Do you want to try cross country running? Try to forget unhappy memories of being made to trudge around a school field in the cold that seems to be most people’s image of this type of running. Cross country is fun, very sociable, cake-obsessed, and a great way of boosting fitness and speed over the darkness and cold of winter. People sometimes lose motivation for running over the winter months and the races on offer can be a great way of making sure that doesn’t happen while also having lots of fun!
There is no speed of runner that is not catered for, you will neither be too fast nor too slow for cross country. At the front are athletes good enough to represent their country and at the back are athletes of equal enthusiasm who are still going slow and strong at the age of 80, and one thing is for sure no matter your speed, our Ponteland contingent will be cheering for you as you run on your merry way. It is free to take part in as long as you are a fully paid up member of the club and not many races can boast that!
How to get Involved
We have been participating in the North East Harrier League for a few years now, with Men’s and Women’s and Children’s Teams. If you want to be involved the contact person in the club is Laura Choake – please contact Laura at Laura Choake with any queries. You will need to be a member of the club, and have a Ponteland Runners vest to take part.
Posts will be made regularly on the website and our Ponteland Runners Facebook page with updates and race reports – notably from Elliott Ward our men’s Captain, and Laura Choake/ Tina Kelly our women’s captains who will be your key point of contact for organising lifts, baking, and race reports!
Below are details for the 2016/17 Winter Races.
Dates of the League Races
Sat 1st Oct 2016 – Wrekenton
Sun 9th Oct 2016 – Druridge Bay
Sat 19th Nov 2016 – Sherman Cup, Temple Park
Sat 26th Nov 2016 – Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee (1)
Sat 7th Jan 2017 – Herrington Park (to be confirmed)
Sat 11th Feb 2017 – Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee (2)
Sat 4th Mar 2017 – Alnwick Castle
Approximate race start times
12.15 Under 11 Boys & Girls
12.25 approx Under 13 Boys
12.35 approx Under 13 Girls
12.45 approx Under 15 Boys
12.55 approx Under 15 Girls
13.05 – 13.10 approx Under 17 & Under 20 Women
13.10 – 13.15 approx Senior & Veteran Women
13.50 – 14.00 approx Under 17 Men
14.15 – 14.25 approx Senior & Veteran Men
Things you will need to bring
- 4 safety pins (for your number)
- Your Ponteland Runners vest
- Suitable running shoes (trail shoes or spikes)
- Some warm outer clothing – even if it seems mild we are out in a field basically and the tent is not heated!
Directions and full details of each race can be found by following the link to the North East Harrier League website below and clicking on the fixture in question.
Results, league rules, runner info and a whole lot more can also be found on this excellent website. As a club we do a lot of organising of cross country on facebook because it is quick and easy for many people to communicate with each other. If you are a facebook user please like the Ponteland Runners page and updates about races, car sharing and baking etc will be found there.
If you are interested in taking part in the best fun (once the tired legs are forgotten about!) and most sociable running scene around, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!