The season gets underway with the first race on a new course at Port-e-Chee Meadow on Sunday 11th October hosted by Manx Harriers. Whilst the course is new to most of the present runners it was used back in the early 80s (nearly 40 years ago). Some of the older runners may recall it being used for school and league races. On this occasion there are no river crossings but flat fast running on agricultural grassland with one hill on each long lap. There will also be a change to the starting times for all of the events this season with signing on being from 11.30am with the first races for under 9s setting off at 1pm. The reason for the change is to allow more time for the full schedule of events and also an earlier finish – especially needed in December and January. The race registration will be at the Douglas Rugby Club Clubhouse (near Braddan Bridge on the TT Course) as will changing rooms, toilets and refreshments.
The rest of the season follows a familiar pattern with Western AC hosting round 2 at QE2 High School in Peel on Sunday 1st November followed by round 3 being hosted by Northern AC on the 6th December at Crossag’s Farm in Ramsey. The final fixture, which doubles up and the Isle of Man Championships, is scheduled for Sunday 17th January, hosted by Manx Harriers, and it is hoped it will be at Port-e-Chee, however, this is not yet confirmed. More details to follow on this, or the new course to be used, over time!!! Athletes are reminded that they need to finish 3 out of the 4 league races to complete the league.
As usual athletes can sign up early for the league on two signing on nights on Wednesday and Friday 7th and 9th of October between 6pm and 8pm at Manx Harriers Clubhouse. Athletes and parents are advised to sign up in advance for the league as this will save much time on the day of the race and avoid any queueing or the possibility of missing a race start. The entry fee for an individual event is £6 for seniors and £4 for juniors. The unattached seniors entry fee is £8. It is cheaper to enter the series with the costs being £20 for seniors, £12 for juniors and £28 unattached. Athletes are reminded that their number is to be used in all 4 leagues races so must be looked after. Replacement numbers will have a £2 charge.
Here is the Entry Form
Whilst it looks unlikely there will be much Cross Country action in the UK this year we hope to see a bumper season with big fields and competitive racing in the Law Trust Cross Country League as well as new courses to add a little extra spice. Thanks must be expressed in advance to Douglas RUFC and the land owner and farmer for use of Port-e-Chee in October. Also to our sponsors Law Trust for their much valued support.