

Who can run it?

All participants must be a fully paid up member of a participating running club. There are no entry fees, the club has paid for any and all of its members to run. The only charge is for car parking which is set at £3 (may vary per venue). Club members need to make their own way to the event or arrange car sharing. The league is partially funded by the car parking fees so please use the official parking areas. All races are very well marshalled with volunteers giving up their own time.

Under new rules, please ensure you have Photo ID and your England Athletics Card to hand if you turn up on the day to run. This does not guarantee you to run on this day, so please flag up your interest 7 days prior to the event so that the administratin can be finalised.

What do you need?

  1. Didcot Runners Club running top.
  2. A race number - The Cross Country Co-Ordinator will have the numbers on the day.
  3. Spikes or off road shoes would be highly advisable. Fit-to-run (http://www.fit2rundirect.com) offers all Didcot Runners a 10% discount.
  4. A towel and a set of warm clothes to change into. (Wellies and gloves are also useful optional extras).

What to expect?

The Cross Country co-Ordinator to arrive early to sort admin, erect the tent and flag at around 09:30. There will be many clubs with a similar set up. Please do turn up early to help with the proceedings if you can. Hot drinks and homemade baked goods may make an appearance from our members. The Didcot Runners tent will be available for changing. Find the flag, and find us. 

Check out the Cross Country website for further details on venues and up to date news. http://www.oxonxc.org.uk