Female M45 Bronze medal team.
As we're heading in to Cross Country season here's a bit of an update to anyone new to the club or just new to Cross Country to know a bit more about it from our Cross Country club secretary Pete McNally.
Hello, my name is Pete McNally and I am the Redhill Cross Country Secretary and together with our Summer League Secretary Clive Greyson we are responsible for men’s cross country at Redhill. The club is looking for a ladies’ XC secretary, and hopefully the information below will tempt one of you!
To begin this write up of the forthcoming cross country season I wanted first to outline 10 key reasons to encourage all Redhill members to take part in cross country.
It’s completely FREE; there are some clubs that ask their members to pay to run!
It is competitive, but fun.
It will do wonders for your strength and endurance and may help you get your parkrun/10K PB.
It takes you off the road so might feel easier on your joints.
It’s great for mental health to be running through trees, grass and mud.
It’s a great way to help build Redhill team spirit, the more runners the better.
It’s a real achievement to conquer the hills and mud and cold.
It’s great to forget about your watch, all runs are totally different even on the same course and what minute miles you do or what time you do is totally irrelevant, you could leave your Garmin at home.
The races include all kinds of runners, fast, slow, old and young, men and women.
Lots of spectators will shout “go on Redhill” as you go past them.
Sounds interesting to you? See below
So this Cross Country mallarkey sounds good, right?
Here's some more cross country information from Pete.
So if you're wondering when do Redhill get involved in Cross Country and what you need to do next if you're interested - keep reading!
Redhill Road Runners take part in two Cross Country Leagues. The North Midlands League takes place on a Saturday afternoon and the East Midlands League takes place on a Sunday Morning.
The dates and venues for the North Midlands League have already been published and these are:
* Saturday 16th October at Markeaton Park, Derby
* Saturday 13th November at Wickstead Park, Kettering `
* Saturday 4th December at Shipley Park, Heanor
* Saturday 15th January 2022 at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield
Start times on all these races are 1.50 pm for ladies and 2.20 pm for men. Men run 10km and the women run 6km.
All runners must wear their club colours and only 'first claim' members can run for Redhill in North Midlands events.
The East Midlands dates and venues are not yet published. This League attracts runners from Derby and Nottingham mainly and generally their courses can be a little more challenging, a little more mud and water and hills. Men and Women begin this race together and women will complete one lap and men two laps of an approximate 5K course.
So what are the details? What do I need to run and what should I know before agreeing to it?
There might be mud!
Markeaton is normally a really good introduction to cross country. It’s quite firm and you could complete this race in ordinary trainers. After Markeaton its safer and easier to run in good trail shoes or spikes. Don’t be put off from wearing spikes, they make running in mud like a dream! But don’t feel you have to wear spikes; some club members (e.g. Dave Walsh) only splashed out on their first pair of spikes after 20-odd years of cross country running! The Derby Runner normally sets itself up at the North Midlands events and sells some very reasonably priced (and comfortable) spikes. The North Midlands events usually attract some very fast runners at the front of the field, from all over the Midlands. However, all runners are welcome, and the North Midlands courses are well designed for runners of all abilities and ages.
As stated before, all runners must wear their club colours and only 'first claim' members can run for Redhill in North Midlands events.
In addition to the leagues mentioned in earlier posts there are a number of other Cross-Country events throughout the winter, including:
Midland Area XC Relays - Sat 23rd October 2021 - No venue yet.
British Masters XC Relays – Sat 30 October 2021 – at Long Eaton (must be over 35 + to enter)
ECCA XC Relays - Sat 6th November 2021 - Mansfield
Midland 5 & 7 XC - Sat 20th November 2021 – Nottingham? – The women run 5 miles and the men run 7 miles – In the past this has been held at Bulwell Park
Area XC County Champs - Sat 8th January 2022 - Mansfield
Midland XC Champs - Sat 29th January 2022 - Mansfield
National XC - Sat 26th February 2022 - Parliament Hill (London) – this is more of an experience rather than a race, to be part of a thousand strong field charging up that first hill at Parliament Hill is not to be missed. One thing that is guaranteed at the National will be some mud.
So if you're interested then please do get in touch with Pete McNally and Clive Greyson who will coordinate the men’s teams at these events. The club is also URGENTLY needing a volunteer to coordinate the women's side for the events too.
If you have any questions about any of the information, please feel free to email either Pete or Clive or speak to them when we can finally get back together as a full running club.
Pete – email@example.com
Clive - firstname.lastname@example.org