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.
For a great idea of what to expect, have a read of this race report from Claybury MET League in October 2017.
Club vests must be worn. For more information, please visit the league website.
2019/20 Fixtures are as follows:
12 October – Claybury (Woodford Green AC)
9 November – Welwyn Garden City (Herts Phoenix AC)
7 December – Uxbridge (Hillingdon AC)
11 January – Ally Pally (London Heathside AC)
8 February – Trent Park (Barnet & District AC)
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. If you want to read a bit more, have a look at this report from the first 2017 fixture at Cheshunt.
Club vests are mandatory for all participants.
2019/20 Fixtures are as follows:
20 October – Cheshunt
1 December – Trent Park
22 December – Fairlands Valley
12 January – Cassiobury Park, Watford tbc
9 February – Royston tbc
other cross country fixtures
SEAA XC Fixtures:
19th October 2019 - Cross Country Relays at Wormwood Scrubs
16th November 2019 - London Cross Country Champs at Parliament Hill
7th December 2019 - Cross Country Masters & Inter Counties Championships at Horspath Track, Oxford
25th January 2020 - Cross Country Main Champs at Parliament Hill
Other XC Fixtures:
2nd November 2019 - North London Cross Country Chanmpionships at Wormwood Scrubs
4th January 2020 - Middlesex Champs
Nationals – last weekend in Feb
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.