Cross country running is a widely practised sport either as a team or individually and incurs a run of between 4 to 12 kilometres over rough grounds, like grass or dirt and can sometimes include some paved areas. It is a fun sport practised by both men and women and normally the weather conditions from autumn through winter are what attracts these races.
Who Can Run Cross Country
Cross country running is for both men and women and is a challenge to see who can run the longest as well as the fastest. These challenges are set up in wooded and open areas and parts of tarmac roads and some even have obstacles to make things more interesting.
If run in teams, the scores are calculated as points, whereas if run as an individual it goes by the finishing time to give the winning result. Although Cross country can be hard work, it is also a lot of fun especially during the rain in winter months and the muddy paths.
Useful Strategies To Consider
Due to the different courses and types of surface you could be running on and the difficulty of the course, uphill or downhill, it is not always the better option to run a steady pace throughout. It is debatable whether a runner will do better if they start off with a fast pace to get ahead early or keep a steady pace to ensure that their race will be run without becoming exhausted too soon.
It is important to choose carefully the food you eat before a race, but most important to train sufficiently leading up to it. Light athletic clothing is most suitable for Cross country and if the race is on muddy terrain, a pair of trainers with spikes especially made for this sport really helps a lot with the grip. If the course has paved areas or dirt tracks, it is recommended to wear rubber soled trainers without any spikes.
Why Cross Country
Cross country running has been an active and very popular sport for many years in schools and for adults. It is very attractive for athletes who like to maintain their training efficiency throughout the winter months and even keen runners who enjoy the outdoors and keeping fit. There are clubs across the country that you can join and have regular training sessions in preparation for your next race whether it be in one of their organised teams or by yourself.