The first of four rounds in the Isle of Man Athletics Cross Country League, sponsored by Law Trust, takes place at Castle Rushen High School in Castletown on Sunday 13th October, with the first race getting underway at 2pm. This round is organised by Manx Harriers.
The course is on agricultural land alongside the school which is fairly flat although the surface is uneven in places. The senior races will be run over slightly reduced distances for the first round, with mileages increasing later in the season.
The senior, veteran and junior men’s race will be over three full laps of the course, a distance of approximately 8.5 kilometres. The senior, veteran and junior women, and under-17 men, will race over two full laps, a distance of around 5.7 kilometres.
The minimum age for competitors is seven years on the day of a race.
Two pre-race registration sessions will take place on Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th October from 6pm to 8pm in the Manx Harriers Clubhouse at the National Sports Centre in Douglas. Registration will also be available at Castle Rushen High School on Sunday from 1pm to 2pm, but you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Wednesday and Friday registration sessions to save time on race day. Full season packages are available for a slightly reduced cost.
Last season saw record entries for a four-race season, and bumper entry levels are expected again as well as fast and exciting racing. There is quality in depth throughout the age groups andthere should be some excellent competition all through the season.