Oxford League Cross Country 2018/19

The new cross country season is approaching fast. The registration system for the new season is very similar to that of last year. I have been sent a list of all those athletes who competed in at least one race in 2017/18. I need to add the names of any other athletes who wish to compete in Fixture 1 by Friday 19th October. Once someone is registered they are registered for the whole season. Please note that this date is two weeks before the first race of the season. This is to enable the League officials plenty of time to check entries. After the first race any new athletes will need to register by the Sunday prior to the fixture (i.e. one week before).

All runners of 11 and above on 31/8/18 must be registered as EA affiliated athletes. Those athletes who are 8, 9 or 10 do not have to meet this requirement and will be able to register on the day. Please note that the minimum age for racing is 8. If a young person reaches the age of 8 during the season they are eligible to compete in the fixture once they reach their eighth birthday.

If you are unsure whether you are on the list please contact me by email for confirmation. On race day you will be able to collect your number from the club tent as usual. Please be warned however, if you are not registered you will not be able to run. To save disappointment I would urge you to contact me as soon as possible.

You will no doubt be aware that the League have used Barry Cornelius over a number of years to do photographs. He has photographed the races for athletes 18 and over. This year Barry will also photograph the Under 17 races and the League have asked us to ensure that we have the consent of parents/guardians of athletes aged 13 – 17 to be photographed. If you don’t wish your child (ren) to be photographed please let me know prior to 19/10 and I will let the League know. You will also be required to place a red cross on their race number so that Barry can easily identify them. The same procedure will apply for adults (i.e. runners aged 18+) who are competing. You will need to contact me before the 19/10 to let me know that you do not want to be photographed.

The full list of fixtures can be found on the league website – www.oxonxc.org.uk. The first fixture is on Sunday November 4th at the Newbury Showground adjacent to Junction 13 of the M4. The League have indicated that "Any runners wearing ear-plugs/headphones will be disqualified".

Steve Connolly
Swindon Harriers

Email: steve.connolly@ukgateway.net