Summer and Winter XC

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On this page you will find the latest information for our Herefordshire Summer and Winter Cross Country Leagues.

If you require any further information please email the club or message our club Cross Country Leaders, Joanne Rees and Gareth Price. Please note these events are FREE for members of Builth and District Running Club.

Herefordshire & Borders Winter XC League Race 4 is on this Sunday 15th Jan at Croft Castle, Yarpole, HR6 9PW

Details:

💛Junior races (U11s, U13s and 15s) start at 9.30am.

🖤 Senior race (including U17s) starts at 11am. One lap, 9km for seniors/masters and 6.2 km for U17s.
💛 PARKING will be £3/car (National Trust car park) so best to lift share where possible.

🖤 Lift share from Builth cricket club meet at 8.50am. Let me know if anyone wants picking up on route.

💛 Yellow club vest and correct league number MUST be worn.

🖤 I’ll have the race numbers for those that haven’t collected theirs yet.

💛 Remember to KEEP your race numbers. One number for all winter league races.

🖤Enjoy!!! 😀

Hope to have another fantastic team BaD turnout 💪😀💪

Race details ⏬⏬⏬

Hereford and Borders Winter Cross Country League 2022/23 Race 4 – Croft Castle. Sunday January 15 2023 Hosted by Croft Ambrey Running Club. 

11am start. Venue, By kind permission of the National Trust

Croft Castle, Yarpole, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9PW

Off the B4362 between Mortimer’s Cross and Bircher Village. There is a one-way system to enter and leave Croft Castle. Please obey the no entry signs and do not enter via the exit drive. Please follow the signs on the B4362 to the car park at Croft Castle.

Parking

This will be at the Croft Castle National Trust visitor carpark. 

Car parking space is limited – The Castle and Grounds will be open to visitors to the National Trust. It could jeopardise future events if there is no parking for for National Trust visitors. Please make every effort to car share and to avoid single occupancy cars. There will be a charge of £3 per car to the National trust which will be collected on entry to the carpark. Please have the correct change ready when asked. Parking is close to the race start – there is no dry storage for kit, please keep all items it in your car.

Facilities

Please use the National Trusts Toilets sited next to the tearooms. Please be considerate to paying NT visitors and allow them to the front if there are any queues. Please remove muddy trainers before entering the toilets, tea room or any other indoor NT facility. 

Cold refreshements will be served at the end of the race free to all runners. Hot refreshments are available to all to purchase from the NT tearooms. First aid will be provided by 365 medical solutions. 07761859643. 

Senior course – one lap approximately 9km.

The course will take place on National Trust land – on gravel tracks and grassland. Depending on the weather, it is likely to be muddy or rutted in sections and trail shoes are advised.

Please be aware that the route follows footpaths which are likely to be in use by walkers and visitors to Croft Castle Parkland. This is a different route to previous events held at Croft Castle. It will be marked and well marshalled. (Marshal points in red, signage in green)

Junior Course

Juniors over 17 will be guided by marshals to take a shorter route across Bircher Common. 

This will be 6.6km.

Please ensure all junior runners have a red J on their race number to make them easily identifiable to the marshals. Team captains should take the time to talk to junior runners to ensure they are aware that they will be directed to a different route after three miles and should follow the marshals’ instructions.

Event director: Samantha Harper. sam@croftambreyrunningclub.co.uk Race Official: Ashley Burridge. Race licence no.  CC2022/0684

Herefordshire Cross Country, Race 3 Information. 18th December @ Fforest Fields, Hundred House .

📢 Herefordshire & Borders Winter XC League 📢

We are hosting Race 3 at Fforest fields this Sunday 18th Dec. Details:

💛Junior races (U11s, U13s and 15s) start at 9.30am.

🖤Senior race (including U17s) starts at 11am.
💛 PARKING will be on the lower track in the big camping field. Access via the tarmac reception road.

🖤 MARSHALLS and HELPERS please 🙏 Many thanks to those who’ve volunteered already without you there would be no race.

💛 Club vest MUST be worn. It’s going to be cold so base layers could be essential!

🖤 MINCE PIES and CAKE please! Can we have donations to help feed the five thousand please. Thanks 🙏

💛 Jo Rees will have the race numbers for those that haven’t collected theirs yet.

🖤Remember to KEEP your race numbers. One number for all league races.

💛U17s can you put a red J on your number please. You have 2 laps of the course to do.

🖤Enjoy!!! 😀

Let’s make this a great race. 💪😀💪

Race details ⏬⏬⏬

Herefordshire Cross Country, Race 2 Information.

Herefordshire XC Race 1 2022/2023

HEREFORDSHIRE & BORDERS CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE.BEARWOOD FARM. RACE ONE SUNDAY 30 OCT.

HEREFORDSHIRE & BORDERS
WINTER CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE

📢Herefordshire & Borders Winter XC League📢 🖤Race 1 is on this Sunday 30th Oct at Bearwood Farm, nr Pembridge, HR6 9EE. Hosted by Wye Valley Runners. Map, league rules and final instructions attached. 💛Junior races (U11s, U13s and 15s) start at 9.30am. Junior entries close on the 27th. Registration via this link https://forms.gle/kYKxhoYMRFdV1yGe7 🖤Senior race (including U17s) starts at 11am. 💛There are 5 new clubs joining the league this year making a total of 15 clubs. These extra clubs will put pressure on site parking so please LIFT SHARE and get there EARLY. 🖤Scoring for individuals and teams this season will be based on your aggregate times and not race positions. 💛Race numbers will be issued out by myself and Gareth before the start. I’ll be there for 10am. Please record your ICE contact on the back of your number plus any medical conditions. 🖤Please KEEP your chip number. One number for all 5 races. 💛 Club vest MUST be worn. We look forward to another exciting XC season and hope to see plenty of BaD runners taking part. Any queries give myself or Gareth a shout👍

R U L E S

  1. The League is for the benefit of clubs affiliated to the Herefordshire Athletic Association, with the aim of promoting cross country running within the county of Herefordshire. Other affiliated clubs around the borders may be invited to join the league. The general rule is that clubs will be permitted to apply, if they are based within 20km of the county border, but all applications will be at the discretion of the committee.
  2. The costs of the League will be shared between the participating clubs on a fair and equitable basis, normally pro rata to numbers competing.
  3. Only first claim members of participating clubs will be eligible to compete.
  4. Guest runners will not be allowed.
  5. Club colours must be worn.
  6. Start time for each race will normally be 11.00 a.m.
  7. Chipped race numbers will be allocated to each team at the start of the league. Numbers must be displayed on the front of runners’ vests and attached at each corner with safety pins.
  8. Each individual runner will retain the same number throughout the season. The numbers issued are waterproof and re-useable. If the number is lost, a replacement bib will need to be purchased at the price set by the results provider. It is strictly forbidden for anyone to create their own number and may result in disqualification of the individual and their team.
  9. All race timings will be based on gun time.
  10. Team scoring will be based on the finishing times in each race of the series. The first 4 male runners across the line will be the male ‘A’ team of that particular club; the next 4 finishers will be the ‘B’ team, etc. The first 4 female runners will be the female ‘A’ team, etc. The total of the finishing times of these runners will constitute the team time for each race. The team with the lowest time will be the winner of that race. Team times from each of the 5 races will be added together and the team with the lowest total time after the fifth race will be declared the winning team.
  11. Series awards for individual runners will also be based on times. The series winner in each category will be the runner with the lowest aggregate time over the series, based on their best 4 times.
  12. Trophies will be awarded to the overall Men’s and Women’s winners, and medals to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the following categories:

Junior Men (under 17)
Junior Men (under 20)
Senior Men
Veteran Men (in 5-year categories from 35 upwards)

Junior Women (under 17)
Junior Women (under 20)
Senior Women
Veteran Women (in 5-year categories from 35 upwards)

  1. All age categories will be determined by age on the date of the first race. For award purposes, competitors will remain within their category status, with the exception of the overall winner who may come from any category.
  2. A Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the winning Men’s and Women’s teams, to be held for one year.
  3. Each race to be organised by a different club. The “home” club will be responsible for the organisation of the race, including the issuing of course details and travelling instructions to other participating clubs. All races must be covered by a Permit issued by England Athletics or Wales Athletics. A course risk assessment must be undertaken, and First Aid cover provided. Each organising club must ensure that all race officials and marshals are fully aware of their duties and the nature of the course.
  4. Any disputes to be lodged, in writing, with the League Secretary within 10 days of the relevant race.

Revised Oct 22

Review date Sep 23

XC Final Instructions

As you know, the first race of the winter series is at 11 am On Sunday October 30th at Bearwood Farm, near Pembridge and hosted by Wye Valley Runners. This year we welcome back Maldwyn Harriers and Malvern Buzzards and for the first time, Brecon AC, Forest of Dean AC and Spirit of Monmouth AC. Hereford AC will also be hosting some training races for the younger age groups, which will start before the main race. Under 17s and under 20s will start with the main field, as before.

We are again pleased to have Ready Set Go Timings to provide us with chip timing and results. This year there are a few changes to the scoring. Overall trophies for first mens team and first womens team will be based on four to count in each of the five races, but it will be the team with the lowest aggregate time for the series that will be the winner. Time based scoring will also be the basis of awards in the individual categories, juniors, seniors and masters in 5 year age group from 35 upwards, for both men and women. The winner of each category will be the runner with the lowest aggregate score from their best 4 from 5 races, with awards to second and third in each category. Gun time will be used to calculate the race time. We are assured that this method of scoring has little if any impact on the results and makes it much easier to turn the results around quickly, particularly after the last race.

You will be issued with your series number by your team manager at the first race and must wear it for every race that you take part in. If you lose your number, there will be a surcharge for replacement. Please do not use any other number, other than one issued by your team manager.

Parking is limited at some of the venues, so please car share wherever possible. This saves you fuel, but more importantly makes life easier for the organising clubs.

We hope that you are looking forward to what promises to be a competitive and enjoyable series.

Herefordshire and Borders Cross Country League

Wye Valley Runners look forward to welcoming you all to Bearwood Farm, Pembridge for the first race of the winter season.

Our thanks to Ed Collins for making us so welcome at his home.

Please follow this link for directions and a course map. Please car share as parking is limited. Your sat nav will lie about the farm entrance – please check the map and follow the signs.

The race starts at 11.00 prompt as usual. Tea and doughnuts afterwards.

The course is new for the league and is a mixed route of trail, farmland and woodland. Two laps = 10k – we think it’s a great course and expect some fast times.

Baggage and parking plan is here As usual we will have first aid cover and portaloos handy. Hereford AC is planning junior races – more of that later.

Look forward to welcoming you all on the day – if any clubs have supporters that would like to help with marshalling please shout

Wye Valley Runners

Herefordshire XC Race Dates for 2022-2023
30th October 2022 Pembridge (Wye Valley Runners)
20th November 2022 Peterstow (Monross Trailblazers)
18th December 2022 Forest Fields (Builth and District Running Club)
15th January 2022 Croft Castle (Croft Ambrey Running Club)
26th February 2023 Tenbury (Ludlow Runners)

Gwent XC League Race Dates (£4 per runner, per race)
15th October 2022 Cardiff
12th November 2022 Blaise Castle, Bristol
11th/12th February 2023 TBD – Possibly Pont-y-Pwl
4th/5th March 2023 TBD – Possibly Margam Park, Port Talbot

Herefordshire & Borders Off-Road League 2022, Race 4.
Westons Cider Orchards, The Bounds, Much Marcle, Ledbury, HR8 2NQ
Wednesday 27th July 2022
7:30pm Start
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Ledbury & District Harriers are proud to host the last race in the Summer Off-Road Series. Thank you to Westons Cider for allowing us to host the race in their orchards and for the use of the parking and toilet facilities.
The venue is signposted off the A449 from both Ledbury and Ross On Wye. The What 3 Words location is: slides.kitten.auctioned.
Please park where instructed by the marshals. The start is an approximate 5 minute walk from the carpark, again please follow marshals instructions. DO NOT ENTER THE WESTONS SITE.
The course is a two lap course with one minor road crossing. The second lap is slightly different so please follow the marshals directions.
First lap follows marshal points:
Start, 1,2,4,5,6,3,7,9,10
Second lap follows marshal points:
Start,1,2,4,5,6,3,7,8,10
The route is approximately 4.75 miles, the route will be marked out with direction arrows and tape, please keep to the perimeter of the orchards.
JUNIORS route: One lap of the course, following the second lap route, approximately 2.5 miles.

Race Referee: Peter Smith
England athletics Race Licence Number: CC2022/0411
The presentation will be back at the Scrumpy House restaurant where Weston’s are providing tokens for a free ‘half’. These can be collected as you finish.

4.75 miles for half a cider. Seems a fair exchange rate. Thank you Ledbury and District Harriers

Herefordshire & Borders Summer Off-Road League 2022 Race 3, Bulmers Orchards, Westhope. Wednesday 13th July 2022 7:30pm Start.  Thank you to our hosts Heineken/ Bulmers for allowing us to return to Westhope for the 3rd race of the Summer off-road league, please park where instructed by our marshalls and please respect the property of the landowners. The venue is signposted off A4110 at Bushbank, Approx 7 Mile North of Hereford on the Canon Pyon Road. Due to the race being held in the lovely Bulmers Orchards in North Herefordshire we do not have an exact postcode but here is a precise what3words cleanser.chatting.nuggets. The course is the same as previous years, please see the below description and route; “One lap anti-clockwise of the top orchard One lap anti-clockwise of the bottom orchard & One lap clockwise of the top orchard.” The route is 4.5 miles, the route will be fully marked out with directional arrows and please keep to the perimeter of the course which is mainly grassed tracks. JUNIORS Route: One Lap anti-clockwise of top orchard & then a U-turn to do one clockwise loop of top orchard – Just the top field. (approx 2.5 miles) Please be aware there is a minor road crossing dividing the top and bottom of the orchards; this will be fully marshaled and no one will be able to leave the venue until the final runners are into the top orchard. Race Referee: Chris Crosswell. England Athletics Race Licence Number: CC2022/0409. Toilets will be available (portaloos) & Refreshments will be available post race, please put all litter in the bins provided.  We look forward to seeing everyone at Westhope. Many thanks, Hereford Couriers RC. 

Race 3 map of Bulmers Orchards

Race 2 information Herefordshire & Borders Summer Cross Country League 2022. Fforest Fields, Weds 22nd June 2022, 7.30pm

Location. Fforest Fields Caravan Site,
Hundred House
Builth Wells LD1 5RT

Permission to race at Fforest fields has been kindly granted by owners George and Katie Barstow.

Parking. Car parking will be in the main camping field. Marshals will direct you on arrival. Please do not drive to the main camping reception area. Facilities. Toilets are available but the owners have asked that runners DO NOT TAKE MUDDY SHOES INSIDE THE TOILET BLOCK. Water and cake will be provided at the finish. The cafe will be open for hot drinks and refreshments. Course. Race distance: 4.6 miles consisting of 2 x 2.3 mile laps, 1 lap for juniors. It will be a mass start for all with the start and finish in the same location Medic A first aider will be present for the duration of the race. Contact. Jo Rees: 07580 322703. Race licence number: WA-CC-012. Race Official: Peter Hunt.

The route for the Fforest Fields xc

Round Up, Result and Photo from Race 1 – 2022 https://www.facebook.com/228899270649846/posts/2008074842732271/

Race 1 (Posted 25th May 2022) Herefordshire and Border Cross Country Summer League Race 1 Date: 1st June 2022 Start : 7.30 pm Venue: Berrington Hall, Leominster. HR6 0DW. By kind permission of the National Trust. Entrance and parking: Please use the entrance on Eye Lane (travelling north on A49 turn left in Aston). There will be a £3 charge for each car, this includes NT members. Please make sure you have change with you. Course: The course is 2 laps, making a 4.5 mile total. It is all grassland. Water: There will be water and some refreshments for runners at the finish. Other instructions: Please follow the signs from the car park to the course, stay out of the main house area and do not cross the ha ha from the field to the gardens. Emergency phone:  Ali Benwell 07789978027 Frist Aid Phone: Chris Reeves 07817005607

Map of the course for race number 1

HEREFORDSHIRE SUMMER XC LEAGUE 2022 (Posted May 11th)

All paid club members can run in this friendly league for free! 😀 There are 4 races over June and July on Weds, 7.30pm start. Races will be short 4-5 miles over fields and tracks.

Dates:
June 1st – Berrington Hall (Ludlow Club)
June 22nd – Fforest fields (Builth club)
July 13th – West Hope ( Hereford Couriers)
July 27th – Orchards at Much Marcle (Ledbury club)

(Check out our full race calendar here).

Format:
Mixed teams of 3 males and 3 females. All races count for team points. Your race position will contribute to the team score. We have plenty of members so lets try and field 3 or 4 teams per race 💪
For idividual age categories you need to do at least
3 out 4 races to qualify.

Transport can be provided from Builth so come along and represent your club.

We need lots of men and ladies so please get in touch if you’re interested please 👍 and we can order you a race number.

Go team Builth 💛🖤💛🖤

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