Your Cross Country Guide


It’s almost time for the best part of the year! XC.

 Cross Country and buying spikes can be a bit daunting so here is your guide:

What do I need?
6 Spikes – Don’t go for a pair of spikes with only 4 spaces for spikes. They’re fine for softie-USA courses but won’t be much use in the UK in Feb.

Can I run in road/trail shoes?
Mostly, no. I mean you can, but you’ll fall over lots. Get some spikes, they look cool, make your feet (at least) look like a professional and feel >>>FAST>>>.

How much should I spend?
£20-£50 is usually ok.

Where to shop?
Helix and Real Buzz Solihull obvs. Don’t forget your discounts!
Also we love Start Fitness for an excellent range of spikes.

What Brands Should I Trust?
Don’t bother with Nike. Their XC spikes are usually built for USA courses.
Adidas, Brooks, Saucony should all be good to go for a UK XC Course.

What if i’m not super fast? 
It doesn’t matter! XC makes you STRONG LIKE OX. You’ll be a much better runner in Spring if you run the XC meets. There is a reason ALL the great athletes come from a XC background. Coe? Gebreselassie? Mo? Ron Hill? Radcliffe? Bedford? O’Sullivan? Kipchoge? All ran XC.

How much is it?
FREE! We pay for your entries for League races, Warwickshire, Midlands and National Races. It’s all included in your £35 per yr membership.

We like Bondage!
Sorry, I mean Bonding. XC is the best way for club members to bond. You form special bonds in the fields. It’s the Dunkirk spirit.

What about the Women’s Team?
We have our strongest Women’s team ever. But that shouldn’t rule out anyone, of any standard. Yes. We want to win races. But we also want to make you a better runner. Women of all standards have been flocking to XC leagues up and down the country. We want K&D women to experience the thrill, fun and silliness. Time to see why and pack out the team. Nobody is too slow for XC.  Women – Email  if you want to run the League races. If you want to run the Warwickshire/Midlands or National’s we’ll be posting about those later on… 

And the Men?
Relegation from Div. 1 was disappointing. But we put up a strong battle. This year our targets are two-fold:
1) Challenge for the title. We’re stronger now than when we got promoted. Torsten & Chris have set ambitious targets for us to really put down a marker and try to bring home a title.  
2) But Div. 2 is also more fun. We know numbers dropped off because lets face it, getting smashed by 100 19yr old’s in Div. 1 is a bit grinding if you aren’t Sharpey at the front. Div. 2 is way more social and welcoming to runners of all abilities. We want to be fielding 30 men for every race this year. Men – Email  if you want to run the League races. If you want to run the Warwickshire/Midlands or National’s we’ll be posting about those later on… 

Is there Beer?
Yes. After every league race we reconvene in the Drum & Monkey for beers and laughing at Rich Dixon spending every race calling Greg Turner ‘Gary’. Women get to drink a Lavender and Peppermint tea. Apart from Monica who downs Guiness (other drinks are available).

What about Day Trips?
You get to see lovely places like Cheltenham, Leamington, Stratford, Gloucester. We meet about 12 usually on a Sat and get home about 5pm.

And new this year we’ll be looking to schedule a minibus/coach to take as many athletes as we can to Leeds for The National. The best race of the year. Every year. Across all running events. 

Sat 10th Nov – Men’s & Women’s – League Fixture 1: Worcester/Coventry
Sat 1st  Dec – Men’s & Women’s – League Fixture 2: Stratford (Both)
Sat 5th Jan – Warwickshire XC Champs: Rugby
Sat 12th Jan – Men’s & Women’s – League Fixture 3: Leamington/Droitwich
Sat 26th Jan – Midlands XC Champs: Leamington
Sat 9th Feb –  Men’s & Women’s – League Fixture 4: Trentham/Gloucester
Sat 23rd Feb – The National XC Champs: Harewood House, Leeds

In the words of S Club 7: “There ain’t no party like a XC Party!”