Cross- Country Leagues – Background
Settle Harriers is predominantly a fell-running club located in a fell-running area. However, a number of our juniors also take part in cross-country races either for their schools or for Settle Harriers. Cross country is an excellent way for our youngsters to develop strength and stamina and particularly improve their speed as the courses tend to be faster and less hilly than the fell races they do most of the year.
For the last few years the club has entered a few interested juniors in the West Yorkshire Cross-Country League which has 4 fixtures between October and December. This season’s dates/venues are shown at the bottom of this email. Races are for the following age-groups – U11, U13, U15, U17, U20 & senior (ages as at 1/9/18) and there are separate races for girls and boys. Under 11s must be aged at least 9 on the date of the 1st meeting.
Entries have to be made via the club and cost £12 per athlete (for the 4 fixtures) and athletes also have to be registered with England Athletics (fee £15) which again has to be done through the club.
Contact Andy Evans firstname.lastname@example.org if your child would like to enter the WY league again. Please act soon as entries close on the 6th October.
A few juniors, have found it more convenient to take part in Mid Lancs Cross-Country League fixtures. There are 6 fixtures from October to March. Individuals can enter these races on the day and runs as “guests”. Settle Harriers is not affiliated to this league (although we could affiliate in the future if there was sufficient interest). You do still have to be registered with England Athletics though (£15 fee) even to run as a guest. The age-groups are the same as the WYL but minimum age is 8 rather than 9. A disadvantage of the Mid Lancs league is that the post-Christmas fixtures fall on the same weekends as Kendal Winter League (fell) fixtures which are very well supported and popular with our juniors.
What we need to know…….
Please contact Andy if your child wants to take part in either of these leagues this season. We can then help you through the England Athletics registration process for your child. For the West Yorkshire League, entries for the first fixture close very soon (on 6th October), so please contact us very soon if your child wants to take part.
The fixture dates & venues for the leagues are given below.
West Yorkshire Cross-Country League ( www.westyorkshireathletics.org.uk. )
Sun 21 October – Spenborough
Sun 4 November – Nunroyd Pk, Leeds
Sun 18 November – Wakefield
Sat 8 December – Keighley
Mid Lancs Cross-Country League dates can be found here http://www.midlancs.org.uk/XC/xcframe.htm