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.
To take part in the Gloucestershire league, you can just turn up on the day. For the Midlands Women’s League and Birmingham Men’s League, get in touch with the cross country team captains to pre-register.
|14th October 2017||Men and Women||Gloucestershire||Blackbridge, Gloucester|
|4th November 2017||Men and Women||Gloucestershire||Charlton Park, Malmesbury|
|11th November 2017||Men||Birmingham Division 2||Venue TBC (Telford AC)|
|11th November 2017||Women||Midlands||Coundon Park, Coventry (Northbrook AC)|
|2nd December 2017||Men||Birmingham Division 2||Welcombe Hills, Stratford-upon-Avon (Stratford AC)|
|2nd December 2017||Women||Midlands||Welcombe Hills, Stratford-upon-Avon (Stratford AC)|
|10th December 2017||Men and Women||Gloucestershire||Wotton Under Edge|
|7th January 2018||Men and Women||County Championships||Newbold Comyn, Leamington Spa|
|13th January 2018||Men||Birmingham Division 2||Cofton Park, Birmingham (Kings Heath RC)|
|13th January 2018||Women||Midlands||Cofton Park, Birmingham (Kings Heath RC)|
|10th February 2018||Men||Birmingham Division 2||Venue TBC (CLC Striders)|
|10th February 2018||Women||Midlands||Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton (Wolves & Bilston AC)|
|17th February 2018||Men and Women||Gloucestershire||Venue TBC (Cheltenham)|
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.
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!).