Cross Country & Tent Rota!

The North East areas Cross Country (‘XC’)  Organisation: NEHL. The North East Harrier League.

Below are the 2018 / 2019 fixtures. Click on the links for info. Alternatively, visit

Sat 29th Sept 2018 – Wrekenton / SUNDAY 7th Oct 2018 – Druridge Bay / Sat 27th Oct 2018 – Gosforth Park / Sat 17th Nov 2018 – Aykley Heads/ Sat 5th Jan 2019 – Sherman Cup at Temple Park, South Shields / Sat 9th Feb 2019 – Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee / Sat 2nd Mar 2019 – Alnwick Castle

The clubs tent rota page can be downloaded here >  TENT ROTA  If you can help the club by collecting / dropping off / help with assembly / dismantle or returning, just add your name to the sheet that’s on the notice board inside the sports hall. Thank you.

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. PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ALLOCATED RACE NUMBER FOR THE ENTIRE NEHL SEASON. 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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