SYCAA Cross Country 2018

The Up and Running South Yorkshire League

The pattern of fixtures follows the pattern set last year. There  are two fixtures in October, one in November and one in December. Up and Running are again sponsoring the League and we are very grateful to them for their support.  As usual, there are 4 league fixtures, with the final one also being the Championships. Purchase of a number is through your club and the cost of a number covers all four fixtures. Numbers will be with Club Secretaries mid September.  The dates and venues for the League are:

Sunday 14 October          Clifton Park, Rotherham

Sunday 28 October          Campsall Country Park, nr Askern

Sunday 18 November      Cannon Hall, Cawthorne

Sunday 9 December        Graves Park, Sheffield

A big thank you to all clubs which have agreed to host events. At the time of writing it is not possible to name them all.

The SYCAA XC Championships: 9 December

This date is a week earlier than that advertised in early versions of the season calendar.

Senior races take place at the start of the programme for this event.  Junior races follow, with the first junior race being the U15 Boys. The timetable can be found under the Championships tab. The other fixtures start with Under 11s and the senior races come at the end of the programme.

Changes for this year

There are two changes for this year:

- firstly, after years of struggling to identify U17 runners as they come tearing past in with the seniors, there will be a separate series of numbers for U17s, probably in a different colour. Clubs will register the names of U17s who want to run in the usual way and the League secretary will then allocate a number. Clubs will be informed as to how these can be collected.

- secondly, there will be NO entry on the day for the final league event and championships. a date will be advertised in advance as to what the deadline for entries will be.

FV65 Age Group

As last year, there will be a separate FV65 age group. Athletes in this age group will compete in the Over 17 Ladies event and run the same distance. There will be League and Championship awards for this age group.

Divisions, Promotion and Relegation

A reminder that Clubs will be competing for separate Junior and Senior trophies based on their performance over the season and the divisions and their promotion and relegation issues will only relate to senior/vet runners. The Juniors will have just the one division. (see under the 'Divisions' tab).

Northern XC Relays (incorporating the SYCAA Relay Champs) 20 October

The staging of the Northern Relay Championships is again taking place at Graves Park  and will incorporate the SYCAA championships. Medals will be awarded to the first 3 South Yorkshire teams* in every age group, and the U11 events are open ONLY to South Yorkshire clubs.  All entries via the Northern Athletics website. Information and entry forms are available available on the Northern Athletics website. Please do you best to support this event - it is a great way to get club members into cross country.

* i.e. it is possible for one club to win more than one set of medals.

New XC Secretary needed

This is my last year as SYCAA XC Secretary. I have enjoyed my 20 years of organising XC events for you, but I have reached the age when there are other things I want to do. I am hopeful that there is someone (or maybe some people) out there who would be interested in taking over the role and I am happy to share what I have learned - just have a word with me at one of the fixtures. Cross country is a great sport and it needs to continue!

Pete McLeod

XC Secretary


Updated 07/10/18