Age Groups

Two races are held at each event, a junior race and a senior race.

Runners in the senior race must be at least 16. This allows second year U17 athletes(school year 12) to chose to run in either race but not both.

The junior is run as one race but split into girl and boy categories for each of the following age groups.

Age Group School Years
Under 11 3, 4, 5 and 6
Under 13 7 and 8
Under 15 9 and 10
Under 17 11 and 12

Note that these age groups are in line with the standard AAA XC age groups (as used by the Essex League and championship races)


Entry to the junior race is free, entry to the senior race is £3 but normally covered by the club.

Please talk to your team manager about your availability.

Where and When

There are up to 6 fixtures between October and March.

Each fixture is on a Sunday. Junior race starts at 10:00, senior race at 10:45.

Fixtures are spread around mid and North Essex and South Suffolk.


The senior races are around 8km. The junior races are up to 2km.

There are around 12 teams. The senior league is split into two pools with promotion and relegation at the end of the season.

Runners score points in each race based on their position. In the senior race the first eight men and four women count towards the teams score. In the junior race the first five runners (boy or girl) count towards the team score.

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