The LUCA Cross-Country League (previously known as the LCL) is London’s historic cross-country league for universities in London. Held across five races over two terms, students compete for individual and team success.

The league gives students the chance to race in some of London’s finest parks and measure their improvement over the season … and the years.

Students of the University of London are expected to compete for their college team. Students without a college team may enter on behalf of the University of London.

Races are typically 5k (two laps) for women and 8k (three laps) for men. All races are held on a Wednesday at 3pm


Date (2017)EventVenueInformation
18 OctCross-Country Race 1Parliament HillRace Information
1 NovCross-Country Race 2Mitcham CommonRace Information
8 NovLUCA Council Meeting 1Student Central, Mallet StreetEvent Information

15 NovCross-Country Race 3Wimbledon CommonUofL XC and Bannister Cup
Race Information
25 NovIndoor ChampionshipsLee ValleyUofL Indoor and UH Indoor
Date (2018)
24 JanCross-Country Race 4Alexandra PalaceRace Information
21 FebCross-Country Race 5Wormwood ScrubsRace Information
28th FebLUCA Council Meeting 2Student Central, Mallet Street7PM
17th March
15th April
Outdoor Championships Meet 1Parliament HillMatch Information and Entry Forms
25th MarchLondon Students' RunVictoria ParkRegister Now

28th AprilOutdoor Championships Meet 2Lee ValleyMatch Information and Entry Forms
26th MayOutdoor Championships Meet 3BatterseaUofL Outdoor
Timetable and Entries

How it works (athletes)

  1. Athletes sign up once here for free. You will get a LUCA Member number.
  2. As you cross the finishing line, you get a token.
  3. You give this token to the finishing desk along with your LUCA member number.
  4. We assign points to individuals and calculate team scores

Advice for team captains

  1. Encourage your members to sign up here well before the race. You can find a list of your athletes ID numbers by going to your club’s directory.
  2. We will bill you towards the end of the season dependent on the amount of athletes you field (See below)

The LUCA Cross Country league is one of the UK’s cheapest XC leagues. You don’t pay per athlete or per race. Instead, clubs are billed at the end of the season for the amount of athletes that represented them.

Tier 1 At least two full teams of each gender £150
Tier 2 At least one full men’s (5) and one full women’s team or more £100
Tier 3 Less than one full team of each £75
Tier 4 5 athletes or less £45
Guests Per race £3

For example, if RVC enter one women’s team (<5 athletes) who compete in each of the 5 races, they will pay £45 at the end of the season. If King’s enter two gents and two ladies teams in each race, they will be charged £150. If RHUL enter one full ladies team but only two gents, they will be charged £75.

Fee’s may rise in 2017/18.

For full rules and regulations, please see here (2015).

Races are typically 4k (one lap) for women and 8k (two laps) for men.

Questions about the LCL should be directed to


We are committed to trying our hardest to cater for athletes with disabilities. For more information about parathletics at LCL please contact

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Jack Harrison (KCL) racing in Richmond Park