Next race – January 2024 TBC

The West End Cross Country usually takes place in January each year.

Note: the start/finish area is on private land so please don’t park there or try out that section of the course when it isn’t race day.

Junior races:
Primary age: one lap of grassy/muddy paths around the start/finish area. Approx 1 mile.

Secondary age: two laps of grassy/muddy paths around the start/finish area. Approx 2 miles.

Route is available to view online here:

Junior XC
Junior XC elevation

Senior race:
One single lap of Martinshaw Woods and surrounding fields.
Distance approx 5.7 miles.
Split Start: Men’s race: 10.55am, Ladies’ race: 11:05am

After an initial start across the open grass field, the route goes uphill early on around the edge of the farmer’s field before a left turn into the woods at a bit of a pinch point approx. 0.6 miles into the race.

The route then follows a nice mix of single track and wider woodland paths around the woods with generally plenty of space for overtaking.

After a short section in the open fields south of Martinshaw Woods you will cross over the motorway bridge for the first time.

Please keep left at all times on the bridge to avoid runners coming back in the opposite direction.

The route skirts the edge of a small woodland car park before doing a loop round more woodland paths before coming back to the motorway bridge.

From there you turn left and head in pretty much a straight line back through the woods with a lovely, muddy downhill section along the edge of the farmer’s field all the way back to the finish line.

Route is available to view online here:

Senior XC route
Senior XC elevation

Hazards & Terrain
There are two sections of concrete path as you cross the motorway bridge, along with one short section of packed gravel path. Otherwise predominantly grassy, muddy, and in some places wet woodland paths including lots of tree roots, tree stumps and low level branches.

One very slippy bridge which will be marshalled but strictly no overtaking on the bridge please.

Shoes with studs (not spikes) advised.

Post race venue
The usual post race venue is:
The Plough Inn, Burroughs Road, Ratby, LE6 0XZ

For further details please contact:
Andrew Ward or Laura Davison, West End Runners

West End Martinshaw XC previous results: