For all you budding cross country runners, why not take part in the cross country leagues. 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.

As a club we take part in the Gloucestershire League.  The men also take part in the Birmingham & District League. and the women in the Midland Women’s League. The plus side with the Birmingham and Midlands Leagues is that the club have already paid for the season so there will be no cost to club members taking part. For the Gloucester league, you can just enter on the day for a very reasonable £4. There is usually a special offer if you enter all four races prior to the event.

Team captains

The Black Pear team captains are Chris Bomber Harris for the men’s team and Lorraine Griffiths for the women’s team. Thank you to them both 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.

Chris Bomber Harris
Lorraine Griffiths
Cross country team Cheltenham 2013
Cross country team Cheltenham 2013

Gloucestershire Cross Country League

Open To: Men and Women
Cost: £4 per race
League Website: GAAA cross country

2017-18 Fixtures

  1. October 14th 2017:
    Venue TBC
  2. November 4th 2017:
    Venue TBC
  3. December 9th 2017:
    Venue TBC
  4. February 17th 2018:
    Venue TBC
Cross country team at Droitwich 2014
Cross country team at Droitwich 2014

Birmingham and District Men’s Cross Country League

Open To: Men Only
Cost: Free
Division: 3
League Website: Birmingham Cross Country League

2017-18 Fixtures

  1. November 11th 2017:
    Venue TBC (Hosted by Telford AC)
  2. December 2nd 2017:
    Venue TBC (Hosted by Stratford AC)
  3. January 13th 2018:
    Venue TBC (Hosted by Kings Heath RC)
  4. February 10th 2018:
    Venue TBC (Hosted by CLC Striders)
Cross country team Cheltenham 2013
Cross country team Cheltenham 2013

Midland Women’s Cross Country League

Open To: Women Only
Cost: Free
League Website: Midland Athletics

2017-18 Fixtures

  1. November 11th 2017:
    Venue TBC
  2. December 2nd 2017:
    Venue TBC
  3. January 13th 2018:
    Venue TBC
  4. February 10th 2018:
    Venue TBC

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!).