X Country

Quakers Running Club: Cross Country  

 It’s 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. 

Any questions? Contact our XC Team Managers:

  • Louise Trainor – lou00lou@yahoo.co.uk  
  • Darren Wright – dazmond72@hotmail.com 



  • 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, Old Racecourse
  • Sunday 12 March 2017 – TBC (Relays)

 2016 XC League Rules and Information (PDF)

No need to pre enter the league. Simply turn up and Louise and/or Darren will be there (hopefully near the Quaker flag/tent). They will register you on your first race take your details (date of birth and age required) and they will give you a number. You only pay once for the number which you must then keep and re-use for the whole series. The number costs £5 senior, vets or £4 for U17’s . Runners must be paid up members and wear their club vest and number on the front of the vest. The league races award a point based system for each male and female category as well as team points.  Senior men and male veterans to age 64 run approx 6 miles. Females, veteran females, males over 65 and junior men/women run approximately 3 miles. 


Fancy having a go in the Championship races? 

  • North East Championship
    10 December 2016 – Aykley Heads, Durham

  • Northern Championship
    28 January 2017 – Knowsley Park, Liverpool

  • National Championship
    27 February 2017 – Wollaton Park, Nottingham 



“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