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Nov
19
Sat
Sherman Cup/Davison Shield at Temple Park @ Temple Park, South Shields
Nov 19 all-day
Sherman Cup/Davison Shield at Temple Park @ Temple Park, South Shields | South Shields | England | United Kingdom
This is a special match, associated with, but not part of, the harrier league series. Your number will be the number you have used for the harrier league matches – please don’t forget it! The teams with the most points in each age group will win either the Sherman Cup (men) or the Davison Shield (women’s competition), so it’s important to compete if you’re available.

Don’t forget to bring your Birtley vest, spikes if you have them, safety pins, a bag for your muddy things afterwards, and most important of all,  YOUR NUMBER! If you have already competed in a harrier league event, you will already have your number – this will be your number for the whole Harrier season so please look after it! If this is your first event of the season, you will be given a number by one of our coaches when you arrive, or it will be in the club tent ready for collection – look out for the Birtley flag flying outside!

If this is your first cross-country, you will find some useful advice on what to bring, wear etc. here..

The timetable is likely to be the same as the harrier league, but details will be provided nearer to the date.
Dec
10
Sat
North Eastern XC Championships 2016 @ Durham County Hall
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am
Birtley entrants

u11s:- George Beevers, Gabriel Curtis, Thomas Francis, Matthew Drummond, Joseph Perkins, Emily Bone, Eva Grace Williams, Hannah Wilson, Daisy Graham, Maggie Graham.

u13 girls:- Amy Drummond, Katie Francis, Tess Graham, Caitlin Johnston, Lauren Kelsall, Elizabeth McKinnon, Scarlett Newby, Mia Openshaw, Abigail Thwaites, Ellie-Mae White.

u13 boys:- Harry Cole, Sam Hutchinson, Rowan Mason, Thomas Millmore, Robbie Mumford, Chris Perkins.

u15 girls:- Sophie Bell, Chloe Louise Fairclough, Eve Southern.

u15 boys:- Dillon Openshaw

u17 women:- Grace Curtis, Amy Jack, Hannah Short.

u20 women:- Sophie Burnett, Kate Waugh.

Senior Women:- Shannel Curtis, Lorna Graham, Chloe Price, Lisa Short, Kirsty Walker.

Senior men:- Phil Atkinson, Adrian Bailes, Brian Bailes, Conna Carruthers, Neil Casson, David Cleugh, David Coulson, Peter Farnie, David Francis, Peter Gill, Mark Hornsby, Jeff Johnston, Glen Logan, Barry Murray, Nick Newby, Karl Oakes, Darren Purvis, Kieran Reay, Iain Turnbull, Rob Wilson.

NON-CHAMPIONSHIP U11 RACES: Entries will be taken on the day (£2), so don’t worry if you missed the sign up sheet at the club, no later than 10.05am in the Reception area in County Hall. Further information from Vicki Thompson (NEHL).

TIMETABLES

U11B 10.35, U11G 10.40.

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Beautifully drawn map of North Easterns course at Aykley Heads, courtesy of Elvet Strider Juliet Percival.

CAR AND COACH PARKING + Additional Information

Race Parking is at Durham County Hall car park only. It’s free and only 400m from the start – please do not park anywhere else, please do not try to park closer to the course as you will be charged, or worse, and we could lose this venue! There will be plenty of parking for everybody at County Hall but please car share & obey the car park marshals! NB coaches / mini buses – please park in the nearby DLI Museum car park (see link to map below for location).

Tent drop off:- We have a tent drop off point adjacent to the course. Go north from the County Hall roundabout on the B.6532, turn right at the next roundabout, straight over at the next roundabout & then follow the signs. Only use this if your tent is very heavy! There is absolutely no parking for competitors here and it is not a drop off point for latecomers. Tents must be left with the tent drop off marshals and competitors return to County Hall to park.

Registration (for u/11s) & Race Number collection (TEAM MANAGERS ONLY) is in County Hall reception area – use the main entrance to County Hall.

Toilets are located in County Hall foyer and there will be portaloos close to the race start area. Do not enter County Hall in muddy shoes – they won’t let us come back next year if you do!

The course is walking distance from County Hall car park (follow the signs) & is on the former Durham Constabulary playing fields.

Directions to County Hall County Hall is a major landmark in Durham and many of you will already know where it is and how to get there. There are frequent trains to Durham from Newcastle and Darlington. The station is around half a mile from the course (see link to map) – please use public transport where possible! If you must come by car then directions are as follows:

Travelling south (e.g. from Newcastle):Use the A1M and turn off at Junction 62 (signposted for Durham & Sunderland). At the top of the slip road turn right at the roundabout joining the A690 into Durham. At the next roundabout (where the dual carriageway ends)stay on the A690 & follow signs to City Centre & Consett (straight over). At the next roundabout stay on the A690 & follow signs for Crook, Consett & County Hall (straight over – but get in the outside lane). At the next traffic lights turn right signposted for Consett, Chester-Le- St & County Hall. Turn right at the next roundabout into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

Travelling north (e.g. from Darlington):Use the A1M and turn off at Junction 62 (signposted for Durham & Sunderland). At the top of the slip road turn left at the roundabout joining the A690 into Durham. At the next roundabout (where the dual carriageway ends)stay on the A690 & follow signs to City Centre & Consett (straight over). At the next roundabout stay on the A690 & follow signs for Crook, Consett & County Hall (straight over – but get in the outside lane). At the next traffic lights turn right signposted for Consett, Chester-Le- St & County Hall. Turn right at the next roundabout into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

Travelling west (e.g. from Sunderland) Use the A690 from Sunderland or from the A19 for Durham. At the junction of the A690 and A.1m go straight over staying on the A690 into Durham. At the next roundabout (where the dual carriageway ends) stay on the A690 & follow signs to City Centre & Consett (straight over). At the next roundabout stay on the A690 & follow signs for Crook, Consett & County Hall (straight over – but get in the outside lane). At the next traffic lights turn right signpostedfor Consett, Chester-Le- St & County Hall. Turn right at the next roundabout into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

Travelling East (e.g. from Crook) Use the A690 from Crook to Durham. At the Neville’s Cross traffic lights turn left onto the A167. At the first roundabout turn right (4th exit) following signs for City Centre. At the next roundabout go straight over. At the next roundabout go straight over into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

GENERAL

Programmes (£1.00) will be available on the course. Results will also be available from the tent and also posted on the NECAA website.

Refreshments and Start Fitness sales available. First aid and a lost children area will be at the Derwentside AC club tent.
Jan
15
Sun
Durham Relays 2017 @ Maiden Castle Sports Centre
Jan 15 @ 10:15 am
IMPORTANT UPDATE! Please note that due to the recent weather conditions the location for the Durham Cathedral XC Relays event has been moved to the University’s Playing Fields behind the Maiden Castle Sports Centre. The course will remain as 2 laps of flat grass terrain, totalling ~3,000m. All events and timings remain unchanged and will go ahead as previously advertised. The Start/Finish will be positioned on the field immediately across the wooden footbridge that leads from the Sports Centre/Boathouse to the playing fields. Toilets and refreshments will be available in the Sports Centre.

PARKING: Parking at the Sports Centre is available for race officials, marshalls, helpers and those dropping off club tents. All other athletes/supporters should park in the City as if using the original course – the new location is only a short distance further along the river from the Racecourse.

This event also includes the NEMAA Relay Champs. Click on the pic below for full details.

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Location of venue here. Map of last year’s course (should be similar!) here.
Jan
28
Sat
Northern XC Champs – CHANGE IN PICKUP TIME @ Knowsley Safari Park
Jan 28 all-day
This is an important event in the cross-country calendar – we encourage all of our athletes to enter.

The coach will be picking up outside Birtley Leisure Centre as usual – please arrive in time for a 6.30am departure. This is to ensure roadworks near the venue don’t cause us to miss the u17s race at 11am, also allowing time for a warmup and numbers collection. For this travelling by car, this traffic link may be useful.

Timetable of events
  • 11.00am u17 Women 5.3K – FOUR to score for team trophy
  • 11.35am Junior Women 5.8K – THREE to score
  • 11.55am Under 13 Girls 3K – FOUR to score
  • 12.10pm u17 Men 5.8K – FOUR to score
  • 12.40pm u13 Boys 3K – FOUR to score
  • 12.55pm u15 Girls 4K – FOUR to score
  • 1.20pm u15 Boys 4K – FOUR to score
  • 1.40pm Junior Men 8K – FOUR to score
  • 2.15pm Senior Women 8K – FOUR to score
  • 3.05pm Senior Men 12K – SIX to score


  • Parking
    Parking will be within the confines of Knowsley Safari Park. There will be a £5 parking fee on arrival and that will allow access to the facilities around the car parking area. For an additional fee of £5.00 a full car can go around the Safari Drive: check on closing times.

    Changing facilities
    There are Changing Rooms situated at the front of the sea lion house for males and females. There are no shower facilities.

    Registration
    Registration will be in a large marquee in front of the main restaurant and will be signposted. Team Managers ONLY to collect chips and numbers. (See map below) Please note that registration will be open from 9.30 am for collection of numbers for U13 B&G; U15 B&G; U17 M&W; U20 M&W. Senior Men’s and Women’s numbers will be available from 12.30pm onwards. Event programmes and camera registration will also be located at this point.

    Presentation
    Individual presentations will take place after each race. Team presentations will be made as soon as results are available. All presentations will be announced over the PA System

    On Course
    Any emergency announcements will be made from the PA System. Staff from Remote Medical Services will be on site throughout the day. Lost children must be taken to the PA area and will only be allowed to leave once staff are satisfied that responsibility has been established. The site is fully accessible to people with disabilities, the course is not. This is due to the undulating topography of the cross-country course, the main toilet block that are fully accessible are located by the restaurant near to the main car park, and there are others approx. 150m before the course. In addition there are additional toilets on the road leading to the Safari Drive. Please ensure that all mobility vehicles (eg wheelchairs) remain on paths and walkways at all times.
    Athletes should both bring and wear suitable clothing and footwear.
    A specific site for club tents will be situated near to the start area and will be cordoned off.

    Travel Directions
    Access to the site is via the dual carriageway (A58) towards St Helens and is easily accessible via Jct 2 of the M57 motorway. If travelling from the North or North East most probably you would travel down the M62 to Jct 6 (M57) and follow the above directions. Knowsley Safari Park is signposted from Jct 2 of the M57.

    Dogs
    Since the 1st of June 2015, pet dogs haven’t been allowed in any areas of the safari park. They do however provide basic accommodation for your dog should you wish to bring them on your trip. Assistance dogs are allowed access to pedestrian areas but not the animal areas. They are not allowed in the safari drive for safety reasons. Please see link re kennels etc.

    Other Considerations

    We are invited guests by Lord Derby to use the grounds of Knowsley Safari Park. As with all such facilities athletes and spectators are asked to respect their right to use the area. DO NOT WARM UP TOWARDS THE AREA OF THE SAFARI PARK. Receptacles will be provided for litter, please ensure that these are used and that as little debris as possible is left on site.

    The Course
    Course maps will be displayed on the day and in the event programme. The course will be open for inspection between 0930 and 10.00am. Chip timing will be used. Team managers & athletes are asked to ensure that the correct chip is allocated and is securely and correctly fixed to the athlete’s ankle.

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    Coursecopy
    Feb
    25
    Sat
    National XC Championships @ Wollaton Park
    Feb 25 all-day
    National XC Championships @ Wollaton Park | England | United Kingdom
    This is an important event in the cross-country calendar – we encourage all of our athletes to enter. Free transport will be provided – please indicate on the entry form (on club noticeboard) whether you’d be interested in a place on the team coach. If you can’t make the club but would like to be entered, please email or text me using the details given above.

    Timetable of events
  • 11.00am u17 Women 5K – FOUR to score for team trophy
  • 11.25am u15 Boys 4.5K – FOUR to score
  • 11.45am Junior Women 6K – THREE to score
  • 12.15pm u13 Girls 3K – FOUR to score
  • 12.35pm u17 Men 6K – FOUR to score
  • 1.00pm u15 Girls 4K – FOUR to score
  • 1.20pm Junior Men 10K – FOUR to score
  • 2.05pm u13 Boys 3K – FOUR to score
  • 2.20pm Senior Women 8K – FOUR to score
  • 3.00pm Senior Men 12K – SIX to score
  • Directions for cars
    There will be two entrances in use for cars.The main entrance on the day will be accessed off Middleton Boulevard (NG8 1BT) and the directions to this gate are as follows:-From the West, M1 Junction 25 follow A52 into Nottingham for 3 miles.At Priory Island (Toby Inn), continue straight on A52, Wollaton Park is on your left and the University of Nottingham is on the right for 3/4 mile until you reach the Nottingham Ring Road. At the island bear left signed Mansfield A60 / M1 North onto the slip road for A6514 ring road for 100 yards. Wollaton Park Gate is left off the slip road and will be signed.

    From the South, M1 Junction 24 take A453 for 6 miles into Nottingham passing Trent University Campus on the left. ¼ mile after NTU, downhill, straight on at the next major cross road / traffic lights. After 200 yards get in right hand lane. The road rises and curves left and merges with A52 over CliftonBridge / River Trent following main ring road signed M1 North / A60 Mansfield. 400 yards further on Showcase Cinema is on the left. Get in middle lane which leads onto the flyover and goes over the flyover in the left lane. University on the left, QMC hospital on the right.Exit left up A52 slip road and get in middle lane at Island. Straight on over island and back onto slip road for 100 yards. Wollaton Park Gate is left off the slip road and will be signed.

    From the East A52 as above from Clifton Bridge.From the North M1 Junction 26 follow A610 into Nottingham for 3 miles. Turn right onto A6514 ring road signed Derby A52 / Birmingham A453. After 1 mile follow ring road around “Crown” island (Crown Pub on right) follow ring road a further ½ mile and bear left up slip road for A52, right lane, U turn round island and go back down slip road 100 yards. Wollaton Park Gate is left off slip road and will be signed.

    Alternatively…Early arrivals and all “Club Tent Permit” holders can go to the usual “Main Entrance” on Wollaton Road which is well sign posted off the A609 Ilkeston Road, (NG8 2AE). This will only remain open to cars for a limited time until the lower car parks are full (Estimate 10am). After this all cars must go to the Middleton Boulevard gate as above.

    Note: There are major road works on all of these approach roads and delays will be inevitable as the day progresses. Also the entrances to Wollaton Park are relatively narrow and given the volume of traffic predicted there will be delays again due to slow moving traffic. Please arrive early and allow plenty of time. A453 from M1 Junction 24 – road widening – 6 milesA52 from M1 Junction 25 – road works to accommodate new tram link – 1 mileA6514 – road works – layout improvement 1 mile From A610 – 1 mile. Please check the ECCA or Notts AC websites prior to travelling for last minute information

    . The Car Park fee for the day is £5.00. Parking immediately outside the park and surrounding streets will be prohibited. Cars parked illegally will be lifted and taken to the Nottingham City Council compound. Coaches / Minibuses should use only the Main Entrance on Wollaton Road (NG8 2AE) (off Ilkeston Road A609) and show “parking permit” clearly in windscreen to assist stewards and prevent queuing on the road. No permit No entry. Public Transport From Nottingham Railway Station walk 200 yards to Broad Marsh Bus Station. The Trent Barton “Indigo” bus leaves every 10 minutes. Get off at Queens Medical Centre, walk 100 yards uphill to traffic island turn right along the left hand side of Middleton Boulevard for 100 yards to Wollaton Park gates and follow signs. There are also Nottingham City Transport buses numbers 30, 35 and 36 which leave Victoria Bus Station (10 minute walk) and stop outside the Wollaton Road (Main) entrance.

    Mar
    4
    Sat
    Harrier League Match 6, Alnwick @ Alnwick
    Mar 4 all-day
    The sixth and final Harrier league match of the season takes place at Alnwick, in view of the majestic castle. For parking come off the A1 at the Denwick turn off and turn left at the junction. A little way along is the Alnwick Gardens overflow car park, £2 per car. Please, please don’t park on the grass verge!!! Please car-share where possible to save on parking and money! The course is located on the land over the river from the castle, between the B1340 and the B6341. For further info see Alnwick Harrier info at bottom of page. This is quite a challenging course, with plenty of hills and obstacles such as molehills, mud and tree-roots!


    • 12:15 – U11 Boys and Girls
    • 12:25 – U13 Boys
    • 12:35 – U13 Girls
    • 12:45 – U15 Boys
    • 12:55 – U15 Girls
    • 13:05 – 13:10 – U17 & u20 Women
    • 13:10 – 13:15 – Senior & Veteran Women
    • 13:50 – 14:00 – U17 Men
    • 14:15 – 14:25 – Senior & Veteran Men
    • These times are APPROXIMATE – at all times pay attention for the Starter’s whistles for call up to your particular event.
    Don’t forget to bring your Birtley vest, spikes if you have them, safety pins, a bag for your muddy things afterwards, and most important of all,  YOUR NUMBER! If you have already competed in a harrier league event or the Sherman Cup in October, you will already have your Harrier League number – this will be your number for the whole Harrier season so please look after it! If this is your first event of the season, you will be given a number by one of our coaches when you arrive, or it will be in the club tent ready for collection – look out for the Birtley flag flying outside!

    If this is your first cross-country, you will find some useful advice on what to bring, wear etc. here..

    Here is a list of the currently registered Birtley athletes – if you’re not listed but would like to take part, please contact the club using the details given above. The list shows your age group and which pack you will be running from – please ensure you start from the correct pack or you may be disqualified.

    Additional info from Alnwick Harriers:-

    alnwick map Directions to the venue.

    FROM A1 South.
    Leave the A1 Slip Road at Sign post Denwick / Alnwick / Alnwick Garden. (You will pass Alnwick town on your left on the A1).Turn left at junction onto Denwick Road. Within 500m you will pass Race Pastures entry on your right. Continue down hill over bridge to Alnwick Garden Car Park on your left.

    PARKING. Charges will be £3.50 in main car park or £2.00 in Overflow Car park per day Leave car at park and walk via Denwick Road to Pastures Entry (Approx 500m). Please follow direction signs and marshal’s instructions.

    PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE MAIN ROAD OR VERGES OF THE DENWICK ROAD

    REGISTRATION.

    Toilets and Registration are at Race Start (Port-a Loos are available for use near the Start). From A1 at junction onto Denwick Road proceed ahead and head North until Roundabout approx 1 mile, turn left at roundabout and head down over Lion Bridge to Alnwick. Registration is at start. Note Parking is limited in this area.

    Please note that this is 1 mile from the start/finish area. There will be no race parking in the pastures (Except First Aid & Officials). Please only park while you register or change, and then park at Gardens Car Park.

    CLUB TENTS. There is ample space for club tents alongside the start and finish.
    Mar
    12
    Sun
    1st Birtley Junior XC Relays @ Lord Lawson of Beamish School
    Mar 12 @ 10:15 am
    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of our athletics club, Birtley AC will be holding a 3 stage XC relay event with awards for the first 3 teams in each category (u11 boys and girls, u13 boys and girls, u15/u17 boys and girls). This is an excellent opportunity for younger athletes to run in what will probably be the last XC of the season. If it proves popular, this may become a permanent fixture and provide much needed competition for the younger age groups in the area. Course details shown on map below.

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    Download an entry form here (or click on pic below).

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    Photo courtesy of John Geddes

    Photo courtesy of John Geddes

    Sep
    2
    Sat
    Farringdon Open Crosscountry Races @ Farringdon Community Sports College
    Sep 2 @ 11:30 am

    First of all, if this is your first race, useful advice can be found here.

    This is a short and fast race, the first cross-country of the season and a great little leg stretch for the Harrier league! There will be an entry list on the noticeboard, or if you can’t make it to the club but would like to enter you can email me at the address given above or enter online at Sportsoft. Click on the image below for times and details of venue.

    Farringdon 2017
    Sep
    30
    Sat
    Harrier League Match 1 – Wrekenton @ Fields behind Cardinal Hume School
    Sep 30 @ 12:15 pm – 4:15 pm
    Harrier League Match 1 - Wrekenton @ Fields behind Cardinal Hume School | Gateshead | England | United Kingdom
    The first Harrier league match of the season takes place at Wrekenton, on the fields just behind Cardinal Hume School. There is ample parking available in the school car-park, with access off Old Durham Road. Parking will also be available in the QE Park and Ride carpark which is just across the road from the school. The fields are accessed via a footpath which is situated on the far side of the stone cottages, to the right of the school (it should be well signposted on the day).
    • 12.15 – u11s Boys & Girls
    • 12:25 – U13 Boys
    • 12:35 – U13 Girls
    • 12:45 – U15 Boys
    • 12:55 – U15 Girls
    • 13:05 – 13:10 – U17 & u20 Women
    • 13:10 – 13:15 – Senior & Veteran Women
    • 13:50 – 14:00 – U17 Men
    • 14:15 – 14:25 – Senior & Veteran Men
    • These times are APPROXIMATE – at all times pay attention for the Starter’s whistles for call up to your particular event.
    Don’t forget to bring your Birtley vest, spikes if you have them, safety pins, a bag for your muddy things afterwards, and most important of all,  YOUR NUMBER! This will be your number for the whole Harrier season so please look after it! If this is your first event of the season, you will be given a number by one of our coaches when you arrive, or it will be in the club tent ready for collection – look out for the Birtley flag flying outside! You can find helpful info on what to bring and what to expect here. Here is a list of the currently registered Birtley athletes – if you’re not listed but would like to take part, please contact the club using the details given above. The list shows your age group and which pack you will be running from – please ensure you start from the correct pack or you may be disqualified.
    Oct
    28
    Sat
    Sherman Cup/Davison Shield at Temple Park @ Temple Park, South Shields
    Oct 28 all-day
    Sherman Cup/Davison Shield at Temple Park @ Temple Park, South Shields | South Shields | England | United Kingdom
    This is a special match, associated with, but not part of, the harrier league series. Your number will be the number you have used for the harrier league matches – please don’t forget it! The teams with the most points in each age group will win either the Sherman Cup (men) or the Davison Shield (women’s competition), so it’s important to compete if you’re available.

    Don’t forget to bring your Birtley vest, spikes if you have them, safety pins, a bag for your muddy things afterwards, and most important of all,  YOUR NUMBER! If you have already competed in a harrier league event, you will already have your number – this will be your number for the whole Harrier season so please look after it! If this is your first event of the season, you will be given a number by one of our coaches when you arrive, or it will be in the club tent ready for collection – look out for the Birtley flag flying outside!

    If this is your first cross-country, you will find some useful advice on what to bring, wear etc. here..

    The timetable is likely to be the same as the harrier league, but details will be provided nearer to the date.

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