2013-2014 cross country race details

The change was agreed to run the women’s race before the men go off so the schedule is as follows:
Race 1 Under 11s (all fixtures apart from Wrekenton)
Race 2 U13 Girls
Race 3 U13 Boys
Race 4 U15 Girls
Race 5 U15 Boys
Race 6 U17 & 20 Women
Race 7 Senior & Veteran Women
Race 8 U17 Boys
Race 9 Senior & Veteran Men
This should not affect the men who wish to run too much except they now should arrive later than last year. Where this will be really good news is in encouraging more women to take part with their race being run immediately after the junior races have been completed and before the 400+ men have churned up the course.

The organising of when each race would take place is not 100% settled. Agreed details and dates are as follows:
28th September (or possibly 19th October) – Sherman Cup & Davison Shield, venue & hosts to be confirmed
26th October – Blaydon, Shibdon Pond
24th November – Jarrow, Bedewell Park (Sunday)
30th November – Morpeth, Wallington Hall
14th December – Temple Park, S Shields NE Championships
8th February – Saltwell, Wrekenton
1st March – Alnwick, Alnwick Gardens
22nd March – Tynedale, Prudhoe
Of the 8 races listed above 6 are in the harrier league (the other 2 being championships and therefore no slow/medium/fast packs!) and 5 are at the same venues as last year. The first race last year was held at Cramlington but car parking on wet ground caused too much damage and a new venue had to be found. Many of us have run road races based at Wallington Hall and now we get to try races of the off road variety on the 30th November. Anyone who is really keen can win themselves a free t-shirt this year coming (subject to sponsorship approval) if they complete both the championship races and at least 5 of the 6 harrier league meetings. Easy as that then… More news nearer the time (including pictures of our new tent hopefully!!!)
Jon Parkin