The first race of the Southern Cross Country League took place on 11th October at Pamber Forest, near Tadley. The day was very pleasant after a cold start and there was a little sunshine towards the end to help.
The Pamber Forest route is perhaps the flattest of this season’s 7 races in the series, with only the one hill to combat and that was a bit of sting in the tail as it was at the end. A five mile route starting in a field, the runners enjoyed a downhill start which ended up onto a gravel path into the forest. The path was straight, but after half a mile the path turned from gravel to a mud track and was easy to navigate this year as there has been a lack of rain. This track carried on for another half mile after which the runners came out into a field.