Cross Country – Race 3 this Sunday (11th Dec) at Gosfield. Let’s Keep the Momentum Going!

6 December 2016 - By Anita Grainger

Okay so we’re onto race 3, flying on the back of last Sunday’s fabulous performance, the third Cross Country Fixture is on Sunday 11th December.

Having successfully continued our quest to remain in Division A we go into the third fixture in 3th which is fantastic. We need to stay above 6th to stay up.

Venue = Gosfield School, Halstead Road. Gosfield, CO9 1PF

Race start time 10.45am – aim to be there by 10am

All runners must wear club shirts/vests. Trail shoes or spikes recommended & spare shoes for afterwards. This is a great course for spikes if you have them.

No registration needed just turn up – make sure you check in with James K or me

Cake has been organised – thanks Liz

More info on the 53-12 league website below

See you there!



Reposting my post from 16th October with more info on the league:

Cross Country League is fast approaching … your club needs you!

Following last season’s success the club now finds itself in Division A of the 53-12 League for this season. We’d like to stay up in Division A, something that has evaded the club over the years, so, for those who like a challenge (I know I do) we need as many runners as available for the fixtures to improve our success. Dates are listed below for your diaries


  • 6th Nov Colchester
  • 4th Dec Harwich
  • 11th Dec Halstead (Gosfield Woods)
  • 22 Jan Ipswich
  • 29 Jan Springfield
  • 19 Feb Witham (Notley Country Park – Discovery Centre)


Scoring, now this is where it gets complicated, is as follows;

First man or woman scores 1 point, second 2 points, third 3 points …….. through to the last finisher.

Men and women are scored separately although we all run together.

Pool A scoring teams – 8 men and 4 women. Overall team score is aggregate of men’s and women’s scores – example 4th and 1st = 5 points.


Now I hear you ask what if you’re not in the first 8 men or first 4 women, well……..

  • Firstly we need to have as many as possible to support our scoring members.
  • Secondly your position may well knock down scoring runners from other clubs in increase the points counting against them & in our favour ( this is the complicated bit). This is where EVERYONE matters.
  • Thirdly there’s cake! We do a cake rota and there’s always plenty to go round.
  • Fourthly cross country will help to improve your road racing times.
  • Finally it’s a great atmosphere and good to catch up with our club mates.


In preparation Martyn has put on a couple of training sessions on Sat 22 & 29 October – see separate post


Any questions please approach James & I. We look forward to seeing you at the first race


Anita Grainger & James Kennerley

Ladies & Mens Captains

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