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07 October 2017 » 24 February 2018

Athletics NI XC League

 

The Athletics Northern Ireland Cross Country League is about to enter its seventh year. During this time the numbers taking park in Cross Country has increased year on year and the league has played a key part in driving up participant numbers and introducing new people to Cross Country.  A team element is much more important in Cross Country than in Road Running and so a winter season of Cross Country can play a significant part in bolstering club spirit and camaraderie and in providing a welcome alternative to road competition.

Feedback from Clubs and Individuals did not highlight too many issues with last year’s operation but two significant changes are being introduced. The number of events in the league is being increased to nine with the return of the Stormont Cross Country in February. Given the very crowded pre Christmas period of events involving six races in only eight weeks, clubs will again be able to choose their best 4 scores over these six events (men and women score separately).There will now be three league events in the post-Christmas period and all  these events will count towards the final scores.

The prize fund for the league will be increased with over £2500 in the pot and the first eight teams, (up from 6) in both Men’s and Women’s sections, will receive prizes. It is hoped this will help generate continuing interest throughout all stages of the league.

Therefore the points scoring system for teams will be revised with the first eight club teams of 4 scoring points, with 16 points now being awarded to the winning team 14 for second down to 2 points for eighth.  The individual points score will remain at a maximum of 16 with each runner scoring one point. Clubs do not need to specifically enter the league as the points tally will be compiled from the results of each event included in the league. The final event of the series – the NI & Ulster Senior Championships – will attract double points

Full details of how the points awarded for performance and participation will be scored are available at www.athleticsni.org/events

The League has contributed significantly to the increase in both participation and interest in cross country running across Northern Ireland, with larger fields turning out for races each year. It is hoped that these changes will create further interest in Cross Country running and will make participation in the league more manageable for clubs to compete.

 

LEAGUE RULES

 

Athletics Northern Ireland Cross Country League Fixtures 2017-2018:

14th October 17        

 Comber Cup

Billy Neill Playing Fields, Dundonald

28th October 17      

Bobby Rea Memorial Races                                

Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor

4th November 17   

McConnell Shield                    

Ballyclare

2nd December 17

Malcolm Cup     

Ballyclare

9th December 17   

Mighty Oaks                               

Cookstown

16th December 17     

North West Cross Country           

Gransha, Derry

6th January 18         

Antrim International                 

Greenmount Campus, Antrim

3rd February 18       

Stormont Cross Country

Stormont Grounds, Belfast

24th February 18

NI & Ulster Senior 

Lurgan Park, Lurgan