‘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