Cross Country & Tent Rota

NEHL=North East Harrier League & XC=Cross Country.

For information please view the following website for the North East Harrier League:

For the 2017 / 2018 season the venues & dates are: Saturday 30th Sept Wrekenton. Sunday 8th October Druridge Bay. Saturday 28th October, Sherman Cup Temple Park – South Shields. Saturday 18th November Akyley Heads. Saturday 6th January 2018 Herrington Park, Sunderland. Saturday 10th February 2018 Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee. Saturday 3rd March 2108 Alnwick Castle.

The club needs the members help to assist with the transport of the club tent to local venues for the cross country season. ANYONE CAN HELP. View here for the tent rota > Cross Country Tent Rota 2017

A hard copy in which you can ‘sign up to’ will be displayed on the noticeboard inside the sports hall. Thank you.  

Below is some helpful tips & 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. Have a word with anyone of the following people: Tom Hanson, Steve Robertson, Lalage Brown, Gina Cappoci or Graham Bell: or anyone of the seasoned runners at the club, we will keep you right. 

At the start of the season (usually late September) collect your race number in the sports hall on training evenings (or by prior arrangement with Tom Hanson, Steve Robertson, Lalage Brown, Gina Cappoci or Graham Bell).

These are free of charge. However: The replacement cost shall be paid by the club member.

On the day: TIMINGS. 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.

 12.15 Under 11 Boys & Girls
12.25 app Under 13 Boys
12.35 app Under 13 Girls
12.45 app Under 15 Boys
12.55 app Under 15 Girls
13.05 – 13.10 app **Under 17 & Under 20 Women
13.10 – 13.15 app **Senior & Veteran Women
13.50 – 14.00 app **Under 17 Men
14.15 – 14.25 app **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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