EVENTS, FIXTURES, RESULTS – CROSS COUNTRY & MIDDLE DISTANCE

FIXTURES – The fixtures table below shows the races we enter as a club. If you have any questions, please contact us. If you are able to help out at any of the fixtures, please let the team manager know; we are always looking for volunteers to help with transporting and erecting the team gazebo, admin, managing the teams, etc.

ANTI-DOPING RULES – All entrants shall be deemed to have made themselves familiar with and agreed to be bound by the UKA Anti-Doping Rules and to submit to the authority of UK Anti-Doping in the application and enforcement of the Anti-Doping Rules. The UKA Anti-Doping Rules apply to entrants participating in the sport of Athletics, for 12 months from the date of entry, whether or not the entrant is a citizen of, or resident in, the UK.

Road and Cross Country Relays

We attend a number of road and xc relays each year. Teams of 3-4 people compete over short distances offering a great opportunity to get to know others in the club and have fun racing. 
Teams: under 13, 15, 17, 20 & seniors
What to do: Open to all club members of all abilities. Please see links below for sign up forms.

View the fixtures table below for links to book.

For 2022, sign up here.

 

 

Chiltern League

The Chiltern League comprises of clubs from Herts, Beds and Bucks and is open to all abilities. Men, women, boys and girls race separately depending upon age group. The scores from all races are combined to reach our league position. Please ensure you have completed the registration form before attending a match.  TO SIGN UP, SEE FIXTURES TABLE BELOW.

Registration opening soon!

Race day schedule:

  • 11.30 under 11 girls, 2000m
  • 11.45 under 11 boys, 2000m
  • 12.00 under 13 girls, 2500-3000m
  • 12.15 under 13 boys, 2500-3000m
  • 12.30 under 15 girls, 4000-4500m
  • 12.45 under 15 boys, 4000-4500m
  • 13.00 under 20/17 ladies, 4500-5000m
  • 13.15 senior ladies, 5500-6000m
  • 13.40 under 17 men, 5500-6000m
  • 14.00 senior men. 8000-10000m

Instructions:

  • If you are new to cross country or the club, both runners and those accompanying please read our First Timers Guide a few days before.
  • Please always aim to arrive at the SAAC table / tent one hour before your race.
  • Upon arrival, please check in on the register for your age group & collect your number, complete the emergency contact details on the reverse and attach this to your running vest immediately. If you are not allocated a number on the register, please see the St Albans co-ordinator. Your age group team will depart on a course familiarization 45 minutes before your race. If you are later arriving, please sort out your own course reccie.
  • We suggest you get to the start line a minimum of 5 minutes beforehand, in your running kit. Remember to carry any medication you might need on your person – in a pocket, waist belt or arm pocket. Medication is of no use in a red stripy bag back in the tent or someone’s handbag which could be 2km away. Give any surplus kit to a parent or team coach. Please avoid pushing and jostling for your preferred position on the start line – this is not a 100m dash
    and it’s better to start safely and relaxed a couple of steps back or further along the line. Team mates should not link arms and have no need to be together on the start line.
  • After the race, please return to the St Albans tent and have a brief chat with a coach. For Chiltern League races you keep the same Tyvek number for the season. This means for future races you must not forget to bring the number.
  • Wrap up warm & do a proper cool down with your team mates. Then get something to eat & drink. Please dispose of any safety pins, tape & food waste safely and tidily – don’t drop them on the ground! Before leaving, please try to have a chat with a coach or coordinator to let us know how your race went.
  • Please check you have all your belongings and take home the correct muddy footwear! Please clean your own kit as soon as you get home and store your number safely for the next race. If you lose your number or it gets eaten by the dog its essential you let us know well before the next race and you will need to arrive extra early with £5 in cash.

TO SIGN UP, SEE FIXTURES TABLE BELOW

Website: www.chilternccl.co.uk

Cross Country Championships

Hertfordshire County Cross Country Championships – Individual and county medals up for grabs here and the chance to qualify to represent Herts in future races. All age groups from under 11.

www.hertscaaa.org.uk/index.htm

Southerns – Regional event made up of clubs from the south of England. Under 13 upwards.

www.seaa.org.uk

National Cross Country Championships – Prestigious and historic event which clubs across England take part in. Under 13 upwards.

www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk

Registration opening soon! – see below.

 

First timer guide to Cross Country

Cross Country can be a little daunting the first time and we would like you to have fun racing as part of the team – so please do ask other members if there is anything of which you are unsure. There are no expectations – so please take your first races steady until you get used to the distances and terrain with the aim of just finishing the race.  Please remember to sign up to events by the deadline and let us know if you no longer intend to come. Please do not attend if you are not feeling fit and well or have tested positive for Covid19.

Aim to arrive one hour before your race time to ensure you have enough time to familiarize yourself with the course and warm up. Please always check in with the St Albans team upon arrival and again after your race before leaving. We try to have a coach on hand to do a course reccie & warm-up with members and post race to have a brief chat.

For racing you will need a St Albans Athletic Vest and suitable well-fitting footwear – either cross country spikes (with typically 6mm – 15mm spikes) or cross-country trainers with good grip. Most of the courses get very muddy and slippery and you may have to run through water.  We suggest running shorts or leggings and sometimes if it’s cold you might want a base layer underneath, but beware you can get very warm running. Some people like to put duct tape over their laces to keep them secure.

If you have medication such as inhalers or EpiPen’s that you may need it is recommended to have these with you on the run – either in a waist belt, arm pocket or somewhere on your person. In an emergency it is no use medication being in a heap of bags in the tent or someone’s handbag!

Before and after the race you will need warm clothing such as track pants, hoodie and maybe a waterproof coat, hat and gloves. Wellies, walking boots or another pair of trainers are good for walking the course. We try to walk to key elements of the course 45 minutes before as an age group team and then warm up. Be at the start line at least 5 minutes beforehand ready to race but keep warm – pass any surplus clothing to a team supporter just before.

Please bring water, hand sanitizer, pre and post-race snacks, any required medication and maybe a flask of a warm drink for later. Plastic bags to take away muddy gear, tissues and wet wipes are essential and you might want to bring something to protect the inside of your car. Supporters will also need suitable footwear! Avoid bringing any clothing or footwear you don’t want to get muddy. You may also like a camp chair and or ground sheet / pop up shelter – but be aware it can be a long walk from / to the carpark.

After the race, please remember to put warm clothes on and do a proper cool down. Then have something to eat and drink.  As soon as you get home, please clean your kit – as then you will find any problems such as missing spikes or holes before you race again and won’t have to put muddy, wet or mouldy kit on next time you run!

RACE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHILTERN LEAGUE– PLEASE READ!

Fixtures Table

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DateEvent/LinkAge GroupsLocationSign UpResults
Saturday
24/02/24
*CANCELLED*
ECCA National XC Champs
-DETAILS
-ENTRIES LIST
u13 - senior/vetsWeston Park, StaffordshireSIGN UPComing soon
Saturday
09/03/24
CAU Championships
(& Cross Challenge Final)
Prestwold Hall, LoughboroughQualification via Herts CountiesComing soon
Saturday
6/03/24
English Schools' AA Cross Country ChampionshipsPontefract, YorkshireQualification via Herts SchoolsComing soon
Tuesday
19/03/24
Cross Country & MD End of Season Celebration Evening

5.30pm-Training @OA
6.30pm-Food/drink
7pm-Awards
Athletes & families welcomeOld Albanian Rugby Club, AL3 6BBSign up form coming soon - £5/person