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Cross Country takes place in both the Christmas and Easter terms.
The Christmas term follows a now fairly well-established pattern. Tuesdays are devoted to “speed” sessions: relays, repetition runs. On Thursdays we generally go off-campus. In September and early October the beach is a favourite destination, though as the weather deteriorates we find ourselves in Wareham Forest, Ferndown Forest, on the Castlemain trail or taking part in one of the monthly League races which Canford organises for the schools in the area. Saturday has more variety when sessions might be running or varied cardio-vascular sessions within the fitness suite . We also compete in a local schools cross-country league, seeing our senior boys triumph in recent years!
The cross country team welcomes all abilities and supports and develops those elite runners looking to qualify for english schools to complete beginners who want to build their running fitness.
In the Easter term we have a full programme of races ranging from short relays (at Bryanston, Clayesmore and our own Canford Park relay) to longer affairs (Sherborne, Milton Abbey, Downside, Kingswood). Interspersed are the county, regional and national schools’ championships for those runners who qualify. The Dorset Independent Schools Cross Country Organisation (DISCCO) runs a league within the races during the term where the best five performances from seven nominated races count. As part of this league, Canford hosts, the usually breezy, Studland Stompede on Studland beach in February and our own Canford Relays which is usually the final cross country event of the calendar.
We also stage the Canford Park Junior Relays for Prep and Middle Schools.