[From James Donald] With Autumn here it’s time to start thinking about getting muddy, and that obviously means Cross County (XC) racing. XC events are cheap, friendly and great fun.
This year the club has decided to focus on the Gloucester League to get our XC kicks:
This league involves 4 races, with individual ranking being based on a runner’s 3 best results, and the overall senior team position being determined by the combined positions of 6 men or 3 women at each race.
In this league last year the TBAC senior ladies team came 8th overall while our mens team managed 3rd in the first race of the season, then didn’t manage to get the necessary 6 runners out to the remaining races. Given the men’s promising start last year and the great recent performances from our ladies team in the Welsh Castles and Cotswold Way relays, the results of last year are clearly something that can be improved upon!
Dates for the Gloucester League are:
Sat 15 Oct 2016 (Little Rissington)
Sat 5 Nov 2016 (Crypt School, Blackbridge Gloucester)
Sat 17 Dec 2016 (Katherine Lady Berkeley School, Wotton Under Edge)
Sat 18 Feb 2017 (Pittville Park, Cheltenham)
Races are a bargain at £4 on the day, or you can sign up via entry central for all 4 races for a ridiculously cheap £9:
Full Gloucester League rules can be found by downloading the pdf.
There are also various regional and national one off XC races and it would be nice to get a team out for these as well, so please keep the following in mind too:
Sun 11 Dec 2016 Tri-County Championship (tbc)
Sun 8 Jan 2017 South West Championship (Exeter race course)
Sat 25 Feb 2017 National Championships (tbc)
There are always plenty of cars going to the events and this year we aim to coordinate car sharing or lifts those of you who don’t drive. If enough interest is shown there is also the option to hire club transport.
If you want to find out more, or want to let us know that you’re planning on taking part in XC events, please let Chris Moore, Mark Mackintosh or Phillipa Spruit know, or give the club a shout via the Facebook page or Twitter @TeamBathAC (links below right under “Follow Us”).