Berkshire Cross Country Championships

Berkshire Athletics

Cross Country Championships

DATE: December 19, 2021

VENUE: The Copas Fruit Fields, Off Long Lane, Cookham, Maidenhead SL6 9RF

Please note – the venue is on private land and the course cannot be accessed before race day. Advance videos of the course will be posted on our social media accounts: Twitter @BerkshireAthle1; Insta @berkshireathletics and on Berkshire Athletics Facebook page

ENTRIES OPEN: October 25, 2021

WHERE TO ENTER: via Open Track https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2021/GBR/berksxc/

ENTRIES CLOSE: Midnight December 12, 2021

TIMETABLE:

11.00: Race 1 - Senior, Masters (V35 and above) and Junior (U20) Men - 10km (8km juniors)

11.40: Race 2 - Senior, Masters (V35 and above) and Junior (U20) Women - 10km (6km juniors)

12.30: Presentation for Race 1

12.35: Race 3 - Under 15 Boys 4km

12.50: Race 4 - Under 15 Girls 4km

13.00: Presentation for Race 2

13.05: Race 5 - Under 13 Boys 3km

13.15: Race 6 - Under 13 Girls 3km

13.20: Presentation for Races 3&4

13.25: Race 7 - Under 17 Men 5km

13.40: Presentation for Races 5&6

13.45: Race 8 - Under 17 Women 5km

14.20: Presentation for Races 7&8

AGE GROUPS:

U13                  Age 11 on the day of the competition or 12 on 31st August 2021

U15                  Ages 13 & 14 on 31st August 2021

U17                  Ages 15 & 16 on 31st August 2021

U20*                Ages 17, 18 & 19 on 31st August 2021

Seniors             Age must be 20 or over on 31st August 2021 and under 35 on the day of the competition (born after 19th December 1986)

                    Masters (V35 and above)   Age must be 35 or over on the day of the competition (born on or before 19th December 1986)

ELIGIBILITY:

To be eligible to compete, an athlete must have been born in Berkshire, or have had 9 months’ continuous bona fide residency in the county prior to the date of competition (December 19th 2021), or have served in a unit of HM Forces stationed in Berkshire for 9 months immediately prior to the competition.

A student does not acquire a residential qualification by residence in Berkshire in school/college term time only.

NOTES:

Club vests must be worn.

If an athlete is 11 on the day of the race, they may compete as an Under 13.

*Anybody who is 20 between 1st September 2021 and 31st December 2021 will need to register as a senior at the County Championships, if they wish to be considered for the Senior team at the Inter Counties Championships. As that competition is held under IAAF rules, these athletes would be too old to qualify for the Under 20 team.

An athlete in the Masters age group will only be allowed to enter as a Master and not as a Senior. This also applies to team results.

Athletes are reminded to read UKA Rule G2 (21) S 6 UKA Supplement regarding county qualification, and Rule G2 (21) S 1 UKA Supplement regarding Athlete Registration.

DETAILS:

Entries can only be made via the Open Track website. Postal entries will NOT be accepted.

People entering via the Open Trackwebsite will be emailed further details after entries have closed.

Individual Entry Fee £8.00 per athlete (for ALL Age Groups).

ALL ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

NO LATE ENTRIES, NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY, OR REQUESTS TO CHANGE EVENTS AFTER THE CLOSING DATE, WILL BE ACCEPTED.

The closing date for entries will be December 12th, 2021.

MORE INFORMATION:

If you have any questions or queries about this year’s championships, please email Sam Whalley (berkshirexc@berkshireathletics.org.uk).

TEAM ENTRIES:

No entry fee – teams do not need to be entered.

Team entries will be based on individual entry classifications, i.e. Masters cannot count as seniors.

For senior men, the first six (and subsequent six) finishers from a club will automatically be counted as a team.

For all other age groups, the first three (and subsequent three) finishes from a club will constitute a team.

PRIZES:

Medals will be awarded to the first three finishers in each age group, and members of the first three complete teams in each age group.

CRITERIA TO BE USED IN THE SELECTION OF THE BERKSHIRE TEAMS FOR THE INTER-COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Subject to the two exceptions set out below, in each age group from Under 13 to Under 20, the first eight athletes to finish at the Berkshire Cross Country Championships will be offered a place. Athletes finishing between 9th and 12th will be offered the four reserve places.

Subject to the two exceptions set out below, in the Senior Women’s and the Senior Men’s age groups, the first nine athletes to finish at the Berkshire Cross Country Championships will be offered a place. Athletes finishing between 10th and 15th will be offered the six reserve places.

The only exceptions to the above are:

  1. An athlete who has been selected to compete at a higher level competition than the County Championships within 10 days of those Championships (19th December 2021);
  2. An athlete who has finished in the first three at the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Championships (cancelled this year), who is unable to compete in the Berkshire Championships due to illness or injury.

In either of the above cases, Berkshire Athletics must be informed at least the day before the Berkshire Championships (by 18th December 2021). An athlete meeting either of these criteria will take the place of the 8th or 9th finisher, depending on the age group, who would be offered a reserve place instead of the 12th or 15th finisher respectively.