Category Archives: Cross Country


The start of a new cross country season is fast approaching with the first of four fixtures being on Saturday, 12 October.
The Ladies are at Priory Park, Reigate and the Men at Richmond Park. The first fixture is also Grand Prix Event 5.

The cross country events are a highlight of the club’s running calendar as they are a great opportunity to get out and run with other club members as a team.

All members are encouraged to take part in the Surrey XC league.
We welcome runners of all standards to these events

The events are free for 26.2 members but we do need to register  runners beforehand so please let us know if are interested.

Full fixture list:

Surrey XC League contacts: 
Men:     Paul Keddie                 Men’s facebook group
Ladies: Maria Cenalmor       Ladies’ facebook group


Calling all 26.2 RRC ladies

The last Cross Country Surrey League race of the season is taking place this Saturday (2 March) at Lloyd Park in Croydon at 11am. The course is 5miles (two laps). All welcome.

If you are interested to run or have any questions, just get in touch with Maria Cenalmor (via email). You can also join the XC facebook groups, details are available when logged in to the XC page or below.

All information available about this event can be found via this link, including a map of the course: Ladies XC – Lloyd Park

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Happy running!

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Change of Time for Men’s XC

Please note the time of the Men’s Cross Country has changed to 12:30pm! (9th Feb, Lloyd Park, Croydon more details here)

Can we keep the numbers up for the last XC of the season? Can the A team wrestle back 5th place? Can the B team get back to the heady 2nd place seen earlier in the season?

Again, 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 or via email:
crosscountry[at][dot]uk (Ladies can contact Maria or Ann via the same email address)

Hope to see lots of you there!

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.

Surrey and Southern XC Championships – last call

This Sunday, 16 December is the last chance to sign up for the Surrey or Southern Cross-Country championships.  See details and link to sign up in 6 December post below.

So far we have 5 men at each (6 to score) and no women (4 to score)!  It would be great to have 2 more men, because if I have to score, we are in trouble!

It would be better still to have a women’s team as well – come along ladies.

Surrey & Southern XC Championships – Sign up!

As previously posted, we hope to enter men’s and women’s teams in the following major cross-country championships:

Saturday 5th January – Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park, Croydon

  • 11.45  Senior women 8km – 4 to score
  • 13.45  Senior men 12km – 6 to score

Saturday 26th January – South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill

  • 14.05  Senior women 8km – 4 to score
  • 14:50  Senior men 15km – 6 to score

Distances are approximate.

These are probably events for our faster members as they attract the very best cross-country runners from Surrey and the South of England respectively and time cut-offs apply.

Competitors must have been born, or live, in Surrey or the South of England respectively, be paid up members of England Athletics and be first claim 26.2.  Club vests must be worn.

If you would like to run in either or both, please sign up below by 16 December.  You will need your EA number.

>>> XC Championships Sign Up! <<<

Hoping for a strong team to beat last year’s performances!


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)

XC sign ups – Volunteer to host ladies event and run London championships

We have two cross country events that we are looking for members to take part in. The first is a very important call for volunteers to help host the next ladies XC event on 10th November in Nonsuch park. We then have the London XC championships on 17th November at Parliament hill. 

>>> Volunteer for ladies XC here <<<

>> Sign-up for London XC championships here <<<

More details follow…

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Your Cross Country team needs you!

The cross country season is about to start! Please make sure you have the dates below in your diary! Cross country is open to everyone, so give it a try! 
The club competes in the Cross Country Surrey League. Ladies are in division two and men are in division four, and they run in different locations. The ladies times vary depending on the event. 
If you are interested or need more information, please ask Maria Cenalmor at secretary [ at ] [ dot ] uk or Mark Cannings. Both are normally at the club on Mondays. If you have access to Facebook, both Mark and Maria will also be glad to add you to the Cross Country Facebook messenger group. 
Finally, 26.2 RRC is hosting the ladies cross country match on 10 November. If you are not planning to run, please volunteer to help. 
The dates for Cross Country Surrey League are:
Saturday, October 13th:

Men: Roundshaw (Croydon Airport),  3pm, hosts Collingwood and Tamworth.
Ladies: Putney Vale, 1pm, hosts Thames Hare & Hounds.

Saturday, November 10th:

Men: Epsom Downs 3pm,  hosts West 4 Harriers, Epsom Oddballs, Holland Sports and Vets AC.
Ladies: Nonsuch Park, Cheam, 11am, hosts 26.2 RRC.
Saturday,  January 12th:

Men: Oxshott Woods, 2.30pm, hosts Elmbridge.
Ladies: Happy Valley, Coulson, 1pm, hosts South London Harriers.

Saturday, February 9th:

Men: Lloyd Park, Croydon 12.30pm, hosts Vets AC and Holland Sports.
Ladies: Richmond Park, Kingston end, 11am, hosts Kingston Poly and Fulham RC.
Ladies from the 26.2 RRC Cross Country team during a previous season