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 either the first 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.
Important Information on Parking, Travel, Registration etc.
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!
Registration is in County Hall reception area should you need it – 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 Aykley Heads sports fields.
Directions to Venue
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 map)
Travelling south (e.g. from Newcastle) or North (e.g. from Newton Aycliffe)
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 West (e.g. from Sunderland)
Use the A690 from Sunderland or from the A19 for Durham. At the junction of the A690 and A1M 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 signposted for 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!
Map by Juliet Percival (click here to see more of her work)
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!