Cross country running may hold bad memories of cold, wet school playing fields for some, but it is a great way to enjoy running without pounding the pavements or the track and much less gimicky than these new 'muddy' challenges with barbed wire and ice baths. You don't have to be Mo Farrah to join in either. All abilities welcome, young and old. Spikes are handy especially after periods of heavy rain but some still wear trail shoes. Club colours must be worn and a number pinned to the front. Let's see lots of new faces out there having a go.
If you want to run in the 2016/17 Manchester Area Cross Country League (MACCL) then please contact one of the following people (juniors should consult with their coach first to ensure it is appropriate for them):
· All senior men and junior boys entries: Mike Wharton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
· Senior and U20 ladies: Helen Armitage (email@example.com)
· Junior girls: Lisa Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As for previous seasons it is free for you to enter and race and you don't need to pre-select the exact races you want to run, just state your intention to run at least one of them during the season. The club is charged for pre-entries who do not end up running at least one race so please consider whether you will be able to run in at least one of the races. If you think you can only run one race but are not sure you can still enter on the day as opposed to pre-entering but this should be considered a last resort.
For those who have entered in previous years then just let us know that you want to run; for those who are new to the club in order to enter you we need your date of birth and EA competition license number (if you are unsure what this is let us know). Although you can enter at any time during the season, in order to help the MACCL admin team (who have a lot of entries to process by hand) can you try and let us know by the 23rd of September.
Also, please remember to keep your number when you collect it for the first time for the other races. You will be charged for replacement numbers for subsequent races. Or hand it back to your team manager or coach after each race.
The fixture dates are below and also a link to the MACCL website. The start times of each race and approximate distances run as well as other key info can be found on this website.
MATCH 1 : SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2016 (not for U11's)
Wythenshawe Park, Manchester. Host Club: Sale Harriers. Click here for results.
MATCH 2 : SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2016
Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester. Host Club: Salford Harriers. Click here results.
MATCH 3 : SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2016
Heaton Park, Manchester. Host Club: Manchester Harriers. Click here for results.
MATCH 4 : SATURDAY 14TH JANUARY 2017
Manchester University Playing Fields, Manchester. Click here for details.
MATCH 5 : SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2017
Woodbank Park, Stockport. Host Club: Stockport Harriers. Click here for details.
Full details are on the website link below. See also some great photos taken by Harry Shakeshaft.
If you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact us.