Would you like to enter County, Southern & National XC Championships?
Now is the time to enter the annual Cross-Country Championship events. Please could all our athletes complete the online St Albans Entry Form NOW or before Sunday 1st December. We would like all our members to take part in the Herts Champs as it’s very close. Southern Champs is on the iconic Parliament Hill course in Hampstead this year and very accessible by public transport so we hope those of you old enough will give it a go!
All members above the minimum age specified are able to enter these events and you will find a mix of ability levels. We will have team coaches present at each event to help with course familiarisation and warm up. We do recommend that if you wish to take part in these events you attend a minimum of two club sessions a week or the equivalent elsewhere and if you can only attend one group session, then add your own run into your training schedule.
We would appreciate if all our regular XC athletes would complete the entry form, even if you are not available to race – please tick the ‘NO’ box, so we can avoid chasing people unnecessarily. Then you will need to transfer to the payment page which will let you pay via PayPal or Credit Card. Only fully paid entries will be processed – so please have your details and payment details ready.
More information about each event is below and a table of run distances and start times.
Please click the link below to complete the entry form for all 3 events:
Hertfordshire XC County Championships –Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage
Sunday 5th January 2020, 10am – 3.00pm, Entry Cost £5 – ENTER NOW!
School Year 5 / U11 & upwards
This event is smaller than a Chiltern League Race as only Hertfordshire residents can take part – and we have a great track record of winning teams across age groups. Please don’t be put off by the name and afraid to try this race if you are new to XC – it’s a perfect first-timers event. We would appreciate if our members could prioritise attendance at this race over other sports for this one day each year.
Three per team to score in all junior teams, 4 to score for Senior Women and 6 for Senior Men. Top finishers at this event (U13 & above) have to chance to be invited to represent Hertfordshire at the Inter-County Championships on 7th March at Prestwold near Loughborough.
Southern Counties XC Championships, Parliament Hill, Hampstead, London
Saturday 25th January, 10am – 4pm, Entry Cost £7 – ENTER NOW!
U13’s / School Year 7 & upwards
Given it is so close this year – we would suggest as many members as possible enter. The iconic course at Parliament Hill is challenging and the terrain is different every year depending on recent weather. You are guaranteed to feel a great sense of achievement completing this event overlooking the London skyline. Great for creating memories! 4 in a team to score, 6 in Senior Men’s team to score.
Public Transport – Train or Underground recommended – Hampstead Heath is readily accessible from the tube and train stations – so you can compress your day to suit the times of those running. Just remember to pack bin bags and spare clothes & footwear.
National XC Championships, Nottingham
Saturday 22nd February, 10am – 4pm, Entry Cost £9 – ENTER NOW!
U13’s / School Year 7 & upwards
Whilst this is a competitive event with some amazingly fast runners, there is a complete mix of abilities and over the last few years members of all abilities have enjoyed competing at National Champs and gained valuable experience. 4 in a team to score with the exception of Junior Women – 3 to score & Senior Men’s 6 to score.
We plan to have a coach to take the team to Nottingham and back which will be subsidised and supporters are also welcome on the coach.
Please check Website & Facebook Groups
For the latest information including occasional extra training sessions, fixture details and maps please do join and check in regularly with the website & FB groups.
- St Albans Cross Country & Middle-Distance Facebook Group
- St Albans Athletic Club Facebook Page
- St Albans AC Track & Field Facebook Group
Club Training Sessions
- Monday: 7.00pm Gym Circuits at Westminster Lodge for Year 7 & up
- Tuesday: 6-7pm for competing XC / Middle Distance athletes
- Thursday: Year 6 & below 6.30-7.30pm / Year 7 & above 7.30-8.45pm
- Saturday: Occasional sessions in Verulam Park – see Facebook
- Sunday: Track Sessions: 10-11am / 11 – 12 noon
- Sunday: Afternoon Family Run: Time dependent on season / light
Contacts – any queries please email one of us!
Deborah Steer – Coach & XC / Middle Distance Team Manager
M: 07947 074285
H: 01727 841929
Adrian Pattison – Coach
Steve Bowran – Coach
James McDonald – Coach
Fiona Turner – XC & Middle-Distance Team Logistics
M: 07731 088988
H: 01707 323906