The Beginner’s Guide To Cross-Country Running
Hands up who loved cross-country running at school? Anyone? Well, never mind, we’re adults now and there’s lots of stuff we didn’t like as kids that we now recognise as excellent, like olives and alcohol.
Cross-country running is another one of those things, even if many keen runners steer clear of it, restricting their autumn and winter running to the roads as soon as heading off-road starts to get a little sticky.
Sure, cross-country races might occasionally involve tackling lake-sized puddles and mile-long bogs, but that’s all part of the fun. For more information about how and why you should get involved this season, we spoke to Rob Wilson, head of marketing at premium running clobber company SOAR Running and cross-country captain at Highgate Harriers running club.
It’s cold, wet and usually very muddy. So what makes cross-country running fun?
It’s pure. There’s not the stress that comes with racing over fixed distances and chasing times or PBs. It’s just back-to-basics racing with no other goal than to beat as many people to the finish line as possible. What’s more, there’s a huge...