This is a guide for team relay events that the club participates in. All dates shown are approximate.
Races are publicised, using some or all of the club’s media offerings.
Members take responsibility to add their name, in a timely manner, to team sheets if they wish to run.
Local, regional & national races for the Seniors, Masters & Vet road relay races can all be entered if there is enough full team interest.
Names are usually collected on a ‘Facebook list’ or a hard copy list, placed on the club’s sports hall noticeboard.
Further master’s relays information is under a separate tab heading on the main page of the website titled ‘Over 35’s Masters Info’.
Below are just some of the local & popular team event relays:
2nd or 3rd week in January. The Durham Cathedral cross country relays at Durham University, Green Lane, Durham. A flat approx. 3km grassed route with one small incline. Only seniors and vets can enter. 3 persons per team. Entry fee is paid by the club. Races commence mid-morning. Register your name before the END OF DECEMBER or EARLY JANUARY. www.durhamcityharriers.org.uk
2nd Saturday in February. The NECCA Signals Road Relay Championships at Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton-le-Hole. A very slightly undulating 2.2 mile course on a tarmac path. Only seniors and vets can enter. For the men: A 6 person team for the seniors and O/40 vets team. O/50’s team is a 4 person team. For the women: Senior and all vet categories are a 4 person team Entry fee is paid by the club. Races commence from midday. NO LATE ENTRIES ARE ACCEPTED therefore register your name no later by the 3rd week in January. www.houghtonharriers.org and the following PDF for travel direction: signalscarparking15
Elswick’s Good Friday Relays at Newburn Riverside Business Park. For the adults, a flat tarmac path 2.25 miles course. For the Juniors, a flat tarmac path 1.62 mile course. U/13, U/15’s boys & girls race are scratch races. For the adult races a flat tarmac 2.25 mile course. For the senior men & 0/40’s teams have 4 person teams. For the senior women & O/35’s have 3 person teams. Entry fee is paid by the club. Races start FROM mid-morning through to midday. Register your name 10 days before the event. www.elswickharriers.org.uk
Late March. Northern 6 & 12 Stage Road Relays. Venues vary. E.g. Liverpool, Hartlepool, Sunderland. Courses vary, but predominately flat, tarmac paths. For the men 12 persons required. For the women 6 persons required. Races start early / mid afternoon. Entry fee is paid by the club. NO LATE ENTRIES ARE ACCEPTED therefore register your name by mid-February. www.necca.info/
Early / Mid May. The Gordon Smith Relays. Hadrian Cycleway Segedunum. A short junior run is followed by the main adult races at 7.30pm: An slightly flat / undulating 2 lap, 2 mile course. All male & female age categories are 3 person teams. NOTE: In the men’s team you must have a Vet 40 plus in your team and in the women’s team you must have a Vet 35 plus in your team. Entry fee is paid by the club. Register your name before the 1st week in May. www.wallsendharriers.com
3rd or 4th week in June. The Weetslade Relays. An undulating 2.5 miles (approx.) multi-terrain course around Lockley Park adjacent to Weetslade Country Park, Wideopen. At half way there is a steep 30 metre hill climb. 3 persons in a team. They must include “a veteran and a lady. The veteran and the lady can be the same person”. Entry is strictly limited to 65 teams. Race start early evening approx. 7 pm. Entry fee is paid by the club. Register your name at the latest in the 1st week in June. www.claremontroadrunners.co.uk
A new event in mid August see Gosforth Harriers host at Great Park, Newcastle: The ‘Gosforth Summer Relays’. 3 runners per team. Seniors and Vet prizes on offer. A single lap of approx. 2 miles per runner on footpaths and grass tracks. Team Entry paid by the club: £15 per team. Gosforth Harriers raises funds for the Pop-up Gym Charity, a worthy cause. Junior & fun runs available too. Visit: www.gosforth-harriers.org for more information. Names to the club before the 1st August. Entries can be taken on the day: Supplement of £2 levied.
Late August: The Durham Cathedral Summer cross country relays at Durham University, Green Lane, Durham. A flat 3km grassed route with one small incline. Only seniors and vets can enter. 3 persons per team. Entry fee is paid by the club. The race is usually held mid-week and starts approx. from 6.30pm onwards. Register your name last week in July. www.durhamcityharriers.org.uk
2nd Saturday in September. The Farringdon Cross Country Relays at Farringdon Community Sports College. (This date can vary due to the Great North Run). A 1.8 mile undulating narrow grass path course. The women’s race is now a 3 person team race. For the men: Both Seniors & Vets (O/40’s, plus) run in 4 person teams. Juniors run individual races. Races start from late morning through to early afternoon. Entry fee is paid by the club. Register your name by the latest in the last week in August.
Late October or Early November see the staging of the English Cross Country Relays, usually held in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Berry Hill Park NG14 4JR. A full range of races for all junior age group as well as senior and vets races. Start times from 11am through to the last race a 2.45pm. Names to the club BEFORE the first week in October as the official closing date for online entries is usually the 2nd week in October. Womens Teams 3 runners req’d / Men’s Teams 4 runners req’d. Entry fees paid by the club: Approx. £36 per mens team & £26 per womens team. Visit: www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk for information.
Late November / Early December the club hosts the Norman Woodcock Memorial Team Relay Event. 3 people in a team. One runner must be a female. The other two runners can be a female or a male. All 3 runners can be of any age. North East Clubs can enter teams one week before race date, either on-line or postal. Elswick Harrier teams can be entered on the day. Affiliated club can also enter teams on the day, subject to the race licence limit NOT being exceeded.