News Itís Never Too Late to Take up Cross Country Itís Never Too Late to Take up Cross Country


Report by Ian Lockyer
2017-02-21 20:21:22

Itís Never Too Late to Take up Cross Country

If you are probably like me, you probably hated cross country when you were at school.  Most of the time, I was trying to figure out a way of getting out of running in the cold.  I mean, what’s fun about running around a field in the middle of Winter with nothing more than a thin vest and shorts.

However, and this is a big however, times change and so do people and I had an epiphany at the age of 47.  I actually had a go at Cross country and in my first full season, I can truly declare that 'I love cross country'.

I run with a great club called Thanet Roadrunners.  A friendly club that caters for all ages and abilities.  My club, as well as other great running clubs across Kent, take part in the Kent Fitness League.  This is a series of cross country races that take part across the county.  The events are hosted and marshalled by each of the clubs taking part.  This ensures that they are well organised and there is a huge amount of encouragement for all the runners.  I am very fortunate that my club pays for the nominal entry fee which is very much appreciated.

Like other clubs, I expect, there is a great camaraderie among the teams.  It is a very social activity with lots of car sharing, cake making for afters as well as the actual fun of taking part. 

Another thing I have noticed is that my running has improved as a result of taking part in cross country…it really does build up your strength.  Running on tarmac the following Monday is a synch after traipsing around in the mud the previous day.

The events take place in contrasting but beautiful countryside across the county….it’s a great way to see what this county has to offer.  Each venue also provides unique obstacles such as the deep dykes in Minnis Bay or the water jump at Istead.  However, one of the best experience I have had is being lined up in silence at Swanley Park on Remembrance  Sunday…so emotional…you couldn’t hear a pin drop.

The runs are for everyone…no matter what your age or ability.  You will find a huge amount of encouragement and goodwill from all those taking part.

I would encourage any club runner to give cross country a go.  It really is great fun splashing in the puddles and competing against like-minded nutters.

Go on, give it a go this year.  Speak to Claire Greenway or Richard Purton our club captains for more details!

Article by Ian Lockyer


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