SYCAA Cross Country 2019

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. Registration sheets will be with Club Secretaries mid September.  The dates and venues for the League are:

Sunday 13 October          Nofolk Heritage Park, Sheffield

Sunday 27 October          Campsall Country Park, nr Askern

Sunday 17 November      Kiveton Community Woodland

Sunday 8 December        Penistone Showground

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: 8 December

Remember that 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.

Also note that there is no entry on the day for the Championships.

Changes for this year

This year the League and Championships is being run by a team of people. I am no longer XC Secretary, but I have agreed to stay on this year to help make a smooth transfer. The team are:

Judith Kippax (Valley Hill), who will be doing runner registration and results. She can be contacted at:

Julia Hopkinson (Hallamshire), who will be co-ordinating officials and doing the facilities bookings

Simon Pike (Penistone), who will be linking with clubs hosting events, checking courses, etc

Their email addresses will be posted on the webiste in due course

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) 19 October, Graves Park Sheffield

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.

Pete McLeod

Ex-XC Secretary (for the XC Team)