What is cross country running?

Discussion in 'Cross Country' started by Fresh Start, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. Fresh Start

    Fresh Start Member

    Is it literally running in the countryside or is there more to it than that?
  2. WiltshireWonder

    WiltshireWonder Active Member Staff Member

    My knowledge is biased because I learned about it in the USA but my understanding is that it's a form of off-road running. It's not as gnarly as trail running, surfaces are slightly smoother and they have the odd obstacle (like a bale of hay) or mud to run through. I believe you tend to run it in teams as well as opposed to as an individual. There's a whole CC series, I think. I really fancy having a go at it.

    Anyone know more about it? I feel a little 'vague' here.
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    Fresh Start

    Fresh Start Member

    Thanks. That sounds quite interesting. Not something I can see myself ever doing, but there is more to this running lark than meets the eye when you start delving into it. :smile:
  4. WiltshireWonder

    WiltshireWonder Active Member Staff Member

    I think it would be really fun! Apparently it's very muddy.
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  5. classic33

    classic33 Regular Member

  6. classic33

    classic33 Regular Member

    You're not bothered about a bit of mud?
  7. amasidlover

    amasidlover Active Member

    Had a chat last night with a cross-country runner - it is quite different to fell racing (which I do quite a bit of).

    You have to be in a UKA affiliated club and you run for your club - because of this it generally only attracts fairly faster runners (apparently to get into the top half you have to be running sub-40 minutes for 10km IN THE MUD!!)

    Its generally done in a relatively small area and round a twisty course over a number of laps; because of this the course gets churned up and very muddy.

    But apparently its lots of fun, there are junior races too and its free (but you've got to be a paid-up member of a UKA club).

    I plan to have a go next winter!
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