Essex Cross Country League Round 4  – Hilly Fields

9 December 2023 - By Jodee Mayer

Please find below details of the 4th Essex (Saturday League) XC fixture. You need to register on Roster Athletics here –

This race is jointly hosted by Colchester Harriers AC, Colchester & Tendring AC and Boxted Running Club 

Date: Saturday 16th December 2023 

Venue : Hilly Fields, Sheepen Road, Colchester 

Relevant times and approx distances as below:

12:00 Senior Women including U20 Women – 7K

12:45 Senior Men including U20 Men – 8.5K

Notes for this fixture: 

  1. Maps of the race route will be posted at the venue.
  2. All runners need to be registered on Roster in advance of the race.  Runners race numbers are not transferable.
  3. Race results will be published on Roster as soon as possible after each race. Individual / team results will be posted on Facebook and emailed to all participating clubs.
  4. Under 11’s race starts at 10:00
  5. Portable toilets will be located close to the start/finish area.


Unfortunately, we have not been able to gain access to both St Helena School or Colchester Institute for parking.  Also, Sheepen Road itself has parking restrictions on a Saturday. There are local car parks which are all payable but are the closest to the course. The entrance to the start area is where Sheepen Road meets Hilly Fields.

Sheepen Road Car Park

This car park is quite small but is only a couple of minutes from the start area.

Middleborough multi-storey

This car park is about 7mins from the start

St Mary’s multi-storey

This car park is about 10mins walk from the start.  Best to walk through to the footpath off of Pope’s Road and take the path signposted ‘Sheepen Road’

Free Parking

The entrance to Hilly Fields is off of Sussex Road and you just have to walk 5mins to the start.  There are a few spaces at the top of Sussex Road but they will fill up quickly. 

This is Norman Way, Lockhart Ave and Endsleigh Court. All of which have no restrictions on Saturdays.   

You can park on all of these roads but there are time restrictions on resident permit areas so please just check before parking. For example, ‘The Avenue’ is ok until 3pm on the right hand side as you drive in but no parking from 12.45-1.45pm on the left.  They are between 7 and 12 (approx) mins walk to the end of Sussex Road +5mins.  

By train 

This may be a good option for some as the main (Colchester North) Station is only about 10-15mins walk from the start. 

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