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by Val Baxter

December 28, 2014

Pontefract, Northern XC Champs, Jan 24th 2014


  • 11.00 Under 17 Womens Championship 5 Km
  • 11.25 Junior Womens Championship 5.6Km
  • 11.50 Under 13 Girls Championship 3.1 Km
  • 12.05 Under 17 Mens Championship 6.2km
  • 12.25 Under 13 Boys Championship 3.1Km
  • 12.35 Under 15 Girls Championship 4Km
  • 1.00 Under 15 Boys Championship 4Km
  • 1.20 Junior Mens Championship 8Km
  • 2.00 Senior Womens Championship 8Km
  • 2.55 Senior Mens Championship 12Km

  • Parking

    The park has very limited car parking spaces. Also Wakefield MBC have advised that we cannot have exclusive use of the Park parking areas, as they are used by other park users To get to the car park areas exit the M62 motorway at J32, and follow brown signs for Xscape & Outlet. To get to the designated car park, take the second exit at the roundabout (signed Summit Park) . Parking Stewards will be in attendance to help if needed. Details of the parking layout, bus pick up point and access routes can be seen on the map – click here to download.

    There are other pay car parks available in Pontefract, and these will be a similar distance away from the course. (Information available on the Wakefield MBC website) Some parking for disabled drivers is available in the park but Blue badges MUST be displayed. (Park Road, Pontefract, WF8 4RB)

    Changing facilities

    Marquee accommodation will be provided on site for both male & female changing although no showers are available. We should hopefully be taking the club tent with us so changing should not be a problem.


    A marquee will be signposted for registration. 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.
    Your team managers will be collecting your numbers and chips.
    Event programmes and camera registration will also be located at this point.


    Individual presentations will take place after each race, adjacent to the finish enclosure. 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. First Aid Staff, and a doctor 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, toilets that are fully accessible are located in the Start/Finish area, and in the pavilion building near the park entrance. 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 as indicated on the map – click here to download.

    Other Considerations

    As with all public parks, there are other park users, and athletes and spectators are asked to respect their right to use the area. A model plane flying club use the area inside the course lap (shown on the course map) and spectators and athletes are asked to keep off this area. The park is also a popular exercise area for walkers, joggers, dogs & owners.
    Receptacles will be provided for litter in the club tent and refreshment areas, please ensure that these are used and that as little debris as possible is left on site.

    The Course

    A separate course map shows the event timetable and routes. (download here).
    Chip Timing will be again be used. Team managers & athletes are asked to ensure that the correct chip is / are allocated and securely and correctly fixed to the athletes shoe lace fastening.
    The start area is changed from that used in 2012, and the start is now closer to the club tent and finish areas.The course is a mixture of rough grassland and short good quality parkland turf. All the course laps feature the same start staright, followed by a fast gradual descent on good quality grassland. The return to the finish area is a gradual uphill slope with some rougher grassland areas. The venue should again provide an excellent cross country course.

    If you have any queries please contact us at the NA office on 01924 457922 Any on the day emergency queries related to weather conditions etc should be directed to Judith Temperton (07525 045307). Weather updates and all latest information will be posted on the NA website

    Parking & Travel Directions

    Park Road, Pontefract, WF8 4RB The club is providing a coach free of charge, and we strongly advise that you use this facility as parking is going to be very limited at the course.


    Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village, Tomahawk Trail, Glasshoughton, Castleford,West Yorkshire, WF10 4FR Below are directions to the Junction 32 Shopping outlet where car parks for the NA Cross Country Championships are situated. Signs will be in place to direct race traffic to the correct car parks and the shuttle bus service.

    Some parking at the course is available for Disabled drivers but Blue badges must be displayed.


    By car. We are located in Glasshoughton, a highly accessible area just off Junction 32 of the M62, Castleford or off the A565.
    By train. Take the train to the recently opened Glasshoughton Station, just a short walk from the Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village.


    Did you know you can get to Junction 32 outlet shopping village by public transport? Avoid the stress of driving and parking, and hop on the bus or train!
    You can catch the bus from surrounding areas including Castleford, Pontefract, Wakefield and Leeds where you can interchange to other local and national destinations. Buses stop around Glasshoughton and there is a stop directly outside Junction 32 outlet shopping village. For up to date frequencies and timetables see here.
    Bus Time-tables Bus timetables are available from the Information Centre.
    Glasshoughton has its own dedicated railway station which is just 5 minutes walk from Junction 32 outlet shopping village. Both platforms at the station are fully accessible by ramps for wheelchairs or pushchairs. The station is on the Pontefract Line, which serves Pontefract, Castleford and Leeds every hour Monday to Saturday. For up to date frequencies and timetables see You can also use the Leeds-Sheffield Line to Castleford Station and get a bus or taxi from outside the station to Junction 32 outlet shopping village. Castleford is around 5-10 minutes away.
    For further information on public transport visit: for all your West Yorkshire public transport information or call 0113 245 7676 (7am-10pm, seven days a week, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).

    Door to door public transport and car journey planner online here.

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