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