The cross-country season runs from October to March. Cross-country races are not elite and suitable for runners of all ability. They are an excellent way to improve overall fitness with the soft and undulating terrain providing good strength and endurance which provides benefits in other races and training.
We take part in the Surrey League, which despite its name is mainly in South London, and is the club's main priority. There are four fixtures each year with promotion and relegation! More information can be found on the above hyperlink.
We also have an annual cross-country club championships, covering the Surrey League races, important local races and a cross-country flavoured parkrun. More details are on the club championship page.
We also take part in mixed stand-alone events such as the South of Thames Cross Country Association 5 mile and 7.5 mile races. This year Dulwich Runners is helping to organise the 7.5 Mile Race in nearby Beckenham Place Park.
Individual runners are also encouraged to take part in County (Surrey and Kent), masters, relays, regional and national championships whilst representing the Club.
Outside of the main cross-country season we also take part in popular races such as the Green Belt Relay where 50 teams of 11 over 2 days circle London over 22 stages of between 6.5 miles and 13.5 miles.
We also try and find a good pub after each race for a well earned drink!
The women's races start at 6km early in the season increasing to 8km in the new year. The men's races are generally around the 8km mark.
Early season races are suitable for road and trail shoes, with runners moving on to cross-country spikes (these are relatively inexpensive compared to other running trainers) from November as things get more muddy and slippery!
The first 5 women score for the club and the first 10 men qualify for the scoring team so it is important that as many runners turn out as possible.
Our Ladies team are in Surrey League Division 1 and our Men in Surrey League Division 2.
The Surrey League is free for all members! Also with Start Fitness sponsoring the events, members of Dulwich Runners are able to get a 10% discount at Start Fitness.
There are a number of other cross-country races almost all of which take part on Saturdays.
Races include the County Championships (Kent and Surrey depending on birth place and / or residence) including Masters, London Championships, two South of Thames races, South of England and National Championships.
There are also a number of other races for Masters.
Our weekly newsletter "Shorts" via email / Facebook provides the latest news on events, advance entries, dates and times.
Our current fixture card is shown below. More details about entering races for members can be found in the enclosed PDF.
2018 / 19 Fixtures
13 - Surrey League 1 - Richmond Park, Petersham (Men) / Wimbledon Common (Women) (XC Champs 1)
20 - Surrey Masters Cross Country Champs - Richmond Park
20 - SEAA Cross Country Relays - Wormwood Scrubs
27 - BMAF Cross Country Relays - Long Eaton (Nottinghamshire)
3 - Priory Relays Reigate
10 - Surrey League 2 - Nork Park, Banstead (Men) / Nonsuch Park, Cheam (Women) (XC Champs 2)
17 - London Cross Country Champs Parliament Hill Fields (XC Champs 3)
24 - South of Thames 5 mile XC - Morden Park (Main Club Champs)
1 - Kent Masters Cross Country Champs - Dartford
8 - SEAA Masters Champs - Horspath, Oxford
15 - South of Thames 7 mile XC - Beckenham Place Park (XC Champs 4)
5 - Surrey County Champs - Denbies Vineyard, Dorking
5 - Kent County Champs - Brands Hatch
12 - Surrey League 3 - Mitcham Common (Men) / Happy Valley, Coulsdon (Women) (XC Champs 5)
19 - Vets AC Champs - Wimbledon Common
26 - South of England Champs - Parliament Hill Fields (XC Champs 6)
9 - Surrey League 4 - Lloyd Park, Croydon (Men) / Richmond Park, Kingston (Women) (XC Champs 7)
23 - England National Cross Country Champs - Harewood House, Leeds
Riddlesdown Parkrun (XC Champs 8)