Thinking of joining our friendly club?

Embark on a journey beyond the beaten path with our Cross Country Running page. Whether you’re a seasoned trailblazer or a newcomer to off-road running, this is your go-to hub for all things cross country.

Discover the thrill of navigating diverse terrains, from winding woodland trails to open meadows. Our Cross Country page is designed to keep you informed about upcoming races, share training tips, and celebrate the camaraderie that makes cross country running truly special.

Join us as we embrace the challenge of the great outdoors, build a love for mud and create lasting memories with fellow runners. Lace up your shoes, hit the mud, and let the adventure begin!

  • Chaddesden DRL
  • XC Champs 2024
  • Northerns 2022
  • Nationals 2023
  • Cross Country
  • Cross Country 1

Important Information…

Shoes! The terrain for cross country can vary between grass, trail, mud, hills and water. To be on the safe side it’s better to wear trail/fell shoes or spikes. 

EA membership: Some races requires an active England Athletics membership (usually purchased with the Running Club membership) such as the North Midlands league races, Nationals and Northerns. The Derby Runner League does not require EA membership. 

If you are unsure if you have EA registration, you can check on the website below. If you don’t have it but would like to get it before your membership renewal, please contact the membership secretary. 

Athlete Registration Check (

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Derby Runner League Cross Country

Formerly known as the BDL, this league is a staple for many of our Club runners. The winter league (there is also a summer “road” league) runs from October through to the final race which is hosted by North Derbyshire Running Club at Holmebrook Valley Park in February.

The races are free to enter, just turn up and run. Runners need to run 4 of the 5 races to have an overall league standing, with the first 7 men and 5 women making up the team standing from each event. The courses are usually around 5 miles (8k) long.

Jump to Derby Runner League page

Location Month
Shipley Park October
Chaddesden Park November
Ilkeston December
Bramcote Hill January
Holmebrook Valley Park February
XC Champs 2024

Derbyshire Cross Country Championships

Usually held the first weekend of the year, this event is the selection process for Derbyshire Athletics to select athletes to compete in the Inter-counties cross country championships in March. Whilst this is the main purpose of the event, there are also the individual and team county medals up for grabs for all age categories.

It’s a real feel good, team event.


North Midlands Cross Country League

North Midlands Website 

Runners must be EA registered to turn up and run these races. Unlike the DRL (Derby Runner League) which is a mass start race, the women’s and men’s races are at different times and different distances: 6km for women, 10km for men.

The races are free to enter as the Club enters teams, just turn up and run.

Location Month
Markeaton Park October
Wicksteed Park, Kettering November
Shipley Park, Heanor December
Bulwell Hall Park January
Nationals 2023

National Cross Country Championships

Whilst running the Nationals might sound scary, these events really do provide the thrill of running the same races as your running heroes. There are 2 main events of the year:

  • National Cross Country Relays – Held in November in Mansfield
  • National Cross Country Championships – location changes each year

Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships

North Derbyshire Running Club is affiliated to Northern Athletics. As part of the affiliation, we are invited to compete in a number of competitions each year. This includes the following cross country events:

  • Northern Athletics XC Relays – Held in October in Sheffield
  • Northern Athletics XC Championships – location changes each year.
Northerns 2022

British Masters Athletic Federation Cross Country Championships

To be able to take part in the BMAF championships, runners must be over the age of 35. North Derbyshire Running Club partakes in the BMAF XC Relays – Held in October in Long Eaton.

Race Date / Location Distance Entry Form
Derby Runner League  October – Shipley Approx 5 miles Turn up on the day.
North Midlands XC League  October –  Markeaton Men 10k / Women 6k Contact Team Captains
Northern Athletic XC Relays  October – Sheffield Men 5k / Women 3k Contact Team Captains
British Masters Cross Country Relays October – Long Eaton 2 miles Contact Team Captains. Must be over 35.
National Cross Country Relays  November – Berry Hill Men 5k / Women 3k Contact Team Captains
Derby Runner League  November – Chaddesden Park Approx 5 miles Turn up on the day.
North Midlands XC League  November – Kettering Men 10k / Women 6k Turn up on the day.
North Midlands XC League  December – Shipley Park Men 10k / Women 6k Contact Team Captains
Derby Runner League  December – Ilkeston Approx 5 miles Contact Team Captains
Derbyshire Cross Country Championships January – location varies Men 10k / Women 6k Enter online
Derby Runner League  January – Bramcote Park Golf Club Approx 5 miles Turn up on the day.
North Midlands XC League January – Bulwell Hall Men 10k / Women 6k Contact Team Captains.
National Cross Country Championships February – location varies Men 12k / Women 8k Contact Team Captains.
Derby Runner League February  – Holmebrook Valley Park Approx 5 miles Turn up on the day.
Inter-counties Cross Country Championships March Men 12k / Women 8k Must have been selected at Derbyshire XC Champs.