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


Date League Cost Host Club Venue
14th October 2017 Gloucestershire (Men and Women) £4 Blackbridge, Gloucester
4th November 2017 Gloucestershire (Men and Women) £4 Charlton Park, Malmesbury
11th November 2017 Birmingham Division 2 (Men) Telford AC TBC
11th November 2017 Midlands (Women) Northbrook AC Coundon Park, Coventry
2nd December 2017 Birmingham Division 2 (Men) Stratford AC Welcombe Hills, Stratford-upon-Avon
2nd December 2017 Midlands (Women) Stratford AC Welcombe Hills, Stratford-upon-Avon
10th December 2017 Gloucestershire (Men and Women) £4 Katherine Lady Berkeley Sports Centre
Wotton Under Edge
7th January 2018 Worcestershire County Championships £6 Newbold Comyn, Leamington Spa
13th January 2018 Birmingham Division 2 (Men) Kings Heath RC Cofton Park, Birmingham
13th January 2018 Midlands (Women) Kings Heath RC Cofton Park, Birmingham
10th February 2018 Birmingham Division 2 (Men) CLC Striders TBC
10th February 2018 Midlands (Women) Wolves & Bilston AC Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton
17th February 2018 Gloucestershire (Men and Women) £4 TBC (Cheltenham)
Cross country team Cheltenham 2013
Cross country team Cheltenham 2013
Cross country team Cheltenham 2013
Cross country team at Droitwich 2014
Cross country team at Droitwich 2014
Cross country team Cheltenham 2013

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!).