Cross Country

“The training of champions!”

“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.

Louise Trainor | Ladies Team Captain

Marc Ellis | Mens Team Captain

Any questions? Contact our XC Team Captains:

2023-24 NYSD League Races

The NYSD XC meeting which takes place on Sunday 5th November is at Fox Rush Community Park, Dormanstown, Redcar TS10 5PZ. This meeting is hosted by New Marske Harriers. Be aware there are some small changes to the course from last year. Please remember that no dogs are allowed in the area of the Start /Finish or on the football pitches. Look forward to seeing you all on the 5th, no fireworks please. Further details here.

    2023/24DateVenue/course detailsResults
    M11st OctAcklam Grange, M/Bro
    M25th NovFox Rush Community Park2023-24 NYSD XC Results Foxrush
    M326th Nov **date amendedSummerhill, H/Pool
    M47th JanOrmesby Hall, M/Bro
    M54th FebCaedmon School, Whitby
    M63rd MarRichmond Old Racecourse
    Relays24th MarDarlington

    There is a link here (external link opens in new window)

    “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

    Cross Country Archive

    • Relays – Thirsk – 22nd September 2019 – Results
    • Meeting 1 – Acorn Centre (MCH) – 6th October 2019 – Results
    • Meeting 2 – Caedmon School, Whitby – 10th November 2019 – Results
    • Meeting 3 – Fox Rush (NMH) – 24th November 2019 –
    • Meeting 4 – Summerhill (HBRH) 7/8th December 2019 (TBC)
    • Meeting 5 – Ormesby Hall (NYMAC) 19th January 2020
    • Meeting 6 – Old Racecourse (R&Z) 16th February 2020
    • Meeting 7 – Croft Circuit – 1st March 2020
    • Relays – South Park (D Harriers) – 22nd March 2020

    Click here for 2018-19 NYSD XC League Rules (External Link)

    MeetingDateLocationHostsDetails / Results
    XC Relays23-Sep-18The Flatts, ThirskThirsk & Sowerby HarriersResults – Thirsk Relays
    Meeting 114-Oct-18Acorn Centre, AcklamMiddlesbrough & Cleveland HarriersResults – Acklam
    Meeting 24-Nov-18Caedmon School, WhitbyLoftus & Whitby ACResults – Whitby
    Meeting 318-Nov-18Preston Park, EaglescliffeStockton StridersResults – Preston Park
    Meeting 402-Dec-18Fox Rush Farm Community Woodland, RedcarNew Marske HarriersResults – Fox Rush Farm
    Meeting 520-Jan-19Ormesby Hall, MiddlesbroughNYMACResults – Ormesby Hall
    Meeting 617-Feb-19Old Race Course, RichmondRichmond & Zetland HarriersResults – Old Race Course, Richmond
    Road Relays10-Mar-19South Park, DarlingtonDarlington Harriers

    Click here for 2017-18 NYSD XC League Rules (PDF)

    XC Relays24-Sep-17The Flatts, ThirskThirsk & Sowerby Harriers
    Meeting 115-Oct-17Acorn Centre, AcklamMiddlesbrough & Cleveland HarriersRound 1 results
    Meeting 212-Nov-17Caedmon School, WhitbyLoftus & Whitby ACRound 2 results
    Meeting 319-Nov-17Preston Park, EaglescliffeStockton StridersRound 3 results
    Meeting 403-Dec-17Summerhill, HartlepoolBurn Road Harriers

    Round 4 Results

    Cumulative results after Round 4

    Meeting 521-Jan-18Ormesby Hall, MiddlesbroughNYMAC

    Round 5 Results

    Cumulative results after Round 5

    Meeting 618-Feb-18Old Race Course, RichmondRichmond & Zetland Harriers

    Round 6 results

    Cumulative results after Round 6

    Road Relays11-Mar-18South Park, DarlingtonDarlington HarriersSouth Park Road Relay results
    • 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)
    Click here for 2016-17 Cumulative Points Table
    Click here to download the NYSD XC League Rules 2016-17