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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