Cross Country

Winter cold, wet and mud


Under 20 Men after National CC at Nottingham 2017
Team finished 3rd

We are members of the Mid-Lancs Cross Country League and entry is free to all club members. There are usually six races, held on a Saturday throughout the season from October to March. Each age group run in their own races from under 11 girls and boys through to senior veteran men and women. Individual and team prizes are awarded at the end of the season.
Other Championship Races include the Lancashire, Northern and National Cross Country Championships. For 2016 we have also affiliated to the Red Rose Cross Country League, offering a further 4 races from October to December.

Please contact the Cross Country Coordinator if you wish to know anything further about cross country running at Preston Harriers.

Cross Country Awards 2016-17

International Vest
Patrick Dever, Great Britain, Under 23 Men,
European Cross Country Championships 2016
English National

3rd – Under 20 Men
Northern Championship
2nd – Patrick Dever – Under 20 Men
3rd – Under 15 Girls
2nd – Under 17 Women
1st – Under 20 Men
Lancashire Championship
Thomas Barnes – 2nd Under 13 Boys
Scarlett Sutton – 1st Under 13 Girls
Benjamin Preddy – 2nd Under 15 Boys
Nathan Dunn – 3rd Under 17 Men
Eleanor Ward – 1st Under 17 Women
Ella Moulding – 2nd Under 17 Women
Tiarnan Crorken – 2nd Under 20 Men
Patrick Dever – 1st Senior Men
1st – Under 13 Boys
1st – Under 13 Girls
2nd – Under 17 Men
1st – Under 17 Women
1st – Under 20 Men
3rd – Senior Men
Mid Lancs League
James Ince – 2nd Under 11 Boys
Emily Wiggins – 3rd Under 17 Women
Judith Deakin – 3rd Women Vet 65
Gethin Butler – 3rd Men Vet 40
Alan Durney – 2nd Men Vet 50
1st – Under 13 Girls
2nd – Senior Men – Division 1
1st – Senior Men Vet 40 – Division 1
Red Rose League
Steve Taylor – 3rd Men Vet 60
Alan Appleby – 1st Men Vet 65


These sessions are open to all senior members who wish to train and race. Runners should wear cross country spikes, trail or fell running shoes. Training is every Saturday during the cross country season, except on race days for Mid Lancs, Lancashire, Northern and National Cross Country fixtures.

For 2016/17 season training starts on Sat. 17th September.
Venue – Cafe at Avenham Park
Time – 10.00am


Mid Lancs Cross Country League

There are 6 fixtures in the league, with age group races from Under 11 boys and girls to Veteran Men 70. The races are free to enter for all club members. Runners must be fully paid up members of Preston H. for the current year and be affiliated to England Athletics.

A race number is issued for the season and must be kept and worn at all races, except for the BA Cross Challenge fixture at Liverpool, where separate numbers are issued. Race numbers are issued at the start of the season to all runners who competed the previous season. Newcomers can enter on race day. You must have your England Athletics Membership Card to enter. This does not apply to the Under 11 age group.

League Fixtures 2017-18

14/10/17Cuerden Valley Park
25/11/17Sefton Park, Liverpool
9/12/17Wilsons Playing Fields, Hyndburn
13/01/18Towneley Park, Burnley
17/2/18Ryelands Park, Lancaster
03/03/18GSK Sports Club, Ulverston

Start Times & Race Distance

GroupStart TimeRace Distance
U11 Girls12:30pmUp to 2K
U11 Boys12:45pmUp to 2K
U13 Girls1:00pm2.5K
U13 Boys & U15 Girls1:20pm3K
U15 Boys & U17 Women1:40pm4K
U17 Men, U20 Women & Senior Women2:00pm6K
U20 Men & All Senior Men2:30pm9 – 10K
Vet 70 MenEither at 2:00pm in Women's race Or 2:30pm in Men's race

Individual and team awards are presented at the end of the season. Individual and team prizes will be issued for the best 4 scores from 6 races in all age groups. The senior men’s and women’s team awards are split into divisions.

Currently Preston H. are in the following divisions:

Senior MenPreston H 'A' Division 1
Preston H 'B'Division 3
Veteran 40 MenPreston H Division 1
Senior WomenPreston H 'A'Division 1
Preston H 'B'Division 3

Mid Lancs CC League Results 2016-17
Chorley | Cuerden | Liverpool | Burnley | Rossall | Leigh | Series | Divisions

Championship Races

Preston H. compete in the Lancashire, Northern and National Cross Country Championship races.

Championship Dates 2016-17

07/01/17LancashireWitton Park, Blackburn
28/01/17Northern AthleticsKnowsley
25/02/17English NationalNottingham

Runners can enter the Lancashire Championship individually. The club enters teams for the Northern and National cross country races.

Lancashire | Northern | National


Red Rose Cross Country League

For the 2017/18 season Preston Harriers will also be affiliated to the Red Rose Cross Country League. It is a 4 race series with the best 3 to count. All the races are before Christmas and could be used by runners as a build up to the championship races in the new year.

League Fixtures 2017

14/10/17Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
28/10/17Leverhulme Park, Bolton
11/11/17Astley Park, Chorley
2/12/17Marl Pitts Sports Centre, Rossendale

The club will pay the league affiliation fee. The Red Rose League does charge a fee of £5 per runner for the series (not per race) which will be paid by the individual, not the club. If you wish to run in this league, please contact the team manager before the first race of the season. After that, runners can enter online themselves for a fee of £10 for the remaining races.

Runners must be fully paid up members of Preston H. for the current year and be affiliated to England Athletics. A race number is issued for the season and must be kept and worn at all races.

The Mid Lancs League will remain our priority league as a club. The Red Rose League has slightly smaller fields, but does give us the opportunity to run on some different courses (Bolton recommended). Also, they are all reasonably local. There will be no club tent at the races.


Club Championships

The following awards are presented annually:

Clarkson Cup1st Senior Man at National CC Champs
National Award1st Senior Lady at National CC Champs
Garden Wizard TrophyUnder 17 Men’s Champion
JIT Waters Filters TrophyUnder 17 Lady Champion
Chester TrophySenior Men’s Champion
Cross Country ShieldVet 40 Men’s Champion
ShieldLadies Champion
The individual champions will be the runner with the best points score in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League, with 4 out of 6 races to count.