Flahavan's Porridge Primary School Cross Country League

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The Flahavan's Primary Schools Cross Country league is for children in P5-P7. Due to the ongoing covid restrictions, this year's events will have Round 1 across 9 different areas and then the Final.. The top 3 teams and 5 individuals (from each area) take part in a Northern Ireland Final. The top 20 girls & boys from the Final will be invited to join the Flahavan’s Porridge Athletics NI Junior Cross Country Squad.

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New Schools

If your School wishes to join the Athletics NI Primary School Cross Country League all you have to do is email info@athleticsni.org with the following information:

  • School Name
  • Full Address inc Post Code
  • Contact Teacher & Email Address (please be aware that all communications regarding the league will be sent to this teacher and email address)
  • The Region in which you wish to take part (see venues below)

TRAINING GUIDELINES

Closing Dates for Entries

Round 1: 15th November at 5pm

Schools have to compete in both areas as both of these scores count for the final. You can run up to 6 pupils from P5 - P7, however only the top 4 finishers will count towards your school’s team score. Girls and boys teams will be separate.

 Please note the details below may change for this year's Flahavan's Primary School Cross Country League due to the Coronavirus restrictions.

Teams/ Individuals

Girls & Boys teams will be separate with 4 to score for a team. You can run 6 in each of the main races.

Due to the popularity of the League in some areas we have had to adjust the race set up. For areas with high numbers (more than 20 schools entered) there will be 5 races. Due to COVID these numbers will be watched closely, changes may be made closer to the time. This is for the early closing dates.

Race 1 Individual Race (non-scoring there is no cap on entries in the individual race) (mixed), Race 2 & 3 (2 Girls Races) and Race 4 & 5 (2 Boys Races). Where there are 2 girls and 2 boys main races, they will be presented with medals for first 3 in each race, the results will be recorded as two separate races with the team results being added together to get overall team results. Races that have to be split into 2 girls and 2 boys races will be split at random.

For areas with less than 20 schools entered but with high numbers there will be 3 races. Race 1 will be a Individual Race (non-scoring) for pupils not in the top 6 – boys & girls will run together, race 2 will be for girls - only your top 6 girls will be allowed to race, and race 3 will be boys - only your top 6 boys will be allowed to race.

Pupils taking part in the Individual Race (non-scoring) (1st race) will NOT count towards the teams scores this race is just for fun and to give the participants a chance to try cross country. *Individual Race’s (non-scoring) will only be run if entries are high in that area.

The school team that has the best overall team score (taken from each area will then be eligible for an overall county prize and to compete in the NI Final in January. Top 3 teams from each area will compete in the NI Final in January.

Individuals - If a school does not have enough for a team but you have some keen runners you can enter pupils individually in the main races. The top 5 individuals from each area will make the NI Final.

Note: Due to COVID-19 we have placed some restrictions in place for the safety of the children, volunteers and staff at the event. We have decided to split some of the larger areas. Schools will only be able to compete in 1 area. There will only be 1 round and a final for all schools. Numbers for each area will be watched closely as some adjustments may be made to protect all children. Hopefully we will be back to two rounds next year.

Age

Only pupils from P5 to P7 are eligible to compete.

Start

At the start of each race you must line your school up in single file. Putting your strongest runners to the front. If there is enough space you may be able to start in two’s. It’s at the Race Directors deception where teams are allocated a start pen. We will call schools up to the start at the very last minute. Please do not gather at the start before you are called. Please do not touch the chip on the back of the bib number or else a time will not be recorded.

Finish

At the end of each race there will be a finishing line clearly sign posted. The finish line will be marked with 2 flags or a line. After each runner crosses the line please leave as quickly as possible do not gather around the finish area. Do not touch the chip on the back of the bib this may affect the results.

Sportsmanship

Athletics is a non contact sport and therefore there should not be any physical contact during the race. For cross country where everybody is tightly packed at the start it is understandable that there might be slight contact (officials will be watching) but any contact observed by officials during the final stages of the race will lead to disqualification.

We would also ask that all spectators/ parents or teachers refrain from using any offensive or aggressive languages towards any of the staff, officials or runners. This is a primary school children’s event and as such, offensive language will not be tolerated.

All athletes, parents, guardians, coaches and other spectators at the events must support the event in a dignified and courteous manner. Shouting, arguing or being disrespectful towards officials, volunteers and athletes will not be tolerated and may result in the offender being removed from the arena, and the related athlete or school being disqualified. Any protests should be made directly to the event manager in charge of the event.

Entries

All runners’ names must be entered online. For each area you must submit your runners names before the closing date, using only the official online entry section. Each runner will receive their own number (a new number will be given for the final. Please do not allow a child to run under someone else’s name. You can change the team runners. If a child is sick or unable to attend at the last minute, we can assign a new number that morning. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE ENTRIES.

Photography

Photographs will be taken during the different areas and at the NI final, these will be used on the Athletics NI website and for media. When completing the application form you must tick whether there is parental consent for Athletics NI to use each child’s photograph. If a child from your school is not allowed to be photographed then please let us know and we can delete any Athletics NI photos that they are in.

Area Distances

Athletics NI have made the distances more progressive to follow the UK Athletics and Athletics Ireland guidelines. Round 1 – approximately 1200m and the final approximately 1400m. Athletics NI have developed a guideline training programme that you can use if needed.

Footwear

Spikes can be worn for cross country although as they are only primary school children they should not be any longer than 9mm. Children wearing spikes will most likely be used to wearing them but if a child from your school is wearing spikes you must remind them to be careful with them and to avoid getting too close to other athletes.

Pacing

NO pacing is allowed during races. Athletes will be disqualified if they are seen to be being paced (followed around) the course by teachers, parents or other athletes.

*Wheelchair race (WCH)

There will be 1 wheelchair race this year, at Lurgan Park.

The wheelchair races will take place on footpaths/ playgrounds and will be 200m. Children can use their own wheelchair. Children from any primary school in Northern Ireland can take part in the wheelchair races stated above, they do not have to be from that area.

Entry fee

Online entry – all entries must be done online. Entry fee is £15 per team (up to 6 children in a team with boys & girls separate) and £3 for any individuals.

Pupil’s names must be entered online. Once a child has been entered the first time their details will remain in the online system. Receipts for entries can be printed from the online system.

*We have now included chip timing for all areas and the final. Please make sure the chip is not touched at the back of the bib number. Pin the bib number on with 4 pins as normal. You do not have to return the chip after the race*