Cross Country Season 2017

“Oh, there’s a severe thunderstorm coming, let’s not run today” said no cross country runner ever.


Below are the dates and information regarding the XC season for 2017. The club did very well in the ANI league last year, and hope to repeat this success this year.

The aim is to have at least 16 male and 16 females at each XC event to score maximum points. As someone once said, “Points mean prizes” and “the more, the merrier”. A club night out spending any winnings at the end of XC season is welcomed after all the hard work!

The club tent will be brought to each event to offer some shelter from the elements, as well as warming drinks for afterwards. Baking skills are put to the test with a variety of homemade treats, to recoup any calories lost! Car-pooling from the Sportsplex is normally arranged to save on petrol costs, and to have some fun on the journey! Also, it means up to 4 people get to sleep on the way home.

Of course, there’s always the discussions on what to wear, and really, for XC, anything goes, well, almost anything. Spikes* are recommended for your feet, along with socks. The brighter, the better, so someone said. Avoid white, unless you’ve got a really fab washing machine. Club vest is a must! The yellow and blue vests stand out brightly against the mud and grass, check out the fashion below for some ideas! Finally, don’t forget warm dry clothes for afterwards!

*Specialist Cross Country running shoes, available in all good sports shops, 9mm or 12mm. Don’t get confused with track spikes. Clean after use, otherwise you’ll have ground-in hard mud that’s a nightmare to get off. Better still, get someone else to clean them.

Cross country training sessions will be held on the following dates, meeting at the lower carpark at the side of the Town Hall in Bangor at 11am.

Saturday 21st October


14th October: Comber Cup, Billy Neill Playing Fields, Comber Road, Dundonald

Enter on the day from 11.00am: £8 adult, £3 junior, free P6 & P7

6km: women & M60+ @1.30pm

8km: men up to M60 @2.15pm

Prior to the senior races, junior races take place for P6 & P7 (1km), U 13 & U15 (3km) and U18 (4km)

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28th October: Bobby Rea Memorial races, Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor

Online entry: £6 Click here to enter online

Enter on the day £10

5k: U20, senior and master women, M60 @ 2.45pm

8kk: U20, senior and masters men @ 3.10pm

Prior to these races, age group Championships will take place. Click here for more info


4th November: 83rd McConnell Shield, Six Mile River Park, Ballyclare

Enter on the day £7 adult, £2 junior

3 miles: women and M60+ @1.30pm

5 miles: men up to M60 @ 2.00pm

Prior to the senior races, junior races take place for U14 (1 mile) and U16 (2 miles)

Registration and changing is available at Six Mile Leisure Centre.

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2nd December: Malcolm Cup, Sixmilewater Park, Ballyclare

Enter on the day £5 adult, £2 junior, £1 U11. O65+ free

3 miles: women and vet males @1.15pm

4 miles: men @ 3.00pm

Races are available forU11(0.5 mile), U13 (1 mile), U15 (2 miles) & U17 (2 miles girls, 3 miles boys)

Registration and changing is available at Six Mile Leisure Centre.

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9th December: Mighty Oaks XC, Mid Ulster Sports Arena, Cookstown

Enter on the day

3 miles: women & M60+ @ 2.00pm

4 miles: men up to M60 @ 2.45pm

Prior to the senior races, junior races take place for U11 (800m), U13 (1 mile) U15 (2 miles) U17 (3 miles)


16th December: North West XC, Gransha Park, Derry

11 30am        U12 and Primary Schools          1600 metres

11 40am        U14                                               2500 metres

11 55am        U16                                               3500 metres

Boys and Girls all run together in above races , £1 50 entry fee

12 30pm       Open Race……Male and Female 6K, start together.

Entry fee £7. Top 3 M&F Open Ind prizes, Winners M&F in usual age groups from U20 to 75+ and Team race winners Male-6 to score and Female -4 to score.

All entries taken on the day at race HQ in the U3A Foyle building in Gransha grounds.


6th January: International XC, Greenmount Campus, Antrim

More info to follow


3rd February: Stormont XC

More info to follow


28th January: NI & Ulster Intermediate & Masters XC Championships,

More info to follow. Not part of ANI League


10th February: North Down AC XC Relays, Bangor

More info to follow. Not part of ANI League


24th February: NI & Ulster Senior XC Championships

More info to follow