Top 10 Cross Country Running Tips
From first timers to seasoned old hands, we present our Top 10 Tips on how to run cross country…
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Get off the road in training. If there are no parks near you, do some hill work on a treadmill.
- Practise downhill running as much as uphill. You can gain a lot of places on the descent!
- 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.
- 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.
- For serious runners check out the course beforehand for potential bottlenecks and the run into the finish.
- Stay for the tea afterwards. Most clubs organise a spread and its a great way to get to know other runners.
- Have fun!