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Men’s XC Match 3: Oxshott Woods 12th Jan

Less than a week to the next Surrey League Men’s Cross-Country match, Saturday 12th Jan, 2:30pm Oxshott Woods (Start is 1 minute walk from Oxshott National rail station Car Park KT22 0TA, £4 for parking – free parking is available elsewhere).

Surrey League XC is open to all (men will need to be able to run 5 miles), you just need to wear a club top and have a number. Those who have run already this season, don’t forget to bring your number. Those who haven’t, please let me (Mark Cannings) know, at club, via facebook and now also via email:

Last match saw a record turnout and a sea of blurple can we repeat that?

* Please note Ladies XC match 3 has been postponed until March.

A Record Turnout at Men’s XC

Well done to everyone taking part at the men’s cross country yesterday both runners and support crew. So many great pictures and as always great cakes (thanks Ann).

At the start I knew we had a good turnout as I was surrounded by a sea of blurple. 34 men ran! (I believe) that is a new club record! It was also great that we had 6 men new to the XC team (although technically, one is someone returning from a long absence). Welcome Howell Jones, Matthew Cook, Harry Kim, Craig Bowdery, David Maher (welcome back) and Samuel Vassall (don’t forget to keep your number safe for the next XC match).

Our A Team was 5th and B Team was 2nd (amongst B Teams). A full set of results can be found here

Look forward to seeing you all, and some more new people!, at the next XC match – 3pm, 12th Jan Oxshott.

Men’s XC Match 2 – 10th Nov. 3pm Epsom Downs

In the first Surrey League cross country match we had 26 runners. Not quite 26.2 but the largest turnout of any club in division three. 5 runners (Tim B, Lorenzo, Dmitry, Graeme and James W) took part from the club who had never run in the league before. Our A Team got a credible 5th place (at the end of last year we were 6th) AND our newly discovered B Team got an impressive 2nd place (out of all other B Teams).

The next XC match is a week on Saturday (more detail here), is it possible for us to improve on any of the above? If you are interested in taking part please let me (Mark Cannings) know. I will be around at track and club or can be contacted via Facebook. Cross country is open to everyone in the club (it is only around 5 miles for men, albeit a more challenging 5 miles than on the road).

Finally, can I encourage men running in the cross country to also volunteer (part of event) at the Ladies XC. The club is hosting the Ladies XC match at Nonsuch on the same day. It is possible to help out there and run in the men’s match. I feel that it is important for us to support the league (sign up here)