North West Cross Country League

Mersey Tri take part in the North West Cross Country League (NWCCL) over the winter months. The concept of the league is to encourage participation and provide a sociable environment for runners with runners of all abilities are encouraged to run. Cross country is a great way of staying focused and race fit over the winter months and is great fun. Cross-country strengthens the legs and core muscles, develops ability to run on varied terrain and in varying weather conditions.

Thirteen clubs of all sizes from Merseyside/Cheshire and Lancashire take part in the league and compete to be winners at the end of the season. Each race is FREE and takes place at 10am on a Sunday morning and is hosted by one of the league member clubs.

There are 6 cross country fixtures over the winter, all the courses are off-road and suitable to be run in running spikes or fell shoes. The courses are between 4 ½ and 5 miles in length and take place over grass, mud, dirt trails, hills, etc. Every fixture is followed by refreshments supplied by the Host club (and sometimes showers). The results of the race are usually announced then.


R1 - Sunday 1st November , 10am Clarke Gardens, Penny Lane Striders

R2 - Sunday 8th November , 10am Stadt Moers, Knowsley Harriers

R3 - Sunday 22nd November, 10am Beacon Park, Skelmersdale BH

R4 - Sunday 13th December, 10am Town Park, Warrington Road Runners/Lymm Runners

R5 - Sunday 3rd January, 10am Arrowe Park, Pensby Runners

R6 - Sunday 21st February, 10am Birchwood, Spectrum Striders



  • You must wear a club vest/shirt
  • All club members are welcome to participate.
  • Mens team is the first 6, 1 of which must be a vet
  • Ladies team is the first 3, 1 of which must be a vet.

It would be great to get a strong team out and register a mens and ladies team at all events. Bring a flask, some cake and a dry pair of socks and come and enjoy a great social winter series.

Contact Team Captain Al Smithson to register your interest in racing. Email:

Course Guide:

Clarke Gardens: This is like an extended park run and is a lovely introduction to cross country. There are no toilets near the start. Full guide here.

Arrowe Park: Based behind Arrowe Park hospital, this is also a gentle introduction to cross country with plenty of running on grass.

Stadt Moers: A more conventional cross country with plenty of undulation but nothing too taxing.

Runcorn Town Park: Has a bit of everything in it; it is twisty, sometime muddy, runs through woods and open grass and has the infamous ski slope.

Beacon Fell: The most challenging of the courses, this starts at the top of Beacon Fell and runs up and down and around it a few times. The views are breathtaking. The car parking next to the start is limited but there are other car parks near by.

Birchwood Park: The muddiest of all races, the course takes in all the bad bits of Forest Park in Birchwood, if it was not for the mud it would be a fairly easy course.