Round 3 of the Isle of Man Cross Country League sponsored by Law Trust, takes place at Port-e-Chee Meadow near Braddan Bridge on the outskirts of Douglas on the afternoon of Sunday 5th December. This round is organised by Manx Harriers, with race HQ being at Douglas Rugby Club. The first race gets underway at 1pm.
On this occasion we do not have the use of the main clubhouse as there is an event on, so our tuck shop and race HQ will be at the back of the clubhouse in the store room. All will be signposted on the day. Also all outside toilets will be open to us but not those in the main building. Spectators and athletes must be prepared to park in field Y (see course map) off the racing line, and obey marshals’ instructions as you leave the site. There will be parking in the car park but probably not enough for everyone due to the Christmas event. An alternative is to park in the vicinity of the NSC and walk up the road from Quarter Bridge.
The course is largely on agricultural grassland which is fairly flat with one hill on each long lap. The senior races will be run over slightly longer distances than for the first round.
The senior, veteran and junior men’s race will be over one short lap and three full laps of the course, a distance of approximately 10 kilometres. The senior, veteran and junior women, and under-17 men, will race over one short lap and two full laps, a distance of around seven kilometres. The minimum age for competitors in the under-nine races is seven years on the day of the race.
If you have not yet competed in the series you will need to enter online by midnight on Friday – the link is https://manxfellrunners.org/iomxc-entry-2021-2022. There are no entries on the day. If you have not already paid for this round you need to do so by bank transfer (details on the entry form), or by cash or by cheque payable to IOM Athletics Association at the Rugby Club between 12 noon and 1pm on Sunday.
Those who have already competed in the series should wear the same race number. If you have lost your number, a replacement is available from registration from 12 noon to 1pm for a small charge. If you have your race number and have already paid your entry you do not need to attend the registration desk.
Timetable and approximate distances are as follows:
12 noon – Course open for inspection
1.00pm – Under 9 Boys, 900 metres (1 short lap, field X)
1.05pm – Under 9 Girls, 900 metres (1 short lap, field X)
1.10pm – Under 11 Boys, 1,800 metres (2 short laps, field X)
1.20pm – Under 11 Girls, 1,800 metres (2 short laps, field X)
1.30pm – Under 13 Boys & Girls, Short Course, 3,000 metres (1 large lap, fields XYZ)
1.45pm – Under 15 Boys and Girls, 3,900 metres (1 short lap, 1 large lap, fields XXYZ)
2.10pm – Under 17 Men & Women, 6,000 metres (2 large laps, fields XYZXYZ)
2.10pm – Junior, Senior, Veteran Women, 6,900 metres (1 short lap, 2 large laps, fields XXYZXYZ)
2.10pm – Junior, Senior, Veteran Men, 9,900 metres (1 short lap, 3 large laps, fields XXYZXYZXYZ)
Please report to the start line of your race at least five minutes before the start time. Spectators please keep off the racing line and obey instructions from marshals.