North Yorks & South Durham Harriers League Cross Country

Bedale & Aiskew Runners (BAR) have registered with the North Yorks & South Durham (NYSD) Cross Country for the 2019/20 season. This opens up the option for all BAR members if they wish to take part in as many of the meeting as they wish. You collect your race number at this at the 1st race you attend for a one off fee and keep this for the season taking it to all meetings.

As well as being an individual sport it also incorporates a team component, the league races award a point based system for each male and female category as well as team points. Awards at the end of the season for the top teams and individuals are made at the end of the season. Teams are made up of 4 under 17, under 20, senior & vet ladies and mens teams are of 6 under 20, senior & vet men.

Senior men and veteran men to age 64 race over approximately 6 miles. Ladies, veteran ladies, men over 65 and junior men / ladies run approximately 3 to 4 miles. All meetings start at 11am, [senior ladies (& M65) race will be approx. 11.45am and the senior men’s race will be approx 12.30pm].

Fixtures 2019/20

6th October        NYSD Cross Country Meeting 1, Acorn Centre, Acklam Grange, Middlesbrough

10th November  NYSD Cross Country Meeting 2, Caedmon School, Whitby

24th November  NYSD Cross Country Meeting 3, Fox Rush Community Woodland, Redcar

8th December     NYSD Cross Country Meeting 4, Summerhill Country Park, Hartlepool

19th January       NYSD Cross Country Meeting 5, Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough

16th February     NYSD Cross Country Meeting 6, Old Racecourse, Richmond

1st March            NYSD Cross Country Meeting 7, Croft Circuit, Dalton, Darlington

22nd March        NYSD Cross Country Relay meeting & presentations, South Park, Darlington

Runners must be paid up members of BAR and wear their club vest and number on the front of the vest.

Cross Country is a winter running activity, the season typically runs from mid September to March. Many athletes from club runners to elite athletes use cross country races in the winter months to build on and improve their strength and endurance running. Cross country running is very different from road and track running.  Every year, even if a course layout remains the same, conditions under foot and weather conditions will change so it’s hard to compare one year to the next.  But that in itself can be quite refreshing as the emphasis is not necessarily on your times or pace per mile – it can be more about the challenge that lies ahead whether that’s conquering the course, adapting to the varying terrain and winter weather conditions or competing against your nearest rival.

“Cross-country is a tough discipline as courses can be hilly, muddy or even snow-covered. But it makes you strong and it’s a great way to progress your training.” – Mo Farah

In addition to the league there are Championships:

North Eastern Counties

Northerns

Nationals

Further information at http://www.nysd.org.uk/

If you’re interested in taking part let a committee member know.

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