The second Harrier league fixture of the season will be held at Druridge Bay Country Park. The course (download a pdf here) is mostly firm grassland, with some track, some soft meadow, and no hills – just inclines.
There are miles of lakeside tracks and woodland trails for warming up. Please keep off the course.
Join A19 at Seaton Burn interchange. (Signed Tyne Tunnel)
Straight ahead at roundabout
Travel South to Moor Farm Roundabout
Take second exit A189 (Signed Ashington)
Travel North on A189 then A1068 (The Coastal Route) to Red Row
At Red Row continue on A1068 and Country Park is signposted on right
From South via A19.
At Moore Farm roundabout, take 5th exit A189 (Signposted Ashington). Follow as above.
Car parking is within the country park using various sites. A charge of £2.00 per vehicle will be collected to cover the fee for holding an event at Druridge Bay, Please follow marshal’s instructions. Be prepared for a walk of over half a mile to the course. It is vital that you car share please – don’t leave home without a full car! More info can be found on the Harrier League blog – please read this as it contains important information about traffic arrangements on the day.
Race HQ will be at the Visitor Centre. There will be portaloo toilets near the course. A refreshment van will be near the course, plus Hot Hog Heaven! ‘START FITNESS’ will be on site for any last minute purchases. If you have already registered but not run yet, your number will be available at our club tent. You will only need to visit headquarters if you have lost your number and need to buy a new one.
There is ample space for club tents alongside the start and finish. You can drop someone off with our tent at the Visitor Centre and then park at one of the sites.
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 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.
The timetable is as follows, but remember this is only a guide – please make sure you listen for the referee’s whistle or shout to ensure you don’t miss the start of your race!