Off Road

We take part in off-road events throughout the year, such as trail and fell races throughout North Wales and the North-west. In the autumn and winter, we compete in various cross-country leagues and championships. as well as organise the popular ESSAR West Cheshire AC schools cross-country race series. Our off-road runners also run on the roads, and some run on the track too.


We are involved in four free-to-enter cross-country leagues, all of which begin in late autumn and run well into winter, as follows:

  • North Staffordshire League: Races across all age groups from under-11s upwards, at four venues before Christmas.
  • North Wales League: Races for women and men over 15 only, at five venues between September and February.
  • Manchester Area League (see also here): Races across all age groups (no under-11s at first round), at five venues between October and February.
  • Liverpool and District League: Single race for senior men and women only, at three venues before Christmas, except round 2, which is combined with the European cross-country trials and a nationwide league, in which younger athletes can run.

We also compete in cross-country championship events that take place between January and March. These include the Cheshire, North of England, Liverpool and District and English National Cross-country Championships. Those selected to run for Cheshire also compete at the Inter-counties Cross-country Championships.

Age groups for these events range from under-13s to seniors in all except the Liverpool and District championships (seniors only), with the addition of under-11s at the Cheshire championships.

Entry for all cross-country league and championship events is via the Cross-country Secretary, who can be contacted here.

WCAC Off-road Summer League 2019
The purpose of this league is to encourage WCAC members to take part in off-road events, ten of which have been selected on the basis of their low key nature and reasonably short distances – both to travel to and to race. Short doesn’t mean easy, however – most of these events have far more ups and downs than flat in them!

Details of the events, and rules, are here (events are also listed on the Fixtures and Home pages). Final standings, and results for rounds 6 to 10, are here, and results from the first five rounds are here.

Essar WCAC Schools Cross-country Series
Ellesmere Port Sports Village, Stanney Lane Ellesmere Port CH65 9DB

Years 3-8. Enter on the day, free of charge. First race 10.00am – please allow plenty of time for registration!

Saturdays September 21st, October 19th, November 30th 2019, February 8th 2020. Details here.

2019-20 Results: Overall Teams and Individuals
Round 1
 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4

Previous years’ results for the WCAC Schools Cross-country Series, back to 2008-09, are available midway down our archive page.

Please check the Fixtures page for more information about off-road events, and get in touch if you would like to know more.