[Cross country can be fun]

What is Cross Country?

Cross Country is long distance running over varied surfaces, such as grass. It will probably also involve running on uneven ground and hills, with the possibility of getting very muddy in wet weather. Cross Country running is usually done in the winter months.

How do I get involved?

Most primary/junior schools, and some secondary schools within the Mendip area now offer Cross Country running - just ask your PE teacher. You can also go along to your local club - Mendip Athletic Club - who have a large junior running section which does cross country running throughout the year.

Are there any races I can do?

Yes!! There is a Mendip Area Junior Schools League, which has four races throughout the winter. Your school has probably been invited - so ask your PE teacher if you can go along. For older children (school year 7 and upwards) there are a number of secondary schools races that take place in January and February. Also your local club - Wells City Harriers - send teams to compete in a number of Cross Country leagues which have races for Under 11's through to men and women. Distances start at 800m to a mile for Under 11's and increase to three miles for under 15 boys. Girls rarely run more than two miles. For a complete list of events click HERE.

What kit do I need?

As Cross Country takes place outdoors, usually in the winter, you should make sure you have something WARM and WATERPROOF. For running races you will probably be more comfortable in SHORTS and a T-SHIRT. Although ordinary TRAINERS are ok in the dry, you may find FOOTBALL or HOCKEY BOOTS give you more grip in the wet. If you are running on grass you can also wear SPIKES for extra grip and speed. Don't forget to bring something to drink as you will probably get thirsty with all that running about!