About The Cross Country Running League
Welcome To The Thames Valley Cross Country League Website.
The Thames Valley Cross Country League is based around 8 races held from October to February each year. The winners and runners-up attend the national finals in April.
Events are held on Sundays with an 11:00 AM start time - each course is usually a mixture of woodland trails and parkland and is normally about 5 miles in length.
Originally sponsored by Today's Runner magazine, the original idea was that racing in the league should encourage friendly competition and ensure that everyone is able to participate in and enjoy the events. Although no longer sponsored by the magazine, the original spirit of the league is still stands.
Men and women teams compete in the same race with the first 6 men and first 3 women from each club scoring points. All abilities take part and even non-scorers can affect the result by getting ahead of scorers from other clubs, as the points are calculated based on overall race position of the scoring runner. To promote club spirit, club colours must be worn by any runner to score, and there must be a given number of veterans in the team. See the rules page for full details.
Race entry costs £2 per runner and includes post-race refreshments. Some clubs opt to pay the entry fees for their runners, you will need to check with your club about their specific policy.
To find out more information on the clubs taking part in The League this year, check out the clubs page.
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