Chiltern League Cross Country Information

We attended the Chiltern Cross Country League AGM on Thursday evening and can now bring you the following headline information in preparation for the forthcoming cross-country season.

The Chiltern League is a very well established and professionally run league with a core team of officials that will manage each event. The coming year will see 42 clubs competing across two divisions with athletes from U11s through to Masters, all competing on the same day, with up to 1,500 athletes at each round. This is a massive plus point for NAC as it means that athletes across all ages will be together competing as one club on the same day and not split off into other leagues as they get older. We were made very welcome at the AGM.

The fixture dates are as follows: 

  • Saturday October 12th, 2019 – Shotover Hill, Oxford
  • Saturday November 9th, 2019 – Teardrop Lakes Milton Keynes (inc: British Cross Challenge)
  • Saturday December 7th, 2019 – Stopsley Common, Luton
  • Saturday January 11th, 2020 – Keysoe, Bedford
  • Saturday February 8th, 2020 – Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

As you can see from the list above, travelling time and distance will be a vast improvement. Apart from a completely new set of courses to run and different clubs to run against, there are likely to be a few surprises along the way such as the water filled ditches to run through – what is there not to like about cross country?

We will compete in Division 2 for this season and information taken from the league’s website is as follows (further information can be found at: http://www.chilternccl.co.uk/

There is also a Facebook page with some fantastic photos of what to expect: https://www.facebook.com/chilternccl/

Team Races
Division 1:
Senior men (10 to score) including veteran men (4 to score) and Under 20 men (3 to score)
Under 17 men (4 to score)
Under 15 boys (4 to score)
Under 13 boys (4 to score)
Senior ladies (6 to score) including veteran ladies (4 to score)
Under 20/under 17 ladies (3 to score)
Under 15 girls (4 to score)
Under 13 girls (4 to score)

Division 2:
Senior men (8 to score) including veteran men (4 to score) 
Under 17 men (3 to score)
Under 15 boys (3 to score)
Under 13 boys (3 to score)
Senior ladies (5 to score) including veteran ladies (4 to score)

Under 20/under 17 ladies (3 to score)
Under 15 girls (3 to score)
Under 13 girls (3 to score)

Extra events
Under 11 boys (3 to score)
Under 11 girls (3 to score)
There will be no separate divisions (and one set of medals/individual awards) for these races.

All races are scored on a reverse scoring basis, i.e. if there are 50 athletes in a race and a club has athletes in 1st, 3rd, 8th and 10th places they score 50+48+43+41 = 182 points. This means that a club does not have to have the full number of athletes to complete a team. Scores from the different age group races (excluding under 11’s and veterans) are added into overall male, female and male plus female team scores.

In the senior races, athletes can count in both the senior and veteran or senior and junior team scoring.

All races except the veterans and junior races (where athletes can be scoring twice) count towards the overall league scoring.

Only first claim members can score for their clubs. Second claim members and athletes transferring clubs can compete as guests. Guest athletes should use a number from their club and should be clearly marked on club declarations as non-scorers. Athletes who are in none of these categories and not members of clubs affiliated to the league can compete for a fee of £3 per match and should report to the results secretary to collect a number.

Age Groups
Young athletes’ age groups are taken as under the mentioned age at midnight 31st August/1st September preceding the season. Under 11’s must be over 9 on 31st August/1st September preceding the season. Veterans must have reached their age category (over 35, 45 for ladies, 40, 50 or 60 for men) on the day of the race. If an athlete becomes a veteran or if veteran changes category during the season they are scored in the younger category unless they have completed at least 4 matches during the season in the older category.

Individual Awards
Leading athletes over the season can win the following awards. The scoring is based on the athletes best 4 races out of the 5 in a season, their positions being added together to give their score.

First three senior men, first three veterans over 40, first three veterans over 50, first three veterans over 60, first three juniors, first three in senior competition regardless of age group.
First three under 17 men, first three under 15 boys, first three under 13 boys.
First three senior ladies, first three veterans over 35, first three veterans over 45, first three veterans over 55, first three juniors, first three under 17 ladies, first three in senior competition regardless of age group.
First three under 15 girls, first three under 13 girls.
First three under 11 boys, first three under 11 girls.

No awards are made if insufficient athletes compete in 4 races in a category. However, if a match is cancelled the awards are made on the basis of the best 3 out of 4 races, the overriding principle being that athletes can miss one match.

Match Timetables
The standard timetable at each match is as below.
However always check on these web pages or with your team manager – times may have to be adjusted if the courses cannot accommodate the standard timetable.

11.30 under 11 girls,
11.45 under 11 boys,
12.00 under 13 girls,
12.15 under 13 boys,
12.30 under 15 girls,
12.45 under 15 boys,
13.00 under 20/17 ladies,
13.15 senior ladies,
13.40 under 17 men, 
14.00 senior men.

For the final match the senior men’s race starts earlier to facilitate early results presentations:
11.30 under 11 girls,
11.45 under 11 boys,
12.00 under 13 girls,
12.15 under 13 boys,
12.30 under 15 girls,
12.45 under 15 boys,
13.00 under 20/17 ladies,
13.30 senior men,
14.30 under 17 men,
14.35 senior ladies.

Recommended race distances
Senior men 8000 – 10000m
Under 17 men 5500 – 6000m
Under 15 boys 4000 – 4500m
Under 13 boys 2500 – 3000m
Senior ladies 5500 – 6000m
Under 20/17 ladies – 4500 – 5000m
Under 15 girls 3500 – 4000m
Under 13 girls 2500 – 3000m
Under 11 boys and girls – 2000m

The Dennis Orme Trophy (new in 2015/16)

The winning Club shall be the one with the highest percentage increase in the number of performances by runners of all age groups over the previous season subject to:Clubs cannot win the trophy until they have completed two seasons in the League (this is to stop a new club winning that may only have say 50 appearances in its first year and then say 120 in its second year – an increase of 140%).To qualify Clubs will also have a base line of 70 appearances or more (5 fixtures by 10 men and 5 fixtures by 4 women).This will enable a seniors only Club to win the trophy and not give an unfair advantage to Clubs with many seniors and juniors.