The Cross Country Season is our Winter sport and runs from May to August of each year. Craigieburn Little Athletics is part of the Cross Country Division 1 Region. The clubs that make up Division 1 include Essendon, Keilor, Sunbury, Coburg, Hume, Lancefield/Romsey and Preston/Reservoir Little Athletic clubs.
One of the greatest challenges of cross country is the ability to keep a constant speed on the ever-changing terrain and battling with weather conditions. However, there are many benefits of cross country running. It improves lung capacity, endurance is greatly enhanced, it builds core strength, fitness levels substantially increase and athletes are challenged to become mentally tough. The greatest benefit is that every athlete has a real sense of personal achievement.
The distances run by athletes are according to their age group as follows:
U6 - 500m
U7 & U8 - 1,000m
U9 & U10 - 1,500m
U11 & U12 - 2,000m
U13 to U16 - 3,000m
Competitions are held weekly at various clubs in the region, so some travel is required. The region holds various events like Open Days and a Region Cross Country Carnival. There is also the State Cross Country Relay Event, State Road Relay Event and the State Cross Country Championships.
Competition usually commences the first Saturday of May of each year and the first competition is usually run at Essendon Little Athletics located at Corio Street, Moonee Ponds.
If you are already a registered member for the 2020/2021 Season, the Cross Country Season is included in the fees you have already paid! All you need to do, is show up to training!
If you are not a registered member, you will need to register to be able to attend the cross country training sessions. You will need to register via the Little Athletics Victoria website. The cost to register is $80 per child, with a discount of 10% for three or more children.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.