I hope everyone has had a very Happy Christmas !
As you’ll be aware from my previous emails, the Kendal Winter League starts on Sunday 7th January at Scout Scar near Kendal. We are hoping that once again, our juniors will be taking part in the league in large numbers !
A schedule of the fixtures is on the Helm Hill website.
The organisers have requested that anyone wishing to take part should download a registration form, fill it in and bring along to the first fixture they attend. The form is here
These races (all entry-on-the-day) are great fun and a good way to introduce juniors to racing on the fells. Minimum age to take part is 8 years old on the day. The Giggleswick Kendal Fixture is on Sunday 21st January. It would be great if ALL our juniors (over 8) could run in this, our most local fixture. Last year we had 45 running – why not 50 this time ?!!
KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE – BEGINNERS GUIDE
For the benefit of those parents who are not familiar with this League, here is a quick resume of what it is and how it works………..
Please note that the junior age-groups areas follows (but please note that ages are now taken as at 31/12/18)
Under 13 (but must be over 8 on the day). Distance approx 1 mile
Under 15 (approx 1.5 – 2 miles)
Under 17 (approx 2.5 miles)
Seniors (3 miles - 5 miles)
Entries are on the day only and it is £1 for juniors (£4 for seniors).
Junior races always start at noon with the Under 13s going off first. It’s best to arrive an hour or so before the start to give you time to find parking, get your child registered and so that your child can get familiar with the course and get “warmed-up” properly. You need to register your child (and pay the £1) at each race. At your first race you attend you will be given a number to retain for the whole series.
Juniors should wear their Settle Harriers vests in the races although they will probably need to wear something under this – either a t-shirt or thermal vest depending on the weather. Please bring warmer clothing for juniors to wear before and after their race. A hot drink for afterwards is also a good idea !
– VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING KIT !
JUNIORS MUST ALSO BRING ALONG EMERGENCY KIT TO EVERY RACE & BE PREPARED TO CARRY IT. At each race, it will be up to the organisers to decide whether it should be carried and this may depend on the weather conditions on the day. “Kit” for juniors means carrying a WATERPROOF TOP, HAT & GLOVES. It is easiest to carry this in a small “bum bag” or some prefer just to tie it around their waist. If it is very cold or wet, juniors may prefer to wear the extra kit instead – which is fine.
It is best to wear footwear with good grip in these races – fell-running or trail-running shoes are ideal or trainers if they have very good grip.
You can take part in as many or as few of the races as you like. The “league” results for juniors are based on your best 5 races. Awards (decorated T-shirts and a medal last year) are also made at the end of the series to all juniors who complete 5 or more races.
Some of the KWL races will also count towards our Settle Harriers Junior Championships – Giggleswick on 21st January will be the first of these.
If you need more information, please contact me. Hope to see lots of you at Scout Scar, Giggleswick and at the other league fixtures.