Cross Country Races details Sat 28th & Sunday 29th October

22 October 2017 - By Anita Grainger

Well here it is the moment you’ve all been waiting for….. Cross country league season is upon us! Next weekend we have 2 race fixtures; Sat 28th October is Essex Country Country League at Horseheath, Cambridge. Sunday 29th October 53-12 League at Writtle .

The main club race is on Sunday  where I will be manning the clipboard for the team…. & there’s cake 🙂

Sunday 29th October 53-12 League

Venue = Writtle college

Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM1 3RR

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 Bill or me.

Cake has been organised – thanks Becky

More info on the 53-12 league website below

See you there!

Sat 28th October – Essex League

As Above all runners must wear club vests/shirts.

Venue: Horseheath point to point racecourse CB21 4QF

(Postode for SAT Navs use CB21 4QP gets you a bit closer)



Age Group

Under 11 Girls and Under 11 Boys



10.30 Under 13 Girls and Under 13 Boys 3k
11.00 Under 15 Girls and Under 15 Boys 4k
11.30 Under 17/20 Women 5k
12.00 Under 17 Men/Sen Women 6k
12.45 Senior Men 8k

A few important notes for this fixture

  • Please note that the postcode does not take you exactly to the site. It will be sign posted from the main road. Please follow these signs.
  • When leaving the car park you can only turn left onto the dual carriageway
  • Car parking is close to the start within 200m.
  • There is no shelter on the site and a limited number of toilets. However there will be a van serving tea/coffee and hot food.
  • U 11s please register before 10am at the desk by the car park, entry for U11 race is £2.
  • The course itself is mostly on grass, there are a few hard packed areas which need to be crossed close to the finish. The course is suitable for spikes.

Please let Bill or I know if you are planning to run on Sat as there may not be many club runners there & we’ll need to nominate a score collector. I will be there for the first juniors race but many not still be there by the time the adults race depending on weather etc.

Further details of XC race below ( post from 6 October). Any questions please ask Bill or me.



Cross Country – Time to dig out spikes, Trail Shoes, Calendars and Cake Making skills !

6 October 2017 – By Anita Grainger

Now that autumn has arrived it means that the cross country season is looming fast, yay!

This season we have entered 2 leagues; 53-12 and the Essex XC league which we are new to this year.

Our main focus as a club is the 53-12 league and to remain in Division A, however, in view of recent interest to do more cross country there is also the opportunity to run the in Essex league, further details below.

These are great club events open to everyone whether you’re an experienced cross country runner or new and would like to give it a try:


53-12 League dates (Sundays)

29th October – Springfield

5th November – Harwich

26th November – Colchester

10th December – Halstead

14th January – Ipswich (changed from 21st)

18th February – Hadleigh


Essex XC League Dates (Saturdays)

28th October 2017           Horseheath Point to Point Racecourse (Cambridge & Coleridge)

25th November 2017      Apex Playing Fields, Hockley (Southend AC)

16th December 2017      Hilly Fields, Colchester (Colchester Harriers/CATS)

13th January 2018            Writtle  (Chelmsford AC)

10th February 2018         Gloucester Park, Basildon (Basildon AC)


53-12 scoring info…. EVERYONE is important

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


Essex League Scoring

Details to follow

Further info will be posted nearer the time for each race

Any questions please approach Bill & I and we’ll try to help.


Anita Grainger, Ladies Captain

Bill Smythe, Mens Captain






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