Sunday Cross Country League 2014-15
For those of you that are new to the club or haven't done cross country before, I'll just give a quick run-down:
- This will be WT's 5th season of running cross country over the winter months.
- We compete in a league of 18 teams, mainly against pure running clubs. However, in the seasons so far we have shown that we more than a match them.
- Over the season there are 5 races, 1 each month from Oct. to Feb.
- The races are over a distance of between 5 - 6 miles.
- The field size is usually more than 300 runners.
- The standard is very hot at the front, but there are plenty of steadier runners behind. Over the seasons WT members have filled the whole range of positions from first to last !
- You can run in one race or you can run all 5, there is no commitment that you have to run the whole series.
- The races are free for you to enter, the club pays a small charge to enter the team for the season.
At the end of the series there are team awards for the top 3 placed teams, and age category awards for the leading individuals in each age group over the series. In previous years WT have done well as a team and as individuals - in the season before last we won a total of 7 trophies !
To be eligible for an individual award you must do at least 4 out of the 5 races.
There are 2 great things about these cross country races, the first is that it fosters great team spirit.
When we first entered the league, one WT member made a remark along the lines of, "If I do cross country I think I deserve some cake afterwards". This resulted in lots of members making cakes for post race celebrations. This is a tradition we have kept too, and the coverted "Golden Whisk" award is presented at each race for the cake that is voted the best. There are other fun awards too.
The second thing is the fitness benefits that cross country running brings. One of our runners competed in all 5 races last season and improved by something like 50 places over the season. He also commented about how his improved aerobic fitness was also helping him in the pool. He went on to have one of his best triathlon season for years this summer. Cross country running is fantastic for building strength, fitness, endurance and stamina.
Here are the dates/venues for the coming season :
- 26 October at Cheshunt (Broxbourne Runners)
- 23 November - Grovelands Park, Southgate (Serpentine RC)
- 7 December - Cassiobury Park, Watford (Watford Joggers)
- 11 January - Trent Park (Trent Park RC)
- 15 February - Royston (Royston Runners)
We meet up and car share to the races.
Matt and Sarah Switzer did a brilliant job of being team captains and general organisers for the past 2 seasons, but now due to their family commitments (as well as their other commitments to the club) are unable to carry on in this role. If you would be interested in helping out in anyway please let me know.
Those of you that have competed for the team in previous years will be kept informed of everything as the season draws closer.
Anyone who is interested in running for the first time please let me know and I'll add your name to the team distribution list. If you want more information please contact me. I can tell you exactly what you need kit you need and every else you will need to know.
Please consider giving it a try. Many of us have bad memories of cross country from school, and for many of our team it was the first time they had done it again since their school days. Now bad memories have been replaced by good ones.
Give yourself a great fitness foundation to build-on for next summer - DO CROSS COUNTRY !
I look forward to WaldenTRI having our most successful and fun-filled season yet !!