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Schools Cross Country

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After a few years away we are delighted to announce that the Pope & Smith Schools Cross Country League is back!

Races will be Hosted by Chelmsford Athletics Club with Writtle University College (WUC)  kindly allowing us to use their stunning campus so we're not just back we're back with a bang!

The League is FREE to enter and is open to all Primary schools that wish to take part.

To begin with we will be hosting a series of three events for Years 5 & 6 students which will take place over the forthcoming Autumn and Winter terms. All three races will be held at WUC with each event having a different course. There is no obligation to compete in all of the races/events and if you weren't able to attend Race 1 or 2 we would still welcome you to Races 3.
The first event will take place on Thursday 1st of December with the first race starting at 1pm. There will be separate races for Year 5 girls, Year 5 boys, Year 6 girls and Year 6 boys (four races in total) with the first three in each race being awarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively. To score, Schools will need at least four competitors in each race with the first three finishers scoring, 1st position 1 point, 2nd position 2 points and so on, and the team with the lowest points score will be the winner. In addition to this The first ten finishers in each race will be invited to attend Cross Country Development Squad on Friday evenings at Melbourne Stadium with the first taster session being FREE. These sessions are run by Chelmsford AC Endurance Coach David Fewell, and are a feeder group in to Chelmsford AC.  This year David  saw his Chelmsford AC U13 Girls team finish third at the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill (pictured)


If you have any questions, please click here to email David Fewell the Race Organiser.

All races covered by UKAthletics Licence No CC2002/0418 (view licence)

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Full list of Dates

Race 1: Thursday 1st December 12pm See Results

Race 2: Thursday 26th January 12pm See Results

Race 3: Thursday 2nd March 12pm See Results


Please Note: There is no obligation to compete in all of the races/events and if you weren't able to attend Race 1 or 2 we would still welcome you to Races 3.

Click the ENTER button below to select the dates you wish to attend.

Note: You only need to submit 1x ticket regardless of how many athletes or how many dates you wish to attend.

Race Day Schedule

Arrive time: 12:00pm

Year 5 Girls Race: 1:00pm 

Year 5 Boys Race: 1:20pm approx

Yaer 6 Girls Race: 1:40pm approx

Year 6 Boys Race: 2:00pm approx

All races are approx. 1500m (see course map)

Finishing Slips

Please print and bring with you

Race Day Venue

The venue for Race 3 on March 2nd is at the Main Campus off Lordship Road


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Lordship Road




Race Day Parking

There is parking available for school vehicles, teachers/assistants, race organisers, officials and volunteers/marshals and spectators,

Please use the car park at the Main Campus.

Course Map
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