‘Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads’

What is Cross Country Running?

Cross Country racing is for everyone. By definition it is a ‘race over natural terrain including, grass, mud, trails’ It can be challenging but it is an excellent form of training and accomplishment.

Why do it?

Quite simply it is the training of champions! It has so many physical and mental benefits and above all is fun. There is no doubt that by running cross country you will improve all other aspects of your running.

  • Increase Power
  • Skill development (tactical, technique etc),
  • Less stress in ligaments and joints
  • Builds lower leg strength
  • Improves Team spirit and camaraderie
  • Builds Endurance
  • Builds core strength
  • Improves Speed Endurance
  • Relives Stress
  • Increase of CV and pulmonary development
  • Become a more robust and versatile runner
  • Boosts Confidence
  • Benefits of cross country include:

As well as the above it is FUN and you can achieve so much, whether it’s tackling a hill without stopping, finishing the race or gaining a top ten finish, the feeling you have when you cross that finish line is amazing.

What you need?

Equipment you will need is pretty much the same as winter road running with a couple of additions

  • Off road trainers – these are trainers that offer more support and grip then standard trainers. We recommend that you purchase these. Off road trainers are brilliant for trail running as well.

  • Spikes are optional – these will help with grip but are not suitable for races with tarmac sections. If buying make sure that you get cross country spikes and not Javelin throwers spikes!!

  • Hat and gloves

  • Towel and change of clothes and trainers

  • Black sack for all your muddy gear

Cross Country – All it takes is all you got

Kent Cross Country Diary of events

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Kent Cross country League

Saturday Afternoon

The Saturday cross country league is zooming up on us.  There are going to be a few changes in how the league runs.  Chipped bib timing will be used at all 5 meetings which has necessitated an increase in the annual fee per athlete from £4.00 to £6.00.  Larkfield will pay this fee for you, but if we pay it you will be expected to take part in the races.

This is a competitive cross country league which consists of a series of cross country races for athletes of all abilities .

It is a competitive league and it’s a good challenge and is a great strength builder for the spring and summer.

The races in the league are listed below and the start times for (please note that for Race 3 there is no senior women or Male vet 70, and Race 4 there is no senior/vet men), female and Male Vet 70 race over 5000m Males race over 10000m.

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Kent Fitness League

Sunday Mornings

This is a cross country league which consists of a series of cross country races for non-elite athletes, ie sub 34 minutes 10k for men or sub 38 minutes 10k for women athletes should not be racing.

The 2018/19 season starts in late October, and the race schedule is shown below.

The races start at 11am and are approximately 8KM.

You must wear your club vest (under tops of course can be worn)

For race location directions, full results, reports and the latest standings please visit the Kent Fitness League page or the diary below:

April 2019
Apr 25 2019


Larkfield Leisure Centre
May 2019
May 02 2019


Larkfield Leisure Centre
May 09 2019


Larkfield Leisure Centre
May 16 2019


Larkfield Leisure Centre
May 23 2019


Larkfield Leisure Centre
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Its not as daunting as you think.