Chiltern League XC Match 1 – Saturday 12 October 2019 Horspath Sports Ground, Oxford

Parking: BMW MINI Plant Oxford, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 6NL

We hope to see many of you running at the first Chiltern League match this Saturday.  If you are planning on running some of the Chiltern League and have not yet registered please do so NOW!  Just follow this link: https://www.stalbansac.co.uk/form-chiltern-league/ (If you are in the under 11 age group you don’t need a UK athletics number – just leave that bit of the form blank.)

Please remember to plan on arriving at the venue one hour before your race time and register with us at least 45 minutes before to collect your number. Juniors are asked to return your number to us for safe keeping after they have run.

There will be no chip timing this year and results will be available on the Chiltern League website by noon on Sunday.

The ground at Oxford is generally quite firm at this time of year, so we would suggest trail trainers with good grip or short XC running spikes. Everybody should run in a St Albans AC vest and any U20 Men & Seniors should run in a Striders vest. If you need a vest – please go to the KIT PAGE on our website and contact our kit secretary.

The facilities at Horspath are quite limited so suggest you bring pre / post-race snacks and drinks along with spare dry clothes, waterproofs and footwear.  Please note anyone who may need medication urgently e.g. inhalers, epi-pen etc., should run with this on their person. You can buy lightweight running sleeve pockets or belts to keep these items in. Please don’t rely on medication being in a bag near the start or with a parent – as if you need the meds at a distant point on the course where you are out of sight, the chance of getting the medication to you quickly is limited. Oxford seems to location where people often do need their inhalers and the paramedics request we remind athletes to run with any medications.

If it’s your first time running in the Chiltern League please read our First Timers XC guide and Chiltern League instructions on our website https://www.stalbansac.co.uk/middledistance/

The timetable with age groups and distances are below plus directions.

Course Maps of the courses are available here: https://www.chilternccl.co.uk/19chilt1courses.pdf

Parking – please note that there is not sufficient parking at Horspath, so competitors should all park in the BMW/Mini car park, gate 7, and walk the final 400 yards to the Horspath recreation ground.  See attached map. 
Use BMW MINI Plant Oxford, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 6NL

Getting to the Horspath Track:  Parking: BMW MINI Plant Oxford, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 6NL Gate 7

By car from South-East
At M25 Junction 16 / M40 Junction 1a turn left (west) onto M40 direction Oxford. At Junction 8 leave M40 onto A40 direction Oxford.
At Headington roundabout turn left (south) onto A4142.  At 3rd set of traffic lights (you will see the Plant in front of you and on the left), turn left into Horspath Road.  Enter main car park via Gate 7.

By public transport
From the City Centre, Queen Street by Carfax Tower. Take the bus no 10 (every 15mins, journey time approx 30 mins). Off the bus at Horspath Road, cross the Ring Road at the pedestrian crossing. Continue down the Horspath Road for 250m. The Horspath sports ground is on the left.

By car from North
At M40 Junction 8A take the turn off towards A40. Take the A40 in the direction Oxford (approx. 5 miles). At the Headington roundabout, turn left (South onto A4142). At 3rd set of traffic lights (you will see the plant in front of you and on the left), turn left. Enter main car park via Gate 7.

By car from South-West
Exit J13 of M4 via A34 to Oxford. At the ring road follow direction M40 (A40). You will see the plant on your right-hand side; at the traffic lights turn right. Enter main car park via Gate 7.

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