For all you budding cross country runners, why not take part in the cross country leagues throughout winter. The cross country races are open to runners of all abilities and we highly recommend giving them a go for the great team spirit, racing in club colours and challenging yourself in a tough (sometimes very muddy!) race.
The club take part primarily in two leagues:
There are 4 races in each league hosted from October/November through to January/February. The leagues are free for members of the club to take part - but you must be a paid up first claim affiliated member.
We do also participate in the Gloucestershire League. which is for both men and women. However most of the focus goes into the leagues above, so there's not usually many at the Gloucestershire League.
12th November 2022
- Men's hosted by Severn AC at Plock Court, Gloucester.
- Women's hosted by Trentham RC at Park Hall Country Park, Stoke-on-Trent.
3rd December 2022
- Men's and women's hosted by Cheltenham & County Harriers at Pittville Park, Cheltenham.
14th January 2023
- Men's hosted by Bromsgrove & Redditch AC at Ipsley Meadows.
- Women's hosted by City of Birmingham Striders / Aldridge RC at Aldridge Airport.
11th February 2023
- Men's hosted by Spa Striders at Burton Dassett Hills Country Park.
- Women's hosted by Sphinx AC / Massey Ferguson RC at Coombe Abbey Park,, Coventry.
Thank you to the captains for volunteering and championing the cross country. If you would like to ask any questions about the cross country, check out the BPJ Facebook group.
Also a big thank you to Chris Bomber Harris who captained the men’s team through the club’s promotion to division two and grew the participation in the club. Due to other commitments he has passed the mantle over, but still helps out where possible.
Men's cross country team captain
Women's cross country team captain
Footwear and kit
For cross country it is compulsory for all runners to be wearing their club vest or t-shirt. If you don’t have one, check out the kit page for how to buy one. Footwear really depends on the course and weather conditions, some races you may get by with road shoes, most you will need trail shoes, which have better grip and for some races, cross country spikes are necessary (you can run without but you may end up slipping and sliding everywhere!).