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Cross country (XC) and road league team events are central to the Windmilers’ club activities. The Surrey XC season takes place between October and March and includes four fixtures in parks with mud and hills! Windmilers participate in both national and league XC events. The club pays for XC entries, and all members are welcome to take part, whatever their pace.
The Surrey Road League comprises 7 events, for both individuals and teams. The events vary in distance from 5k to half marathon, and run from May to August.
In the current (2019/20) XC standings, Windmiler ladies were promoted to 1st division after a great turn out and stunning performance.
These events are open to everyone and we have a great team spirit. We’d love for you to get involved. See ‘Running for club teams’ below. If you haven’t run cross-country before do contact the Team Captains with any questions or to be put on the team email list. Spectators are welcome if you want to watch an event to see what it’s like or to support the runners.
There is usually cake after the run and often a pub social meet up in the evening.
This season’s fixtures
1. Wimbledon Dash 5k (Surrey County 5k Road Championships)
This takes place on Sunday 15 August 2021 in Wimbledon Park starting at 9am. Details and entry for the 5k can be found here: https://rm.sportsystems.co.uk/Register/100125/Meeting.
Whilst it is a “County Championships” it is open to anyone, so please enter yourselves if you are interested in taking part.
2. Dash for the Splash
Taking place on the same day, Sunday 15 August 2021, is THH’s trail race on Wimbledon Common. Details and entry can be found here: http://www.dashforthesplash.com/
Might be a good warm-up for the cross-country season?
3. Surrey Road Relays
These are scheduled to take part on Saturday 4 September 2021 at Wimbledon Park track. These are usually a great team event where each runner does a 5km lap. We’ll be in touch shortly once entries are open.
4. Dates for this year’s Surrey Cross-Country League
Dates are known but timings and venues are still being arranged. We’d be grateful if you can all put the below dates in your diaries, and we will be in touch as more information is passed to us:
- Saturday 16 October 2021
- Saturday 13 November 2021 (women)
- Sunday 14 November 2021 (men)
- Saturday 15 January 2022
- Saturday 19 February 2022
The Women’s and Men’s Cross-Country Leagues have now merged, which means that there is a chance that some of the above races will be at the same venues as the Men’s races. This will be great for being able to support each other without a trek across SW London.
The club participates in the following cross-country and road league events
|Cross Country||Road League||Relay Events|
|The Surrey League||Surrey Road League||Parkland Relays|
|South of the Thames League||Surrey Road Relays|
|South East England Athletic Association (SEAA)|
|English Cross Country Association|
Running for the club teams
Kit and footwear: You need to wear a Wimbledon Windmilers club vest. Your team captains will advise you on the nature of the terrain and whether you should consider spikes, trail shoes or road shoes.
EA registration: You must have a current registration with England Athletics to take part. Please contact [email protected] to arrange for registration well in advance of the event, if you don’t already have it as part of your Windmiler membership.
How to participate: Contact the relevant team captain for XC events so they can register you in advance. Some events allow you to turn up on the day but best to let the team captain know early on where possible. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes in advance to collect your race number. There is no bag drop facility so please leave your valuables at home. Facilities at races are generally basic, often without changing facilities, so come ready to race.
Race distances: These vary according to the course and event. Women’s races are usually 6-8 km and men’s usually 8-10 km, though as a club we support Run Equal’s campaign to make this the same for men and women.
Private messaging (WhatsApp): The main club news is communicated via the club email newsletter, website and Facebook group. If you’d like to receive on-the-day messages do contact the Men’s or Women’s team Captain to be added to the relevant WhatsApp group.
Your Mens’ Captain are Phil Reeves (Left) and James Hamilton (right). Contact them here.
We have been leading the Mens’ Team for 3 seasons and our goal is to encourage as many Windmilers to join us on the start line at events.
You will often find us at mid week sessions or the track session on Saturday. Do let us know if you would like to know more about racing as part of the team.
Your Women’s Captain are Ella Waddingham (left) and Chiara Samele (right). Contact them here.
Chiara has been a member of the Windmilers for almost 8 years. When she joined the club she’d only just started running. She’s competed in many events, but XC and the MABAC races are her favourites.
Ella joined the Wimbledon Windmilers in 2014 and has since been encouraged by friendly club mates to run races of all varieties and distances. Including a developing a passion for a good, muddy cross country race with homemade cake afterwards.