Cross Country & Club Tent

The North East areas Cross Country (XC). Organisation: The North East Harrier League (NEHL) visit their website:

CLUB TENT TO & FROM VENUES: If you can help the club by collecting / dropping off / help with assembly / dismantle or returning, add your name to the sheet that’s on the notice board inside the sports hall. Thank you.

ADVICE. ALWAYS wear your official club vest at each race: as you will be disqualified for that race and any points obtained will be removed from the teams score. 


If you are unsure about anything cross country, just ask! Or have a chat with any one of the seasoned runners at the club, we will keep you right 🙂 At the start of the season (usually mid September) collect your race number in the sports hall on training evenings (or by prior arrangement). These are free of charge. However: The replacement cost (£3 to £4) shall be paid by the club member.

On the day: TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE. Try to be at each event 45 mins before your race start time. It allows time to change, view the course and warm up. Timings are approximate. DO LISTEN FOR THE WHISTLE 5 MINS PRIOR TO YOUR RACE. 12.00 Under 11 Boys /  12.05 Under 11 Girls / 12.10 Under 17 men /  12.15 U17 and U20 women /  12.20 Under 15 Boys /  12.25 Under 15 Girls / 12:30 Under 13 boys /  12:35 Under 13 girls /  12.50 Senior & veteran women /  13:50 Senior & veteran Men.

Car share where possible. Car-parking is often a walk away so allow 10 mins to walk to the venueLook out for the BIG RED ELSWICK HARRIERS club tent. You can’t miss it! ITEMS TO TAKE. Safety pins for your race number. Appropriate footwear, XC trainers, fell shoes with grippy lugs on the soles or ‘spike’ shoes (with 6 to 12 mm spikes for grip), a change of any warm clothing, a change of footwear. Under the club vest some junior & senior runners where a thermal long sleeve top. If bitterly cold you can wear hat & gloves. Sometimes there is either limited or NO refreshments provisions, so please do bring your own drinks & food. A poly bag for your dirty running gear? Consider wellies and warm clothing if spectating: it gets cold and clarty!

Background. The North-East Harrier league (NEHL) is our local cross-county (XC) league and has been going for over 100 years. The women’s and junior races are more recent inventions. The races take place in various locations, with varied terrain of parkland and reclaimed sites. The XC season runs from late September through to March. 

In addition the club will enter athletes in the North Eastern Counties & National Championships. In addition there are the school XC champs culminating in the English Schools XC  championships in March. The club plans training around these races. The NEHL is a competition with league tables and clubs can be promoted and relegated, so it is certainly something to run and compete in.

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