In the winter months Guildford and Godalming male and female athletes have the opportunity to compete in either or both of 2 local Cross-Country leagues.
The Surrey Mens Cross-Country League consists of 4 events/races against other athletics and running clubs. The fixtures are on Saturdays and contain races for all age groups from U13’s up to U20’s, and Senior Men. A club can enter as many runners as they wish and in the Senior Mens's race there are usually over 150 runners. Each event is hosted by a participating Club on a cyclic basis at such venues as Richmond Park and Newlands Corner. At the end of each season the club enters teams in the Surrey, Southern and National Championships.
The Surrey Ladies Cross-Country League consists of 4 events/races against other athletics clubs and running clubs. The fixtures are on Saturdays and contain races for all age groups from U13’s up to U20’s, and Senior Women. A club can enter as many runners as they wish and in the Senior Women’s race there are usually over 300 runners. Each event is hosted by a participating Club on a cyclic basis at such venues as Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common. After the 4 events individual medals and team trophies are awarded to the successful runners.
The Border X-Country League contains races for U11’s up to and including U15’s.
Boys and girls compete in separate races and this league is aimed at ‘non-county standard athletes’, though athletes who have already represented their county can compete as ’guest runners’. Schools and other local athletics clubs again can enter as many runners as they wish over the 4 events which are held on Sunday mornings throughout the winter with medals and trophies being awarded after the 4th event.
Guildford and Godalming invariably host one of the 4 events at Stoke Park opposite the Spectrum.
The Club also encourage their athletes to compete in other events such as the Surrey County Relay Championships, which is also hosted by the Club on Stoke Park, the Cross-Country County Championships in early January and other Open events such as the Camberley Open and the Holly Run at Reigate. Some of our athletes go on to represent their County at other national events.
X-Country training for the younger age groups is incorporated in the regular Tuesday and Thursday training sessions . There are also opportunities for the adult athletes to also train on these days and on Sunday mornings.