Essex County Cross Country
Saturday 9th January at Writtle University College
Hosted By Chelmsford AC
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The 2021 Essex County Cross Country Championships are being held at Writtle University College on their beautiful countryside campus and is proudly hosted by Chelmsford AC.
We at Chelmsford AC are determined to put on races for our wonderful running community and make the event as enjoyable, competitive and memorable as we can whilst working within the current constraints of Government Covid-19 guidelines. For current guidelines click here.
Our priority is and always will be the safety of our athletes, officials and dedicated volunteers so now more than ever we ask everyone to help us meet that goal and do everything you can to abide by all the race guidelines remembering that this will only work if you and everyone plays their part with the utmost diligence.
Protect your loved ones and download the NHS contact tracing App here. We kindly request that everyone over the age of 16 visiting the venue to use the QR Codes that we'll have on site to do an App Check-in.
All athletes and companions are required to complete our Health Questionnaire in the week before the event. (not before 3rd Jan 2021)
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The 2021 Championships are open to age groups U13 to U20, it is with great regret that due to restrictions laid down by the Government and therefore UKA we are unable to provide races for our Seniors and Vets.
£6.50 per athlete
Team Managers will be given a link to the Athlete Registration portal where they can register all the athletes they wish to compete. The closing date for entries is 21st December 2020 after which we will calculate how many athletes from each club are competing and send a bill to cover that amount for payment by BACS.
We appreciate that the charge is higher than other years but please be assured we've have kept the price as low as we possibly can. The increase is due to extra measures required so we can put this race on during the Covid pandemic. The extra costs cover an increased medical presence, portable outside WC's, extra signage and consumable such as wristbands etc.
Under 13: Ages 11 & 12 years as at 31st Aug/1 Sept 2020 (Must be 11 years old on the day of Competition)
Under 15: Ages 13 & 14 years as at the 31 Aug/1st Sept 2020.
Under 17: Ages 15 & 16 years as at the 31 Aug/1st Sept 2020.
Under 20: Ages 17, 18 & 19 years as at the 31st Aug/1st Sept 2020.
On The Day
Race numbers to be collected on the day by Team Managers at the Registration Desk near the Start/Finish arena.
Strictly ONE companion per athlete NO EXCEPTIONS.
Each athlete and their one companion will be temperature checked upon arrival (see map) by trained medical staff (Note to athletes: DO NOT warm up before you've had your temperature checked) if the checks are OK the athlete and their companion will only then be issued with a coloured wristband which corresponds to the race they are in. The athlete will need this wristband to gain entrance to the race arena and their companion will need it to gain entrance to the race viewing area. Please note that ANY breach of this rule will result in the disqualification of the athlete and they and their companion will be asked to leave the campus immediately.
Once the race is finished both the main race arena and the race viewing area will be emptied via our one way system which will take you back to the car park. Parents/Companions don't worry there is a rendezvous point in the race viewing area (see map) where you can meet your child as they exit the race arena.
Only once both areas are empty can we allow the next set of athletes/companions in so we ask everyone to exit immediately in a swift, safe and orderly fashion please.
We respectfully ask everyone to leave the campus as soon as possible once you have finished running/spectating. Its imperative that if you don't need to be there DON'T be there.
Timetable (may be subject to change)
U13 Girls: 10:00am
U13 Boys: 10:45am
U15 Girls: 11:30am
U15 Boys: 12:15pm
U17 Girls & Boys: 1:00pm
U20 Ladies & Men: 1.45pm
Note: All runners MUST have Essex qualification and MUST wear their club colours.
Under 13: 3k approx. (see map)
Under 15: 4k approx. (see map)
Under 17 & 20: 6k approx. (2 x 3k laps, see map)
Relatively flat, grass with but with four tarmac paths to cross, is suitable for spikes and trail shoes.
Medals will be awarded to the the first three finishers in each race and also to the top three scoring teams in each race.
Teams will need four athletes in any given race to score.
Please note: Medals will not be given out on the day.
There are ample car parking spaces on the Main Campus (see top centre of map) where the races are taking place, if however the car park is full there is an overflow car park situated on the opposite side of the road in the Lordship Campus, turn right when leaving the main campus and it's the second turning on the left. (see bottom left of map)
Important note: If using the overflow car park please do not use the spaces in front of the Tiptree Tea Room Café.
Please take a look at these Government Covid-19 Guidelines
NHS advice on coronavirus/Covid-19