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Team pictures from the Cross Country runners at Burnden Road Runners

If you haven’t tried Cross Country

 Want to Experience the unknown

Are you in your Comfort zone?

Let’s Improve together

What can Cross Country do for me

If you want to improve as a runner, keep running injury free and be race ready for the new season ahead. Welcome to Cross Country 

  • Cross Country is a great way to carry on your training through the winter months

  • Cross Country strengthens the legs and core muscles you never knew you had

  • Cross Country gives you the confidence and belief to run on different terrain

  • Cross Country is a great way to supplement your road running

  • Cross Country can relieve your Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) depression

Here is some information to let you know which leagues we take part on, how to enter and score level on how I and some internet blogs have perceived  the effort involved for each event. Hopefully this can give you an idea of what to expect. But then again you might want to try the event for yourself and let me know how you score the event. We can update the score levels to help your fellow runners.

League Cross Country

Burnden take part in the following Cross Country leagues which run between October and March every year.  

The entrance fee into the league covers all races. This is excellent value for money even if you only take part in one event.  

Each event is a marked course and well marshalled. 

We always try and put a few mens and ladies team together for each event.

You do not have to do all the events in the series but if you are in with a shout of an age category prize then you must at least have entered 3 of the 4 races.

Cross Country is open to all abilities where you will see the majority of the Northwest running clubs taking part. You will see all standards of runners taking part in Cross Country from veterans, to newcomers to competitive runners wanting to do their best or beat their teammates. They all have two things in common with the aim to enjoy themselves first and secondly to get fitter and stronger for next season.

 See the individual League names for more a detailed league format (see tabs above)

If you are still reading. First of all well done I think you are seriously considering putting your name down for at least one Cross Country event in the winter calendar.   

So dig out your cross country spikes or trail shoes it’s time to get them dirty.

What you will need to bring

Trail, fell shoes  or cross country spikes



Warm gloves


Change of warm clothes

Burnden Vest with race number


You will also have the opportunity to put on the Burnden Vest for the following Championship Events.  These events normally require teams of 6 for men and 4 for ladies to make up 1 team. We encourage all newcomers and more experienced runners to take part in one of these events as the events are are great way to get to know your fellow members in a social environment and experience what it is like to run with 300 plus other runners of all abilities and ages.

  • National Cross Country Championships   

  • Northern Cross Country Championships

  • Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships

  • British Masters Open Cross Country Relay Championships

Directions to events

see websites




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