Cross Country & Trail Race Fixtures
We participate as a club in local Cross-Country race leagues and several members also run in trail races. Details of the leagues are below. For a list of local Trail Race fixtures, please refer to the Mid Essex Casuals website here.
Cross Country Fixtures
Our Team Manager is Conor Culham. please let him know whether you can come to each race. Email Conor at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a minimum number needed for a team but everyone who turns up can run.
Come and represent your Club at Cross Country over the Winter in our team events but also run in county and other competitions. These races are real team events and by competing you really help your fellow club runners as the scoring system takes into account all runners in the field.
Experience the atmosphere, enjoy the challenge and camaraderie which comes with running in multi terrain in all kinds of weather.
For League Events let Connor know you are coming and check the times of your race.
We compete in two leagues:
Mid Essex League on Sundays
Essex League on Saturdays.
The lower age limit is 16 in the Mid Essex League. The limit is school years 6 & 7 in the Essex League (racing as “Under 13”). Ages 9 & 10 can run in the Essex League but do not score team points. Some clubs include a separate under 11 race at Essex League meetings.
Ages are defined as your age in the summer prior to the cross country season.
Club Vests must be worn.
Course maps will be published where known although subject to last minute change due to ground conditions.
15/12/19 Grange Farm: Great Dunmow
05/01/20 MEC: Rivenhall
19/01/20 Little Baddow
16/02/20 Springfield Striders: Highwood
Racing for those aged 16 or older over courses of approximately 8K.
Start time: 10:30
14/12/19 Writtle College
15/2/20 BDAC: Great Notley Park (Discovery Centre)
TBD Horseheath revised date, probably March 2020
Various age groups, distances and start times:
10:15 U11 Boys & Girls 1.8K (check this age group is included before travelling)
10:30 U13 Boys & Girls 3K
11:00 U15 Boys & Girls 4K ALL EXCEPT HORSEHEATH, see below
11:30 U17/20 Women 5K
12:00 U17Mne / Senior Women 6K
12:45 Senior Men 8K
Note: different times for the Horseheath event:
10.15 Under 13 Girls and Under 13 Boys 3k
10.40 Under 15 Girls and Under 15 Boys 4k
11.05 Under 17/20 Women 5k
11.30 Under 17 Men/Sen Women 6k
12.15 Senior Men 8k
Details of venue and parking will be posted on the club facebook page in the week prior to each event.
Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Writtle CM1 3RR
Parking is in the main car parks close to the course and sign posted from Lordship Road. Lots of spaces available but it can get quite busy and in constant use by the students, so please allow enough time. Nearest refreshments will be at the teashop across Lordship Road, a 7 or 8 minute walk from the course.
Epping Forest (Orion) clubhouse, Jubilee Retreat,Bury Road, Chingford E4 7QJ. No parking at the clubhouse. Use Chingford Plain Car Park or 5 minute walk from Chingford Rail and Bus stations. See course maps here (all races start and finish at the end of the short yellow section, but this is not part of the lap itself).
Apex Playing Fields, Apex Corner, Hockley SS5 5AU. There is limited parking at the venue itself and you may need to park in the surrounding roads. Please park considerately and car share where possible. Note the school (Greensward College) is now unavailable for parking. There will be limited toilet facilities but no changing facilities at the site.
Little Baddow, Recreation Ground, Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow (CM3 4AU) 10.30am. Start is 10 min walk from the recreation ground approximately 150m down track in Postmans Lane. Strictly no parking at the start. Limited parking at recreation ground; also at Memorial Hall (CM3 4TA) at top of North Hill. Please car share where possible. Changing, toilets and showers available for men and ladies along with aprés race refreshments at the club house in Riffhams Chase where the results will be announced. Toilet facilities also available at the Memorial Hall (PRE-RACE ONLY). The hall will be locked (and not re-opened) shortly before the race starts so please do not leave any items in the hall and please leave no litter on the course or anywhere.
Directions to Little Baddow Ridge Runners Clubhouse (Riffhams Chase)
Heading from Chelmsford towards Danbury along the A414, in the middle of Danbury/Eves Corner (at the mini roundabout, village shops and pond) turn left into Little Baddow Road, continue along this road which leads onto the Ridge. On this road (after approx 1 mile from Eves corner) there is a triangular road warning sign for a school, shortly after this is Riffhams Chase, turn left into this road, (if you pass the Generals Arms public house which is on the left, you have gone too far). After 50 meters (in Riffhams chase) on the right is a turning in between some trees, the clubhouse pavilion is at the end of this short track.
Heading from Maldon/Woodham Mortimer towards Danbury along the A414, in the middle of Danbury/Eves Corner (where the mini roundabout, village shops and pond are) turn right into Little Baddow Road, continue along this road which leads onto the Ridge. On this road (after approx 1 mile from Eves corner) there is a triangular road warning sign for a school, shortly after this is Riffhams Chase, turn left into this road, (if you pass the Generals Arms public house which is on the left, you have gone too far) after 50 meters (in Riffhams chase) on the right is a turning in between some trees, the club house pavilion is at the end of this short track.
Great Notley Country Park, CM77 7FS, only accessible from the N-bound A131 carriageway. The car park may be busy after the earlier Park Run. Please try to car share. Pay for parking at the machines before you leave (2hrs is £3.50). You can walk through the underpass from the adjacent Great Notley housing estate but if you choose to do this please park considerately. There is also free parking at Tesco’s if you leave within 3 hours. Use the crossing by the roundabout to enter the park. The courses are generally grassy, hilly in parts,likely to be slippery and in parts muddy. Parts (in particular the longer races) are on firm gravel paths. There is no u11’s race. Changing rooms and toilets are accessible from the back of the Discovery centre building. Do use the café but not for changing nor just to keep warm.
Rivenhall Community Hall CM8 3PH TL829175, please park neatly at the community hall or 30yds North on same side (signed “Free Parking”) or 100yds South in layby opposite Witham road. NO parking in Beech road please. Toilets and Free refreshments in the Community hall.
NO muddy footwear in the Hall. Start is 800 metres away across fields. 5 miles in 2 laps, all off road on public footpaths. Start and Finish on footpath near Stoverns Hall: cross road from Community Hall into St Mary’s road and at Footpath Signpost turn right between houses onto footpath, straight ahead on a RH field edge. Bear right across a field on an obvious path, cross a footbridge, turn left on a LH field edge. At the field corner turn right with the hedge on your left, to the start at the Track. Spikes or Studs are OK.
One Tree Hill is part of Langdon Hills Country Park, Horndon on the Hill, Corringham SS17 9NH. From Chelmsford, follow A130 south, then on to the A13 towards London. Exit at junction with A176 then continue on to the B1420 to the junction for “One Tree Hill”. Turn right here (passes back over the A13) and follow for about half a mile. The car park entrance is on the left.
Hylands Park is accessed via Greenbury Way, A414 (not the A12), closest satnav: CM1 3RL. There is a large free car park near to the start area. Loos but no changing. Commercial refreshments.
Horseheath Point to Point course is midway between Horseheath and Linton on the A1307. The postcode of the course is CB21 4QF but CB21 4QP will probably get you closer on most sat navs Travelling West along the A1307 from Haverhill look for the entrance to the course on the LH side of the road about 1 mile after passing Horseheath (just after road becomes a dual carriageway)