Southern XC

The Southern Cross Country League (formally Today’s Runner Winter League) is held each winter, from mid October to mid March.

There are approximately 6 events each season.  The venues for the 2018/2019 season are:

1/  Pamber Forest (Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC) – 28th October 2018

2/  Queen Elizabeth Country Park  (Portsmouth Joggers) – 11th November 2018 – TBC

3/  Bourne Wood  (Farnham Runners) – 9th December 2018

4/  Lord Wandsworth College  (Hart RR) – 30th December 2018

5/ Chawton House (Alton Runners) – 20th January 2019

6/ Polecat Valley (Haslemere Border AC) – 24th February 2019

The courses are set over terrain that takes the runners through woods, across fields and along country paths. Distances vary slightly, but all are approximately 5 miles long (8Km). All terain shoes are recommended, but on occasions, spikes can be worn, you will be advised when you can by the host club.

All races are held on Sundays and start at the very civilized hour of 11:00 am.

Men and ladies race together, but both genders will be given their own scores on finishing.

The rules for this event are set to deliberately exclude faster runners – the series is held for the enjoyment of slower runners, giving them a chance to score for their clubs, whilst having fun.  Men are eligible to compete if they have not exceeded a pace of 5:30 minutes per mile in an official road race, of 5 miles or longer in the 12 months prior to the start of the season’s first race; for women 6:00 minutes per mile.

This equates to the following times:


  5 miles 10Kms 10 miles
Men 27:30 34:11 55:00
Women 30:00 37:17 60:00


  5 Miles 10kms 10 Miles
Men 27:30 34:11 55:00
Women 30:00 37:17 60:00


This event is only open to clubs who are affiliated to Southern Cross Country League Club.  Entry is free, an affiliation fee is paid by Alton Runners. So just turn up. CLUB VESTS MUST BE WORN

A minimum age of 17 years applies to these events.

2015/16 Alton Runners SCCL Results


Further information: is available on Southern Cross Country League website:  Southern Cross Country League

If you have any queries on these races or rules please contact Doug Maclean through the Contact Us page.