The cross country season kicks off with the Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge in September, followed by the Kent Cross Country League from October through to February. The Kent Vets and Southern Masters take place in December. The senior championship races start early in the New year with the Kent Champs, the Southern Champs and the Nationals in January and February. To finish the season, the TWH club championships are held in Hargate Forest in March.
If you fancy having a go – it’s low-key, great fun, and good winter training. For further info please contact Ed Steele (Men’s cross country captain) or Lesley Mercer (Ladies’ cross country captains).
Provisional 2017/18 calendar of events
All XC team events are paid for by the club and anyone can enter and come along, please note that there may be a very small season ‘match’ fee applied in the 2017 season to cover this. There are a number of deadlines to be aware of, some being quite far in advance of the race!
Kent Cross Country League
The men’s races are 10K and the women’s races only 5K. (If any women think that this is too short then regard it as a bit of speed training – it will do wonders for your fitness). For all but one of the races the women run directly before the men so, for both men and women, there’s plenty of support as you slog your way through the mud. There are four matches over the season, but even if you can only make it for one race you could score valuable points for the club, especially as the men take part in both a ‘4 to score’ and a ’12 to score’.
South of the Thames (SOTT)
The South of the Thames is an historic series of racing that the previous incarnation of the club won! What makes these special is that they are one of the few mixed XC races of the year, with all categories competing at the same time, just not against each other
These are the tougher races of the year, with national competition at the southern and national champs along with some very tough courses
- Kent Veterans Championships
- The main XC veterans champs of the year for our area, covering various age categories upto M60/F55+
- Southern Masters XC Champs
- Kent Championships
- Southern Championships
- The longest XC race of the year at 15k for the men’s race
- National Championships
- One of the greatest events that so few outside the running world are aware of, race with the best in the country