Cross Country

During the Winter season both LANSW and Athletics NSW (ANSW) offer events for athletes to compete in Cross Country running, Race Walks and Track & Field events. ​See below for 2023 Winter Season information (in event date order). Scroll down to see information regarding the Australian Cross Country Championships for 2023.

  • ANSW Cross Country Relays on Saturday 3 June 2023 Upjohn Park, Rydalmere 

Registration closed Monday 29 May, 11:59pm. Click here to register as an individual. 

Balmain Athletics Club will be entering teams comprising 4 runners in the U12 and U14 (4x2km) and U16, U18, U20 (4x3km) events.  Create your own team of four athletes - send the athlete names, DOB and ANSW National ID number and running order to and we’ll do the rest.  If you’d  like to join a team, send your name, DOB, ANSW National ID number to and we’ll do our best to place you in a team. If we can’t form a team, you can still enter as an individual.  

ANSW Rules – team changes not permitted after entries close. Please ensure you can compete on the day before committing to a team. 

  • NSW Cross Country Championships on Saturday 17 June 2023 Willandra, Nowra

The NSW XC Championships took place at the Willandra Cross Country Course located at 101 Browns Mountain Rd, Tapitallee. The course is approx. 2.5 hours from Sydney. Click here for more information. Race distances are based on age, see below. This is an ANSW event so U12 (DOB 2013 & 2012), U14 (DOB 2011& 2010), U15 (DOB 2009), U16 (DOB 2008), U17 (DOB 2007), U18 (2006):


































8km (50-59)


  • LANSW State Cross Country and Race Walk Championships on Sunday 2 July at Scheyville National Park (North Western Sydney)

Cross Country events for U7 to U17s (LANSW age groups) will be held in the morning, starting at 9am. Click here for more info and register here. Entries close Monday 26 June at 9pm.

Note: This event is open to all athletes registered for the 2022/23 season. There is no qualification process, registration is by direct individual entry. If there are 3 athletes in an age group competing for Balmain, they will automatically be considered a team and eligible for a team medal. 

Claire (Balmain Little Athletics Winter Team Manager) and Mel (Race Walk Coach) will be at this event to assist athletes and families. Look out for the Balmain Athletics tent!

  • ANSW Short Course Cross Country on Saturday 8 July at West Dapto Cross Country Course, Brownsville

1.5km U10 (DOB 2014), U12 (DOB 2013 & 2012)
2km for U14 (DOB 2011 & 2010)
3km for U15 (DOB 2009), U16 (DOB 2008)
3km (Womens) and 4km (Mens) U17 (DOB 2007), U18 (DOB 2006); and
2km & 4km Fun Run. 

Click here for more information and to register. Entries close Wednesday 5 July  at 12pm

  • ANSW Road Relay Championships on Saturday 6 August at The Crest, Bass Hill.

Click here for more information and to register.

Uniform: Balmain athletics competition singlet or crop top with black shorts or tights must be worn. Athletics NSW events will issue event Bib numbers. For LANSW events, your 2022/23 registration number, age patch and Coles patch must be displayed. 

** To enter ANSW events, little athletes in the U11 to U17 age groups must register with ANSW as a Dual Member. For the 2023 Winter Season, Dual membership is free for athletes who were registered with Balmain Athletics in the 2022/23 season in the U11-U17 age groups. Click here to register as a Dual Member with Balmain (if you haven’t already done so). Little athletes from the U9 age group, ie DOB 2014, can register for ANSW events as U10s without membership. Entry fees apply.


  • Australian Cross Country Championships 2023 on 25 to 28 August 2023 at Stromlo Forest Park, Stromlo ACT

Click here for event information including NSW Selection criteria. We recommend reading the FAQ page as well - click here. A few questions have been extracted below (as at 20 June 2023).

What are the age groups and how many athletes can be selected?

For able body athletes, Athletics NSW will select teams in the Under 14, Under 15, Under 16, Under 17 and Under 18, Under 20 and Open age groups. In the age groups Under 14-Under 18, 10 athletes will be selected per age/gender. In the Open and Under 20 age groups, Athletics NSW will select a team of 6 athletes. However, any number of additional competitors may compete. Additional competitors must still, nominate through the nomination/entry process defined in the selection policy.

For Para events, Athletics NSW will select teams in the Under 15, Under 17, Under 20 and Open age groups. Each age/gender can have up to 10 athletes selected.

What are prerequisites for selection?

All athletes must be registered with Athletics NSW. Athletes must also compete during the 2023 Athletics NSW waratah series. See section 6 of the selection criteria and section 3 (athlete eligibility) in the Athletics NSW selection policy.

How do I get selected?

In the Under 14, Under 15, Under 16, Under 17 and Under 18 age groups, selections are from made results in the NSW Cross Country (17th June) and NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships (8th July). Athletes in these age groups who do not compete in one of these two events will not be able to qualify, regardless of circumstances. Please see section 4 and 5 in the selection criteria.

Do I need to nominate to be considered?

Yes, all athletes will need to nominate, including those that wish to be considered for a rolldown position. Click here to nominate. The timelines for nominations are as follows.

  • Monday 19th June 2023 - Nominations Open
  • Tuesday 11th July 2023 - Nominations Close
  • Wednesday 26th July 2023 - Entries close

Once Athletics NSW confirms your selection, an athlete has until 26th July 2023 to confirm their position by paying the entry fee and levy. Athletics NSW will remove any athlete that does not enter by the 26th July 2023 and offer the position to the next athlete via the roll down.

Athletes hoping to be selected in the NSW Schools team are encouraged to only submit their final entry (including payment) after the All Schools at Eastern Creek. For clarity, they must still nominate from the 19th June 2023 to be considered for selection.