Top 10 Cross Country Running Tips

By Bill Byrne. Posted: June 26, 2014

From first timers to seasoned old hands, we present our Top 10 Tips on how to run cross country…

  1. The easiest way to get into x-country is to join a local running club. Most RCs enter x-country leagues and will be delighted for you to join in.
  2. Make sure you have some good studs. We like Innov-8 or Walsh. You shouldn't need spikes unless you're planning to win or there's been torrential rain!
  3. Don't overdress. It might be chilly when you start but you'll soon warm up. We recommend nothing more than shorts, a vest and gloves.
  4. Get off the road in training. If there are no parks near you, do some hill work on a treadmill.
  5. Practise downhill running as much as uphill. You can gain a lot of places on the descent!
  6. Times don't matter but position does, so do some drills to improve your sprint finish It's amazing how many places you can gain in the last 100 metres.
  7. As in all races don't start too quickly, settle and control your breathing. There will be plenty of opportunities to pass people later in the race.
  8. For serious runners check out the course beforehand for potential bottlenecks and the run into the finish.
  9. Stay for the tea afterwards. Most clubs organise a spread and its a great way to get to know other runners.
  10. Have fun!


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