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Start of Cross Country

Sunday 27 September 2015

With the track season barely finished, cross country is about to re-start with the first round of the Gwent League at Newbridge Fields on 11th October ( less than two weeks away).

The Bridgend course provides an ideal start to the series as it is very flat except for a small hill in the woods.

The dates and venues for the five rounds are as follows:

October 11th: Newbridge Fields, Bridgend
November 8th: Llandaff Fields, Cardiff
December 5th: Blaise Castle, Bristol (TBC)
February 13th: Monmouth Show Grounds, Monmouth
March 5th: Penlan Leisure Centre, Brecon

Please give your name to your team manager so that you can be included in the club team. The team managers are:

Senior Men (U23 and older) – Alex Donald  07740 471573

Senior Women (U23 and older) - Arwyn Davies 07855 952862 and Liz Davies 07815952457

Junior Boys (up to under 20) – Kay Chapman 07749 716151 or kay.chapman@tesco.net

Junior Girls (up to under 20) – Tracey Gammon 07795 098053 or tagammon@btinternet.com

Don’t forget that you will need long spikes in your running spikes (available in the clubroom at £2.50 for a set of twelve) to help you grip and you must wear a club vest. You have to be at least 9 years old on the day of the race to compete and are advised to get to the venue at least one hour before your race so that you can check with your team manager and walk the course. It is a team competition so we need as many of you to compete as possible to get the most points – we won the overall prize for top junior club last season!

For more information on the first Gwent League fixture (course map, timetable, etc.) click HERE.

And here is an important request to all athletes and parents. Please remember that the team managers are volunteers and take on a difficult responsibility. If you are unhappy with anything please bear this in mind and understand the pressure that team managers are under. On some, thankfully rare, occasions team managers have had to put up with personal criticism and even abuse. Cardiff AAC will not accept this and takes the matter extremely seriously. The use of social media is regarded as particularly unacceptable.

Cross country is and extremely valuable part of an athlete's programme and can be very rewarding and enjoyable.

Good luck to all over the winter season.