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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 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.

    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.

    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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    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.

    BMAF OPEN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 @ Wavertree Athletics Stadium
    Mar 18 all-day
    We’re going to Liverpool on March 18th 2017, to take part in the British Masters Athletics Federation, XC Champs.  Interested? … of course you are.   Speak to Brian or Shannel at the club for further details. For more information on the BMAF click here

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    If you are an existing member of NEMAA (or any other of the 11 BMAF area clubs) you can apply (via George Routledge) to have a BMAF account setup via your email when you rejoin.  You can then log in to the BMAF Opentrack system and see details /enter future competitions yourself 👍🏼 Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 23.27.32