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Last updated 26 November 2021

Information on the Club Cross-Country courses and events

New 10 mile course for 2021

The New 7 1/2 mile course (27 October 2019 onwards)

See note on new Club 10k (15 January 2017 onwards)

See note on new Club 5 (21 March 2015 & 18 October 2015 onwards)

Origins of the Club Cry

PLEASE NOTE: For the 2021/22 season. Registration and changing for the 5 Mile Championship, 10 mile Championship, Yacht Handicap and Closing 5 Mile races will take place at Croydon RFC Clubhouse, 135 Addington Road. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the race start time.

Registration, changing and refreshments for the 3 Mob Matches (Orion, Ranelagh and the Open 10k) will be at the Warren, Hayes.

The current entry cost is 4.00 per race.

So how did Cross-Country racing begin? Check out here... What is a Mob Match?

The old clubhouse 1926-2021


St John's Church is the muster area for the start of our cross country races. We use two different fields, depending on the 'horse' situation.



Marking of courses


All club courses are marked with flags and by pointsmen. Unless directed otherwise, always carry straight on. When you pass a pointsman be polite and thank them! When you have finished, please come back to the HQ where the showers are hot and there are lots of cakes, buckets of tea, and, if you are lucky, prizes to be picked up...

Club 5 (new from 21 March 2015)



New Club 5 Miles Course

At the January 2015 Executive Committee meeting it was agreed that the traditional 5 Mile course should not be used in future because of the risk to runners, marshals and members of the public on the long road sections of the course.

Below is the course I propose we should use for the Closing 5 Miles handicap on 21st March. It is 4.92 miles, all on paths up and down Boundary Wood. The out and back routes are different apart from a very short section from the start field to Boundary Wood

Section of course

Distance Miles

Total distance Miles

Marshal Point

Start at the usual place in the field at the bottom of Layhams Road, 1 circuit of field (as now) , leaving by stile at corner




Towards Boundary Wood as now, but turn left after 200m through gate into grass field, uphill towards Wickham Court Farm 




Gate into field

Leave field by gate at top of field, turn right onto track (used for Club10) looping back onto path leading to Boundary Wood, where the course turns left towards entrance to Boundary Wood




Gate out of field

Just before entrance to Boundary Wood, turn left onto uphill path through the field, past group of trees and continue on path towards the entrance to woods. Keep to left hand path all the way up through Boundary Wood to the mid-field.




Entrance to Boundary Wood

Bear left  at mid-field onto wide but winding bridle path in the left of woods, leading to the top of Boundary Wood (called Rowdown Wood on the AZ Map)




Mid field Boundary Wood

At very top, near to metal fence, turn right and follow usual wide straight path back down to the mid field




Top of Boundary Wood

Across mid field and then follow usual path down Boundary Wood, bear left at bottom,  to exit onto path leading to finish




Bottom of Boundary

Run straight to start/finish field




Over stile into field, immediately turn left and follow path along fence down to Addington Road, turn right at bottom  and run in to finish at bottom of field close to gate at very bottom of Layhams Road




Stile into finish field



New 10k course for January 2017 on

The New 7 1/2 mile course from 26 October 2019


New 10 mile course for 2021


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