Race 4 2022 – Welwyn – 14/01/2023

Race 4 2022 – Welwyn – 14/01/2023

Metropolitan League 2022/23 Season

Fixture

Race 4

Date

14/01/2023

Venue

Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City

Venue

Course Location

Start

North Side of Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6DF

Race HQ

Address

Race HQ and Registration will be adjacent to the Start/Finish at the south end of the North Side of the park.

Changing Facilities

Changing

There are no dedicated changing rooms, so please arrive ready to run.

Showers

None

Toilets

Toilets are available in the amenity block by the Splashlands playground.  Extra toilets will be provided at the end of the car park, close to the amenity block.

There are also toilets located at the Sailing Centre on the south side of the park.

Refreshments

Refreshments will be available from the kiosk in the amenity block on the north side of the park or from the café by the Sailing Centre on the south side of the park.

Additional Notes

A Club/Team Assembly Area has been identified in the field adjacent to Splashlands. Please use this area rather than setting up adjacent to the course/exit road.

Travel

Where possible, please use public transport, walk or cycle. If travelling by car, please car share to reduce the impact and check for restrictions that may be in effect in the area (Ultra Low Emission Zone for example). Please also park with consideration of others, especially if using on-street parking.

The league and/or host club/s do not warrant the accuracy of the information provided so take no responsibility for any fines or charges that may be levied.

Public Transport

Details

Welwyn Garden City Station (Main Line) 1¼ mile from the Park

Direction

Walking – exit from the Station through the front entrance of the Howard Centre. Walk directly ahead along Howardsgate towards the fountain. Turn left into Parkway at the end of Howardsgate.  Walk along Parkway for approximately ½ mile to the end (roundabout at Gosling Sports Park).  Turn right and walk along Stanborough Green for approximately ½ mile until you reach the Park (on your right).

Cycle storage

Details

There are some cycle racks at the north end of the North car park adjacent to the amenity area.

Driving

Directions  

Leave the A1(M) at Junction 4, (after the Hatfield Tunnel).  At the roundabout take the second exit to A414/A6129.  At the next roundabout take the first exit A6129.  At the bottom of the dual carriageway take the second exit out of the roundabout.  The entrance to the car park on the north side is on your left after around 100m. The entrance to the car park on the south side is more or less opposite but you cannot gain access from the left side of the carriageway.

As early arrivers will undoubtedly fill the car park on the north side, you may be advised to go straight to the one on the south side.

Parking

Details

There is a fairly large car park on the north side of the Park, adjacent to the course.

There is a very large car park on the south side of the Park, 5 minutes walk to the course.

These car parks are camera operated and you must pay or you may incur a fine. You can pay at a meter by card.  However, payment does not have to be immediate

We have not been able to negotiate a reduced rate.

Direction

There is a footpath under the road bridge, providing traffic-free access between the South Side and the North Side of the Park.

Additional Notes

Access to both of these car parks is only permitted from the adjacent side of the carriageway.  If you cannot find a space on the north side, to get to the south side you must drive to the roundabout at the top of the hill and return on the other side of the carriageway.  

YOU MUST OBEY THE TRAFFIC SIGNS

Course details

Description

The start and finish are in grassed parkland.  The remainder is an undulating parkland course with two short woodland sections, all being suitable for spikes.

The Senior course, which includes a short steep hill, has a narrow section about ½ mile from the start, which will probably slow runners on the opening lap of the Men’s race.

U11 course

1 small lap of 1,700m.

Undulating parkland with two short woodland sections.

U13 course

2 laps - one smaller loop followed by one longer loop - 3,000m overall.

Undulating parkland with two short woodland sections per lap.

U15/U17 course

2 large laps, each with a short internal loop - 4,200m overall.

Undulating parkland with two short woodland sections per lap.

Senior course

3 large laps, each with a long internal loop - 7,800m overall.

Generally undulating parkland, with two short woodland sections on each longer loop and a short steep climb and then descent on each of the shorter loops.

Additional Notes

We will be using the Start/Finish and Course that we used in 2021.  Course maps are included with this notice and these will also be posted on notice boards on the day.

The course is likely to be very slippery, so you are strongly advised to wear suitable footwear.

The course passes in both directions adjacent to the Start/Finish area.  This will therefore be congested and we ask all spectators to keep clear of this corner.  

Competitors and parents of competitors are reminded not to encroach on the course and to be mindful of runners on the course.

Timetable

The timetable is approximate and subject to change without notice where necessary. Please plan to arrive early and listen for any announcements.

Please note

For the 2022 season, the timings have changed, and all races now start earlier. In addition, it should no longer be necessary for a start to be delayed to allow for finishers in the previous race.

Start Time

Race

Distance (approximate)

12:02

Under 11 Boys

1,700m

12:05

Under 11 Girls

1,700m

12:15

Under 13 Boys

3,000m

12:30

Under 13 Girls

3,000m

12:45

Under 17 Men/Under 15 Boys

4,200m

13:00

Under 17 Women/Under 15 Girls

4.200m

13:15

Senior Women/Veteran Women

7.800m

14:00

Senior Men/Veteran Men

7,800m

Additional Notes

Please note that the U11 Boys race will start 2 minutes later than at the previous meetings to avoid any clash with the start of U11 Girls race.

All clubs should arrive before the start of the meeting (12:00) in order for numbers to be distributed to each club.

To be eligible to score, competitors must compete in the correct race for their age group.  

Competitors in the Under 13 race must be 11 or over on the day of competition.

Safety: Runners are not allowed to wear iPods/Walkman or similar when competing.

COVID Guidelines

Although official restrictions have been lifted, there are still many people still suffering from the virus.

Please DO NOT TRAVEL to this event if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the NHS or if you have had a positive test.

COMPETITORS try to remain social distanced at all times whilst at the event, in particular when in the toilets or when queuing at the kiosk or café.  Also try to keep your distance, as far as possible, at the start and finish.

SPECTAORS are encouraged to keep their distance from the competitors, especially when calling out encouragement.

All try to AVOID PHYSICAL CONTACT with runners, race officials, volunteers and spectators including high fives and hugs etc.

When using the toilets remember to WASH YOUR HANDS thoroughly.

You are also reminded to catch COUGHS AND SNEEZES and to avoid touching face, eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands.

It is not practical to provide sanitising stations around the park, so DO NOT UNECESSARILY TOUCH OUTDOOR SURFACES, and perhaps bring some sanitiser to use after touching anything.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms soon after the race, then please follow NHS guidance regarding testing and self-isolation, also please inform the Race Organiser.

UKA Anti-Doping Rules

All entrants shall be deemed to have made him/herself familiar with, and agreed to be bound by the UKA Anti-Doping Rules and to submit to the authority of UK Anti-Doping in the application and enforcement of the Anti-Doping Rules.

 

The UKA Anti-Doping Rules apply to entrants participating in the sport of Athletics, for 12 months from the date of entry into the Metropolitan Cross Country League 2022/23, whether or not the entrant is a citizen of, or resident in, the UK.

Contact Details

Host club

Herts Phoenix Athletic Club

Contact Name

Richard Bloom

Contact details

Mobile: 07941 927709

Email: rj.bloom@btimternet.com 

Welfare Officer

Stuart Meakins

Contact details

Mobile: 07818 010468

Race 3 2022 – Uxbridge – 3/12/2022

Race 3 2022 – Uxbridge – 3/12/2022

Metropolitan League 2022 Season

Fixture

3

Date

03/12/22

Venue

Hillingdon House Farm, Uxbridge, Middlesex

Venue

Course Location

Start

Hillingdon House Farm, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1ES

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Race HQ

Address

Hillingdon Stadium, Gatting Way, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1ES

Changing Facilities

Changing

Male and Female Changing Rooms and Toilets within athletics stadium from 11 am to 3 pm. Please don't try to use the facilities within the main sports centre.

Showers

No

Toilets

Yes, in the stadium

Refreshments

Yes, near the start line

Travel

Where possible, please use public transport, walk or cycle. If travelling by car, please car share to reduce the impact and check for restrictions that may be in effect in the area (Ultra Low Emission Zone for example). Please also park with consideration of others, especially if using on-street parking.

The league and/or host club(s) do not warrant the accuracy of the information provided so take no responsibility for any fines or charges that may be levied.

Public Transport

Details

Recommended Hillingdon station on the Met and Piccadilly Lines 10-15 mins walk from the course. U1 and U2 buses stop within 3 mins walk from the Sports Centre.

Direction

As above

Cycle storage

Details

Outside the stadium and sports centre

Direction

Next to

Parking

Details

There are ONLY 50 pay and display parking spaces allocated for this fixture outside the stadium. Parking in the main sports centre car park is not permitted. Disruption caused to sports centre members trying to find a parking space in the main car park may result in this venue not being available in the future. If you must drive, please see the parking map provided for free street parking locations. There are also 2 large car parks in Uxbridge town centre, just 15 mins walk away.

Direction

As above

Additional Notes

Course details

Description

A PROPER XC COURSE. Parkland setting, undulating course, with one steep climb per lap, on grass and woodland paths. Very muddy areas likely. Option of small river crossing for adults only if conditions on the day allow. There will be a longer route around the river for those that are unable/unwilling to cross the river.

U11 course

1 small undulating lap which includes the ski slope and wooded trail

U13 course

1 medium undulating lap which includes the ski slope and wooded trail

U15/U17 course

1 large undulating lap which includes the ski slope and wooded trail

Senior course

2 large undulating laps which include the ski slope and wooded trail plus option of the river crossing.

Additional Notes

Liable to be very muddy in places. If crossing the river please use caution and respect other competitors.

Timetable

The timetable is approximate and subject to change without notice where necessary. Please plan to arrive early and listen for any announcements.

Please note

For the 2022 season, the timings have changed, and all races now start earlier. In addition, it should no longer be necessary for a start to be delayed to allow for finishers in the previous race.

Start Time

Race

Distance (approximate)

12:00

Under 11 Boys

[2km]

12:05

Under 11 Girls

[2km]

12:15

Under 13 Boys

[3km]

12:30

Under 13 Girls

[3km]

12:45

Under 17 Men/Under 15 Boys

[4km]

13:00

Under 17 Women/Under 15 Girls

[4km]

13:15

Senior Women/Veteran Women

[8km]

14:00

Senior Men/Veteran Men

[8km]

Additional Notes

Contact Details

Host club

Hillingdon AC

Contact Name

Martin Bateman

Contact details

07758765870 martin.bateman@btinternet.com

Welfare Officer

This is also available as the registration tent.

Race 2 2022 – Wormwood Scrubs – 12/11/2022

Metropolitan League 2022 Season

Fixture

2

Date

12/11/2022

Venue

Wormwood Scrubs Park, London W12 OAE

Venue

Course Location

Start

Wormwood Scrubs Park, adjacent to Linford Christie Stadium W12 0DF

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Race HQ

Address

Thames Valley Harriers Clubhouse, Linford Christie Stadium, off Artillery Way, London  W12 0DF

Changing Facilities

Changing

Limited changing in Stadium. No lockers are available.

Showers

None.

Toilets

Toilets located in stadium changing rooms and TVH clubhouse.

Refreshments

Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available from Race HQ.

Travel

Where possible, competitors are strongly advised to use public transport, walk or cycle. Parking charges of £2.20 per hour now apply in the Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust car park next to the course. There is limited parking available in the Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust car park next to the course (payment by card or parking app) and limited parking in surrounding residential streets near Wormwood Scrubs park, if using these please park with consideration for others. Please note that the venue is in the Ultra Low Emission Zone.  

The league and/or host club do not warrant the accuracy of the information provided so take no responsibility for any fines or charges that may be levied.

Public Transport

Details

East Acton on the Central Line is the closest station, a few minutes' walk from the stadium, turn right out of the station and follow the road up to Wormwood Scrubs. Buses stop on DuCane Rd, please see details for buses stopping at Hammersmith Hospital on the Transport for London website, Artillery Lane between the hospitals and prison takes you to Wormwood Scrubs.

Parking

Details

Parking at the venue is far more limited than in previous years when we had the additional use of hospitals staff car park for events at weekends. This is no longer possible with the introduction of weekend parking charges of £2.20 per hour in the Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust car park next to the course. Parking is free at weekends in surrounding residential streets near Wormwood Scrubs park but very limited and primarily for the use of local residents.

Course details

Description

U11 course

1 lap approx 1.75km around football pitches and the perimeter of the park to the finish.

U13 course

1 lap approx 3km to the far corner of the park by Braybrook St, alongside Old Oak HS2 development, around football pitches and the perimeter of the park to the finish.

U15/U17 course

1 lap approx 3.8km around the perimeter of the park, cutting in around copse running back around football pitches and perimeter of the park to the finish.

Senior course

2 laps of the U15/U17 course approx 7.6km

Additional Notes

Club tents will be positioned along the start of the course on the side nearest Linford Christie Stadium.

Timetable

The timetable is approximate and subject to change without notice where necessary. Please plan to arrive early and listen for any announcements.

Please note

For the 2022 season, the timings have changed, and all races now start earlier. In addition, it should no longer be necessary for a start to be delayed to allow for finishers in the previous race.

Start Time

Race

Distance (approximate)

12:00

Under 11 Boys

1.75km

12:05

Under 11 Girls

1.75km

12:15

Under 13 Boys

3km

12:30

Under 13 Girls

3km

12:45

Under 17 Men/Under 15 Boys

3.8km

13:00

Under 17 Women/Under 15 Girls

3.8km

13:15

Senior Women/Veteran Women

7.6km

14:00

Senior Men/Veteran Men

7.6km

Contact Details

Host club

Thames Valley Harriers

Contact Name

John Husbands

Contact details

07951 927724

Welfare Officer

Samantha Brewer

This is also available at the registration tent.

Race 1 2022 – Claybury – 15/10/2022

Race 1 2022 – Claybury – 15/10/2022

Metropolitan League 2022 Season

Fixture

1

Date

15/10/2022

Venue

Claybury Park, Roding Lane North, Woodford Green, IG8 8NN

Venue

Course Location

Start

Claybury Park, Roding Lane North,  Woodford Green, IG8 8NN

Race HQ

Address

Start /Finish area in Claybury Park

Changing Facilities

Changing

Ashton Playing Fields, Chigwell Road, IG8 8AA, 10 minutes walk from course.

Showers

Limited shower facilities.

Toilets

No toilets at course. Use Ashton Playing Fields.

Refreshments

Light refreshments throughout the afternoon at the WGEL clubhouse at Ashton Playing Fields. The club bar may be open after the senior men’s race.

Additional Notes

Travel

Where possible, please use public transport, walk or cycle. If travelling by car, please car share to reduce the impact and check for restrictions that may be in effect in the area (Ultra Low Emission Zone for example). Please also park with consideration of others, especially if using on-street parking.

The league and/or host club(s) do not warrant the accuracy of the information provided so take no responsibility for any fines or charges that may be levied.

Public Transport

Details

Woodford Underground Station (Central Line). Take trains with Loughton or Epping destination.

Direction

10 minute walk from station along Snakes Lane East to Ashton Playing Fields.  

Parking

Details

Approximately 150 spaces at Ashton Playing Fields (IG8 8AA). Parking in the vicinity of Claybury Park is impossible or extremely limited. Please look out for any restrictions and do not block access to any properties. There is virtually no parking in the Roding Lane North area because of residential parking. You are advised to park at Ashton Playing Fields and make the 10 minute walk to the course. You MUST NOT park on the grass triangle in Roding Lane North so as to avoid confrontation with residents. Any inconsiderate parking could jeopardise the future of the races.

Direction

To walk to the course from Ashton Playing Fields, take Gaynes Hill Road (opposite) to Roding Lane North (10 Minutes).  

Additional Notes

For car drivers, use the A406 eastbound /M11 northbound junction and branch left onto A1400 signposted Gants Hill and then A113 at roundabout signposted Chigwell onto Chigwell Road. Ashton Playing Fields IG8 8AA is 800 metres away.

Course details

Description

Parkland setting , undulating course, with one steep climb on each large lap on grass and woodland paths. On certain sections the course width is limited.

U11 course

1 small lap, 1500 metres

U13 course

2 small laps 3000 metres

U15/U17 course

1 small and 1 large lap 4000 metres

Senior course

3 large laps 8000 metres

Additional Notes

Care is required particularly in the senior men’s race on the narrow downhill start.

Timetable

The timetable is approximate and subject to change without notice where necessary. Please plan to arrive early and listen for any announcements.

Please note

For the 2022 season, the timings have changed, and all races now start earlier. In addition, it should no longer be necessary for a start to be delayed to allow for finishers in the previous race.

Start Time

Race

Distance (approximate)

12:00

Under 11 Boys

1.5 km

12:05

Under 11 Girls

1.5km

12:15

Under 13 Boys

3km

12:30

Under 13 Girls

3km

12:45

Under 17 Men/Under 15 Boys

4km

13:00

Under 17 Women/Under 15 Girls

4km

13:15

Senior Women/Veteran Women

8km

14:00

Senior Men/Veteran Men

8km

Contact Details

Host club

Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies (WGEL)

Contact Name

Graham Pribul

Contact details

01992813096 or 07932011262   (grahampribul@btinternet.com)

Welfare Officer

TBC

This is also available as the registration tent.