Cross Country

Every October to March London Frontrunners enters the Metropolitan Cross Country League. Here’s all you need to know.

London Frontrunners at the Met League cross country

2021/22 Met League fixtures

  • 16 October 2021 – Claybury 
  • 13 November 2021 – Welwyn Garden City 
  • 4 December 2021 – Uxbridge 
  • 15 January 2022 – Wormwood Scrubs 
  • 19 February 2022 – Trent Park

Other fixtures

  • 20 November 2021 – London Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill (tbc)
  • 29 January 2022 – South of England Cross Country Championships (venue tbc)
  • 26 February 2022 – English National Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill 

What is the Metropolitan League? 

The Met League is a team cross-country competition. 

It involves 23 clubs from London, Berkshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Middlesex. 

The League consists of off-road, cross country courses in different areas of Greater London. 

There are five races in total. 

Why should I take part? 

Every runner who takes part scores points for their club. 

The more runners who come and run for London Frontrunners, the more points we score. And the more points we score, the higher we finish in the league. 

You’ll also score points towards the London Frontrunners Club Championships for each Met League race you run in.

As part of your LFR membership, the registration fees are entirely covered by the Club.

Do I need to register? 

For the 2021/22 Met League season, we ask that you register interest on the relevant Spond event if you are in the LFR Spond group, or keep an eye out on the weekly e-bulletin and members’ Facebook group for other options. This will help the cross country captains allocate race numbers, and enable us to message you with any last minute changes.

What should I wear for cross country?  

You must wear a club vest for Met League races.

On your feet, trail shoes are often appropriate for the initial meets in the league when the ground tends to be drier. 

As we move into November to February, cross country spikes may be a better option as conditions can get very wet and muddy.

What happens after the race?

As an LFR tradition, after the racing is done we like to share our best efforts at baking. So if you have time to bake something beforehand, bring some cake or other goodies (no soggy bottoms please!). 

And after cake, we usually head to a local pub for post-race drinks. 

Cross country championships races

There’s also an opportunity to race in some other cross country fixtures, including the London, South of England and English National Cross Country Championships.

These are separate from the Met League races. 

Details of how to sign up for these will be shared in the weekly email newsletter and Facebook group.