"It was cold and snowy that day, and I didn't have any running shoes."
Steve Jones, former world record holder in the Marathon,
on his first run in Barry, Wales
Quote Taken From The Quotable Runner, by Mark Will-Weber 2001, p. 22
Picture: Steve Jones winning the Swindon (UK) Half Marathon in October 1984, By Brakspear at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Kafuffle using CommonsHelper., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15978652
Cross Country does not require a lot of specialized equipment, but there are a few things that will make life easier. Proper shoes being one of them for Steve Jones and most of us. Of course for others like Haile Gebreselassie, the Ethiopian distance great, shoes were not the be all end all. Haile said, "when I was 14 or 15, my brother tried to encourage me by giving me a pair of running shoes. But I threw them away because I was so used to running with bare feet and they were too heavy." Our guess is that, unlike Mr. Gebreselassie, most young athletes grew up wearing shoes, therefore they are used to the weight of a shoe. None-the-less, selecting the correct shoe is a tremendous beginning. Proper clothes also helps. The link provide here will help in knowing what equipment needs to expect. Coach Marrington also gives some other helpful hints, like summer running, diet, racing. We hope this helps. Good luck on your season!
By the way here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlinW5ZwzGc) is a good video of Steven Jones finishing a 10,000 meter in dramatic fashion. Pretty inspiring!
Haile Gebreselassie quote comes from The Quotable Runner, by Mark Will-Weber page 28.