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Sunday 17th December 2017 - Race 3 - Willian, Herts - 10.00am start

Race Venue: The Fox Public House, Willian, Letchworth, Herts SG6 2AE
All Fairlands Valley Spartans & Hitchin Running Club look forward to welcoming you all.
UKA Licence No 192:17
PLEASE NOTE the earlier start time of 10.00am. Everyone will need to park on the road as we at present have no access to the field used last year.
PLEASE ask runners NOT to use The Fox car park.
Toilets are in the Fox pub but there are no changing facilities. There will be a long queue for both the female and male loos, so please leave plenty of time to queue.
It's about a 10 minute walk from the pub to the start.

Look forward to seeing you all.
FAIRLANDS VALLEY SPARTANS & HITCHIN RUNNING CLUB

Sunday 12th November 2017 - Race 2 Trent Park, Cockfosters

Trent Park Running Club are pleased to invite you to the 2nd
Sunday League Race, 10:30am start.
12th November 2017
at Trent Park
Race Permit UKA Number 123:17

Note: It is Remembrance Sunday so allow a bit more journey time and be prepared for a minute’s silence prior to the start.

Date: Sunday 12th November 2017

Start time 10:30am the start is half way along the Pineapple (road) on the LHS.

Course An enjoyable 2 lap course over the fields and stony paths of Trent Park. Studs / cross country/short spikes advisable- it could be very muddy in places.

Distance Approximately 5 miles / 8k

Location Trent Park (see below for directions)

Changing None available- please come ready to run. Toilets situated in main Car Park near the Café

Parking Please only use the Trent Park entrance, off Cockfosters Rd near the Underground Station.. Parking is limited so please use public transport or share cars if at all possible. There will be no parking at or access to Southgate Hockey Club.

Start and Finish About 5 mins from the car park adjacent to the tarmac road known as The Pineapple. Please aim to be there in plenty of time so that the start is not delayed.

Refreshments The Café should be open to buy refreshments.

By public transport Trent Park is situated at the end of the Piccadilly Line. Alight at Cockfosters Station. The park entrance is about a 10 minute walk away.

By car, if you are coming from North London, the car park entrance to Trent Park is on the right, approx.. a third of a mile after Cockfosters Underground Station. Approaching from the M25, take Junction 24 and head towards Southgate on the A111. It is about 2.5 miles from the motorway. Please be aware there is a speed camera a little while after you have descended the steep hill known as Stagg Hill. The Trent Park entrance is clearly marked. The nearest Post Code (Cockfosters Tube station) is EN4 0DZ Grid Ref TQ280966. Refer map for location.

Sunday 29th October 2017 - Race 1 - Cheshunt at 11am

Broxbourne Runners welcome you to the first fixture of the 2017/18 season on Sunday 29th October starting at 11:00am.
Location.
Cheshunt Park. Park Lane. Cheshunt
Herts. EN7 6QD
In order to maintain our good relationship with the Local Council and Golf Club please be mindful of the following.
There are no changing facilities but toilets and refreshments are available in the Golf Centre nearby. Showers are NOT available. Only food and drink purchased on site can be consumed on the premises. Dirty shoes are not allowed on the premises; this applies to all users.
There are usually golf and private functions taking place at the same time so parking space is very limited, please car share as much as possible.
The course is the same as previous years, circa 5-miles, three circuits of the Park, Kit is usually left (unsupervised) at the finish point, the start is in the adjacent field and is signed.
Please will all Team Managers bring to the attention of all their runners the amendment to League Race Rules :
Headphones. For safety reasons, runners must not run wearing headphones or other impediments to their hearing. Runners must be able to hear any warnings or guidance given by course marshals or race officials. The Referee can disqualify any athlete who does not comply with this rule.



Sunday Cross Country League Fixtures 2017/18

29th October 2017 - Cheshunt - Note new start time of 11.00am.

12th November 2017 - Trent Park - 10.30am.

17th December 2017 - Willian, Near Letchworth - 10.00am tbc.

14th January 2018 - Watford - 10.30am.

18th February 2018 - Royston - 10.30am.

Sunday League Fixture 4 - Sunday 14th January 2018 - Cassiobury Park, Watford WD18 7HY - 10.30am

Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 9.00am for car share to Cassiobury Park, Watford.

The start and finish is in Cassiobury Park, Watford near the Cha cafe at 10.30am.
Please come ready to run as there are no changing facilities.


Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 9.00am for car share to Cassiobury Park, Watford.

The start and finish is in Cassiobury Park, Watford near the Cha cafe at 10.30am.
Please come ready to run as there are no changing facilities.

The start and finish is near the Cha Cafe and the course of Approx five miles, takes in the picturesque woodland areas of the park. (out to the woods, then two laps and back).
There will be 5 Portaloos at near the start / finish. Note that the Cha cafe facilities are for customers only.

There are public toilets in the pedestrian underpass near to the town hall. Parking is free in or around Cassiobury Park or in local roads.

The race is free to enter for ELR Club Members, your details will be registered on the day.

Any queries please speak to Ellie, Jenny or Mike.
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Sunday League Race 3 - Sunday 17th December 2017 - Willian, Herts - 10.00am

Meet at 8.30am at Wanstead Leisure Centre for car share to Willian, Herts.

Race 3 - UKA Permit number 157:16
Hosted by Fairlands Valley Spartans.

**Please note earlier than usual start**
Race Start : 10-00am

The Course Both women and men will run approximately 5 miles. There will be a short run out from the start then two laps. Following this runners will return to the initial start location for the finish.
The course is mostly on well-maintained trails which are part of the Letchworth Greenway. It is fairly hilly and narrow in some places. There is a very short section on road which cannot be avoided.
It is suitable for trail shoes or trainers – spikes are inadvisable as approx. half of the course is on harder trails.

All parts of the route are on public land and therefore walkers, bikers etc may be on or near the course. There will be plenty of marshals to ensure the safety of runners however please be polite and respectful of the local community at all times.

Race HQ The Fox pub in Willian has kindly agreed to be Race HQ.
PLEASE REMOVE MUDDY SHOES ETC BEFORE ENTERING THE BUILDING
There will be toilets available as well as hot drinks on sale before the race from 9am. The garden area will be used as a meeting point for teams and flags etc may be set up as usual if you wish.
There is a short walk / jog to the start (shown on the map) so please arrive as early as possible. Some of this is on road, although the verge will be as short as possible.

Parking is at a premium so PLEASE car share wherever possible. This year we have been given use of a field close to the start please DO NOT use Nuffield Gym as last year. You will be directed on arrival at The Fox Public house full address The Fox, Willian Road, Willian, SG6 2AE
Parking is also available along Letchworth Lane, Baldock Lane, Willian Road and the surrounding roads – please be mindful of usual parking regulations and the local community when parking.

Saturday 2 December 2017 - Essex Vets XC Championships - Writtle, Chelmsford

Pre- entries only, see ELR names below - NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY

The venue is Writtle University College, Lordship Lane , Writtle - CM1 3RR
All women & men aged 50+ at 11.15am
Men aged 40-49 at 12pm
Course is approx. 8K for everyone.

We need to make sure that everyone has a lift who needs one, so please comment below if you either need a lift or can offer them, along with what area you live in.

Any offers of cake also welcome...

For more information, please speak to Grant Conway.

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Saturday 18 November 2017 - London XC Championships - Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath

All entries for this need to be confirmed by Wednesday 1 November. Please add your name to race entries.

For further information please speak to Ellie, Jenny or Mike.

Sunday 12th November 2016 - Sunday XC League - Race 2 - Grovelands, Southgate 10.30am

We will meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 9.00am to car share.
The second cross-country fixture of the season, at Grovelands Park, Enfield, hosted by Serpentine Running Club. This is a friendly league for all abilities and is great fun.
Full details below:

Serpentine Running Club welcomes you to the second fixture of the season on Sunday, 12th November, starting at 10.30am.

Location:
Grovelands Park
Broad Walk
Southgate
London
N21 3DA

The start and finish will be close to the lake.

There are no changing or showering facilities. Please come ready to run. Toilets are available adjoining the lakeside cafe in the centre of the park. Bring your own loo paper as the Council never supply any! The cafe should be open for after race refreshments. Kit can be left, unsupervised, close to the finish.

This will be a winding, undulating, 3-lap course of c.8000m all on open grassland. It will take a spike. Good spectator opportunities.

Street parking only. There is no car park in the park itself. There are several entrances to the park, including those in The Bourne, Broad Walk, Church Hill, Park View and Queen Elizabeth’s Drive.

Southgate (Piccadilly Line) is the closest tube station. This is about 10 minutes walk from Grovelands Park. Winchmore Hill (National Rail) is within walking distance.

Sunday 29 October 2017 - Cross Country League - Race 1 - Cheshunt - 10.30am

Sunday Cross Country League - Sunday 23rd October 2017
First fixture - Cheshunt Park at 10.30am.

Broxbourne Runners welcome you to the first fixture of the 2017 – 2018 season on Sunday 29 October starting at 10:30am.
Location.
Cheshunt Park. Park Lane. Cheshunt
Herts. EN7 6QD
In order to maintain our good relationship with the Local Council and Golf Club please be mindful of the following.
There are no changing facilities but toilets and refreshments are available in the Golf Centre nearby. Showers are NOT available. Only food and drink purchased on site can be consumed on the premises. Dirty shoes are not allowed on the premises; this applies to all users.
There are usually golf and private functions taking place at the same time so parking space is very limited, please car share as much as possible.
The course is the same as previous years, circa 5-miles, three circuits of the Park, Kit is usually left (unsupervised) at the finish point, the start is in the adjacent field and is signed.
Please will all Team Managers bring to the attention of all their runners the amendment to League Race Rules :
Headphones – For safety reasons, runners must not run wearing headphones or other impediments to their hearing. Runners must be able to hear any warnings or guidance given by course marshals or race officials. The Referee can disqualify any athlete who does not comply with this rule.



Sunday 18th February 2017 at 10.30am - Cross Country League at Royston

Sunday Cross Country League Fixture 5 - Royston
18th February 2017 - Race starts 10.30am.

Meet at 8.50am for 9.00am departure at Wanstead Leisure Centre. Car share available for final fixture of the season. Hosted by Royston Runners.

Permit Number: ARC16/114.

The Course: Both women and men will run approx 5.5 miles. There will be one small lap and two large laps. The course is mostly across open downland and is very hilly. It is suitable for spikes, studs or trail shoes.

Race HQ: Heath Sports Club.
Baldock Road,
Royston,
SG8 5BG

Parking
PLEASE NOTE : Due to several sporting fixtures being hosted on the Heath we advise that you arrive early as parking will be at a premium and we would ask runners to car share where possible.

Please obey the parking marshals.

Water at the finish
Facilities: Please note that there will be portaloos onsite for runners to use. Please use these rather than the toilets in the Heath sports club as they struggle to cope when used by large numbers of people.

Refreshments and bar available.
Please note that all muddy footwear must be removed before entering the sports centre, especially spikes. Please help us to maintain good relations with the sports club by adhering to this request!

Chingford League Points explained

Men's Race 25 points for 1st place down to 1 pt for 25th place.Vet 40's and Vet's 50 10pts for 1st to 1pt for 10th place.

Ladies Race 10 points for 1st place down to 1 pt for 10th place. Vet 35's and Vet 45's 10pts for 1st down to 1 pt for 10th place.

Team points 6 to score, positions added together and incomplete teams given last runners position to make up team score. First 6 in A Teams next 6 in B Teams. Vets Team 6 to score.

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU !!!

The Cross Country season is upon us once again and the call to Queen and Club goes out again. Ignore the viscious rumours that you have heard about mud, hills, rain, wind and cold. These are just malicious tales of propaganda circulated by the opposition. Think of it more as an easy Sunday morning jog through gently rolling countryside in refreshing weather, listening to the twitter of birds under a clear blue winter's sky. It is now even easier to enlist (sorry volunteer). Just approach any member of the Committee, take the Queen's shilling and you are in! As easy as that. The benefits are many and vast, too many to mention here. It is best to ask after your first race. I think that's enough said on this subject for the time being. The dates for future venues are in this section, so answer the call to the colours and do your bit for club and Country.

Cross country training

Some Members are doing some great Sunday morning cross country training runs at the moment.The normal distance run is circa 10 miles although shorter routes are available.The runs start from various locations. Normally meeting in car parks within Epping Forest, or sometimes leaving from the sports centre. Everybody is welcome on these runs whether running in the cross country league or not. The pace of the run is dictated by the slowest runner. At various points around most of the runs the slower runners can cut out sections of the course meeting up with the main group a little later. Always check with Dave Knight,Frank Brownlie or Roberto Bruni. Also you can join Facebook (East London Runners) group page which will show both the meeting time, distance and location of the runs.

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