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MTC Cross Country

Calling all mud lovers…… these events are for you!


The club is a member of the Manchester Area XC league which includes 5 matches over the winter. The leagues website is http://maccl.co.uk where you will find further information and results about each of the matches.

2017/18 will be our ELEVENTH season entering the League. It will be a great way to keep (or find!) your running fitness over the winter. There was a fantastic MTC turnout last year and we were probably the best supported club out on the course at each race. The emphasis is firmly on having fun all standards, ages etc welcome. The ‘cake-off’ between the men and women was hotly contested as ever!

When are the events?


MATCH 1 : SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2017 *[not for U11’s] Heaton Park, Manchester.

MATCH 2 : SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2017 Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester. Host

MATCH 3 : SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2017 Univ. Playing Fields/Kenworthy Woods, Wythenshawe.

MATCH 4 : SATURDAY 13TH JANUARY 2018 Woodbank Park, Stockport.

MATCH 5 : SATURDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 2018 Wythenshawe Park


12 noon U11 GIRLS & U11 BOYS* – 2,400 metres [*U11’s do not compete in Match One]

12:15 pm U13 GIRLS & U13 BOYS – 3,500 metres max=3,500

12.30 pm U15 GIRLS & U15 BOYS – 5,000 metres max=5,000

12:50 pm U17 GIRLS & U17 BOYS – 6,500 metres max=6,500

1:30 pm SENIOR, U20 & VET LADIES – 8,000 metres max=10,000

2:30 pm SENIOR, U20 & VET MEN – 9,600 metres max=10,000



The running coordinator (Sonia Harris) will sort out affiliation, deal with the league and keep everyone update on how we are doing.

We also need some volunteers to help marshal at one race- and to help set up another race- please look out for this request coming out – your help is always appreciated

The league requires us to submit a list of MTC members who are going to compete. (Additional people can be added at each race but to ease the burden on the organisers they would prefer to get people registered in advance. They have also asked that we don’t just register all runners in the club as this will create unnecessary work too.)

Each of these runners will be assigned ONE number for use in ALL races.

These numbers will be collected at the first race (by the team captain) and given to each runner. The runner will be responsible for presenting themselves at each match with their number.

For anyone who isn’t competing in the first race we will bring your number to the next race. Once you have competed the number is yours to look after. (The league will charge £1 for any reissuing of numbers). Reminder NO number belts in the races please!

How do I register and what does it cost?

Essentially it will cost you £10.60. Please pay via the link below (initial registration has now closed but we will open this up again after the first race). https://mantri.niftyentries.com/Manchester-Area-XC-League

You will also need to be affiliated to England athletics– please also pay for the 17/18 season via the club shop.

You will also need a MTC club running vest- please beg, borrow or look out on Facebook for how to buy.

It costs £40 to affiliate the club to the league and we are then charged £1 retrospectively for each runner for each race they compete in.  This will cover the cost of registration and the retrospective race charges. It’s a one off £10.60 fee whether you race all 5 races or once: where 60p is for the NIFTY admin and £5 is for a donation to help run the club.

NOTE: This season the club will be charged an additional fee of 75p per unused entry will if we don’t achieve a 75% or greater return on entries. So if you sign up you must race at least one race.

Is there any other information I need to know?

Spikes are recommended, but knobbly shoes will suffice- you can race in trainers… but beware of muddy/ slippy wet courses!

Bring warm clothes/ wellies/ a flask/ drink etc

As said above cake is very much encouraged for afters 🙂

We sometimes arrange an evening get together after too— anyone can do this/ just pop a note on FB!

I think that just about covers everything…..

If you have any questions get in touch on running@manchestertriathlonclub.org.uk