Cross Country

Introduction

Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers take part in two cross country leagues over the winter months, All fixtures below;

Saturdays;
  • Liverpool & District League (L&D)
Sundays (10am);
  • North West Cross Country League (NWCCL)

Due to limited L&D fixtures in 2021/22, SBH will also be able to compete at Mid Lancs on a race by race basis, see coach Dan for entries.

The concept of the leagues is to provide cross country races over the winter, encourage participation and provide sociable environments for runners, of all abilities. We actively encourage all members to try at least one cross country race each season.
Many clubs of all sizes from Merseyside/Cheshire and Lancashire take part in the leagues and compete to be winners at the end of the season.

SBH ladies are reigning champions of NWCCL 💛🖤
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Benefits

Cross country is a great way of staying focused and race fit over the winter months, proving to also be great fun.  Cross-country strengthens the legs and core muscles, develops the ability to run on varied terrain and builds mental resilience from the varying conditions that the British climate likes to provide in great wealth. The runner who is experienced in cross-country is more robust, more versatile and less likely to be thrown by a sudden change in the weather – an event surprisingly common in major championships in the UK.
 
The cross-country season provides tough physical training, working over a wide range of speeds, inclines, and on occasions, depths, without the damaging effects of cumulative impacts found in solitary track or road training.

Races

In the L&D league there are two races this season, where each will be a championship event, one to honor last years covid cancelled event, and one for the coming season.
In the NWCCL there are 6 cross country fixtures over the winter, all the courses are off-road and suitable to be run in running spikes. The courses are between 4 ½ and 5 miles in length and take place over grass, mud, dirt trails, hills, etc.

Every NWCCL fixture is followed by refreshments supplied by the Host club. The results of the race are usually announced then.
The Mid Lancs league has six races where clubs aim to field teams in at least 4 of the 6 races and also incorporates junior divisions (from u11's at midday) prior to the senior races with Women (6k at 1:30pm) and Men (9-10k at 2:15pm).

 
This season’s events are:

North West Cross Country League

Where

When

Host

Postcode

November 7th

Beacon Park, Skelmersdale

Skelmersdale BH

WN8 7RU

December 19th

Arrowe Park, Wirral

Pensby Runners

CH49 1SX

Additional fixtures awaiting host confirmations

Liverpool & District Cross Country

Where

When

Host

Postcode

Saturday

November 27th

Sefton Park, Liverpool

British Athletics Cross Challenge

Aigburth Dr, L17 1AP

Sunday

February 19th

Clarke Gardens

L&D Championship

L25 9NN

Mid-Lancs Cross Country League

When

Where

Host

Postcode

October 9th

Towneley Park, Burnley

Trawden AC

BB11 3RQ

October 30th

Wilson Playing Fields, Hyndburn

Clayton Le Moors Harriers

BB5 5SF

November 27th

Sefton Park, Liverpool

British Athletics

L17 1AP

January 15th

Lawsons Ground, Blackpool

Blackpool AC

FY3 9RB

February 12th

Leigh Sports Village

Leigh Harriers & AC

WN7 4JY

March 12th

Burnley *provisional

TBC

TBC

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