Ealing Eagles currently participate in two main cross country (XC) events each year, the Met League and the Sunday League. Both take place throughout the Autumn and Winter running season.
Ealing Eagles joined the Met League in 2014. The league consists of five XC fixtures between October and February in locations accessible to the London area. Fixtures take place on Saturday afternoons, with ladies races not taking place before 1.55pm and men's races not starting before 2.35pm.
Club vests must be worn. For more information, please visit the league website.
Ealing Eagles have entered the Sunday XC League since our debut in 2012/13 followed by victory in the women's team category the next season. This series of fixtures offers members the chance to participate in a series of friendly events around London and Hertfordshire.
Depending on weather conditions and the course terrain, XC spikes or trail shoes might be advised, although many runners might participate in normal running trainers. The races are timed and are approximately 5 miles along grass, parkland and trails with the occasional undulation to tackle.
Club vests are mandatory for all participants.
Fixtures for 2016/17 are TBC.
Fixtures for 2015/16 were:
- Sunday 18th October - Cheshunt
- Sunday 22nd November - Trent Park
- Sunday 6th December - Stevenage
- Sunday 17th January - Cassiobury Park, Watford
- Sunday 14th February - Therfield Heath, Royston
You may notice that the Eagles club kit is accessorised with flashes of pink for Cross Country fixtures; pink socks, pink gloves, pink headbands and of course our beautiful pink bobbled XC hats. This tradition has grown over the past few years, originating when someone wore a pair of hot pink gloves and everyone thought it looked good! We set the trend with the hot pink XC accent colour and some of our league-mates started to pick up on it during the 2015/2016 season. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
What's With the Bobble Hats?
A lot of the regular XC crowd wear very fetching black, white and pink bobble hats to keep their ears warm before and after each race. The hats are provided by Damian's Hats that Help.
Marisa McClelland and Damian Brasher had the inspired idea to raise money to support C3 ward at Southampton General Hospital by making bespoke Beanies, hats and scarves. People undergoing chemotherapy often lose their hair and a warm, jolly, woolly hat is just one thing that might help them feel better about themselves.
Using myboshi yarns and patterns, a dedicated band of fanatical and fiendish crocheters hand make the hats. The Ealing Eagles style is in our club colours of black and white, with our traditional XC specific hot pink accent colour incorporated to make us stand out and turn heads!
You can order your own bespoke hat by getting in touch with Sarah Mackenzie (Sarah Mack) or by emailing email@example.com.