is the 3-Counties League
3 Counties league is a local league of 12 teams. The beauty of the 3
Counties league is that there is no pressure and there are plenty of fun
runners taking part.
The distance of each race is
not usually more than 5 miles and there isn?t a race clock in sight.
The post race social includes a roll, a cake and a cuppa
(much more useful than a medal).
great not knowing beforehand whether you will be changing in an
International Sports Centre (like ours) or a cow shed! The suspense
continues until you are out on the course, sometimes trampling knee deep
through mud, other times running along a pretty country track. Hills may be
a feature but nothing too strenuous. Part of the fun is finding out whether
the showers are still hot when you get back! (The other part is???....have
they got any showers?) All in all an exiting way to spend a Sunday morning,
supporting your running club at the same time.
Frequently Asked About Cross Country-
I need special clothing and foot wear?
club vest is essential as part of the rules, but what you wear with it is up
to you and dependant on the weather e.g. gloves, thermals, long sleeved tee
shirt, tracksters etc. Off road running shoes or studded trainers are
certainly beneficial but normal trainers are worn by many of the runners.
is a cross country course like?
routes will be on grass, tracks, shingle paths, and mud but definitely no
long are the races?
on the 3 Counties website for each race distance.
am not a fast runner, is it worth me coming?
YES!!! The beauty of cross country is that you are running for your club,
how fast you go is irrelevant. Placing is important right down to the last
scorer in each of the teams. You may be the 200th runner to
finish, but if the runner behind you is the last scorer of his team then he
will score 201, pushing up their points score.
does the scoring system work?
Men and women all run together but score for their gender in the Male and Female competitions. The first 8 men and the first 4 women score for their team. Three of the men MUST be vets and two of the women MUST be vets.
In the Combined Team and new for the 2016/17 season team, Male and Female runners race against each other for Team points. Every runner will be given a finishing number (points), so you will be racing against everyone else irrespective of gender.
Once the results for the Men and Women scoring teams have been determined, their points are then added together to give the Combined Team score. A much fairer system so that the ladies efforts contributes.
Once our scoring runners cross the line if the next few runners to cross the line were also Harriers, even though they wouldn’t score for the team, they would be ensuring that the next runner to score for another club would have a far higher number. So our team will have attackers (scorers) and defenders (non-scoring) and the club with the lowest score wins. The more Harriers we have running in each race gives us the ability to push up the other club’s scores!! (If this isn’t clear, then please ask a coach to explain it to you.)
can I get to races if I don?t drive or don?t want to travel on my own?
Runners will be invited to meet at the club so that we can car share.
do I enter?
sheet will go up on the notice board in due course for you to put your name
on to register for the league. Before each individual race another
sheet will go up asking for names of people going to that race.
will meet at the club at 9.10am for car sharing or at the venue at
9.30am. There will be a notice on the board nearer the time to advise of
the arranged meeting place.
Counties Cross Country league is for ALL runners; fast, slow or
intermediate. The bottom line is that they are fun events with a great
feeling of camaraderie and NO PRESSURE.