As part of the juniors’ continued development, we propose to enter the club once again in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League. Cross country is an excellent way for our youngsters to develop strength and stamina and particularly improve their speed as the courses tend to be faster and less hilly than the fell races they do most of the year. Last year we had 10 juniors taking part and it would be brilliant to see us build on this in the forthcoming season.
There are four league races between October and December, all on Sundays, leading us nicely into the Kendal Winter League (which starts early in January):
- 2 October – Wakefield
- 30 October– Nunroyd
- 20 November – Spenbrough
- 4 December – Keighley
Typically, you can expect to travel approx an hour to each venue.
Races are open to athletes aged 9 (on 2nd October 2016) upwards and fall into the following age groups:
- U11 – must have had their 9th birthday but not their 11th on 2nd October 2016
- U13 years of age on 1 September 2016
- U15 years of age on 1 September 2016
- U17 years of age on 1 September 2016
- Juniors – over 17 but under 20 years of age on 1 September 2016
For the team competition, the first three athletes home form the scoring team. But the greater the number of participants means that, even if you aren’t in the scoring team, your result still matters as it affects everyone else’s position.
Cost of the entry to the league is £6 per athlete for the U11 to U17 age groups and £12 for the junior age group.
England Athletics (EA) Athlete Affiliation fee In addition to the cost of entering the league, your child must be affiliated to EA. This is an annual cost currently of £13 and covers the year to 31 March next. Our Club Secretary, Chris Beesley, will be dealing with the new EA affiliations with a block payment and will email you separately about payment once I have confirmed those interested in entering the league.
So, if your child is interested in participating in the WYCC league, please could you let me know by Sunday 11 September. Please also could you confirm if your child is already EA affiliated, noting their EA registration number and DOB ( I already hold these details if you have participated in the WYCC before). This will enable us to deal with any EA registrations and the WYCC entry forms by the due dates.
More information, previous results and participating clubs can be found on the website www.westyorkshireathletics.org.uk. Or if you have any other queries about this, just get in touch!