What is the Harrier League?
It’s a series of 6 cross country races for clubs in the North East of England. You have to be a member of a club to take part and you have to wear your club vest to compete. You get one number that you keep and have to wear at each race. Look after it. Wearing the wrong one leads to disqualification! You don’t have to compete all of the races and you can start at any point in the season. The races take place at different venues across the North East, with a wide variety of terrains included. You don’t have to be of a particular standard to take part, so even if you’re new to running you can give it a go. All abilities are represented. But you will need spikes or trail shoes – all races are off road. A love of mud helps too!
How do I take part?
Blackhill Bounders have 3 team managers – Ian Young for the men, Sarah Lister for the women, and Stewy Bell for the Juniors. Once registration is open for the new season, we will let you know, then all you will need to do is contact the respective manager with your date of birth, and pay a registration fee of £2, (which covers entry for all 6 races), so the captains can register you on the NEHL on-line system.
The NHEL website with more information, news, and results, can be found here http://www.harrierleague.
For an alternative version, you can read “All you need to know about taking part in Cross Country” by Neil Capstick.
Start Fitness North East Harrier League
Cross Country Fixtures 2016-2017
Sat 1st Oct 2016 – Wrekenton
Sun 9th Oct 2016 – Druridge Bay
Sat 19th Nov 2016 – Sherman Cup, Temple Park
Sat 26th Nov 2016 – Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee (1)
Sat 7th Jan 2017 – Herrington Park (to be confirmed)
Sat 11th Feb 2017 – Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee (2)
Sat 4th Mar 2017 – Alnwick Castle
Please note: You must keep your number for the whole season including the Davison Shield & Sherman Cup. Do not throw it out after the first fixture.
Timetable of events on the day
Races for the different age and gender categories are run according to the order below at each event (timings are approximate – the courses vary in length so always be there in plenty of time as races can be earlier than ex-pected. The different ages/genders run separate races):
- 12.15 Under 11 Boys & Girls
- 12.25 Under 13 Boys
- 12.35 Under 13 Girls
- 12.45 Under 15 Boys
- 12.55 Under 15 Girls
- 13.05 – 13.10 **Under 17 & Under 20 Women
- 13.10 – 13.15 **Senior & Veteran Women
- 13.50 – 14.00 **Under 17 Men
- 14.15 – 14.25 **Senior & Veteran Men
** Please note, that these event timings are very much subject to alteration depending upon the nature of the course, and the timings of previous events on the day** Please, at all times pay attention for Starters Whistles for call up to your particular event. **The fixture at Wrekenton does NOT have an under-11 race.
Harrier League rules and format
Club Results (2016/17 Season)
Collated by Lee Mitcheson