Cross Country

Chiltern Cross Country League

Redway Runners have been a part of the ‘CHILTERN CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE’ since October 2014.

Cross Country Update

We are delighted to announce that seven of our members, Hannah C, Sarah B, Simon R, Sam D, Jane L, Matthew C, and Fiona S, are going to take on the responsibility of managing our adult Cross Country teams for the 2024/2025 season.

This team of managers is brimming with innovative ideas for the upcoming season. They are looking forward to welcoming any member who wishes to join them.

If you’re interested, you can let them know directly or send an email to Your details will be forwarded to them.


Redway Runners U18’s Team Manager is:

As we approach the new season, we will provide more information about plans and what to expect. Stay tuned for these exciting updates!


What is The Chiltern League?

The Chiltern League is a series of 5 races taking part on a Saturday, once a month between October and February the courses are multi-laps and 5–10 kilometres long (ladies 5-6k and men’s 8-10k) they are generally run around open countryside on grass.
Ladies and men race on the same day at separate times, usually early afternoon.

It is both an individual and a team sport, runners are judged on individual times and teams by a points-scoring system where the first 10 men and 6 ladies will score for the team.


How much is entry?

Entry is free to all England Athletics affiliated Redway Runners members (see your Love Admin account to add EA affiliation if needed) – once registered you will be given a race number to use all season (note if you lose this number a replacement will cost £3)


Who can take part?

All England Athletic affiliated Redway Runners Members can take part but how you represent the club depends on your England Athletics membership

  • 1st claim paid England Athletics Affiliation can take part in the league for free and score
  • 2nd claim England Athletics Affiliation (if first claim club is in the Chiltern League) have to run for first claim club
  • 2nd claim England Athletics Affiliation (if first claim club are not in the Chiltern League) are free but do not score

Non England Athletics Affiliation members cannot take part – If you want to take part you need to add England Athletics Affiliation to your membership (sign in to your Redway Runners Love Admin account, then select ‘payments’ and ‘Add EA’ on the left)


Do I have to run all the races?

No, you can run as many you like, but the more you do the better for the team


What to wear? And bring with you

Under the league rules all runners must wear club kit, so your Redway Runners top (i.e. either tee or vest, if you do not have one they can be ordered from the club shop – but take about 21 days) base layers under this is allowed to keep warm.

Shoes will depend on what the weather has been like some of the courses can get very muddy so trail shoes at a minimum will be needed but lot of people favour cross country spikes. Although historically the first race in October is dry so you could use normal road shoes, so you can try before you buy…

Cross Country is held outside over winter, so it can be cold and wet, or dry and sunny. So come prepared with clothing to keep you warm before and after. There is usually a Redway Runners tent, with free tea and coffee provided, where you can leave any belongings (at your own risk).

Help with setting up and dismantling our tent afterwards would be appreciated.


What about under 18’s?

On the day there is also races for younger runners, that are on the same day, for all the details about these contact Chris, his details above


Where and When

All the details of races and results are available at the website for the event at: and will be posted here and on the Facebook group page, when available

Fixtures & Hosts 2023/2024

  • 14th October: Keysoe Equestrian Centre, near Bedford H: Bedford & C
  • 11th November: Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes (not XC Challenge) H: LBAC & MKKAC
  • 2nd December: Stopsley Common, Luton H: Luton AC
  • 13th January: Cassiobury Park, Watford H: Watford AC
  • 10th February: Horspath, Oxford H: Oxford AC


If you have any question please feel free to email us and also join the Redway Runners Cross Country Facebook group to be kept up to date with all the team activities:

Cross Country - Watford