Tuesday 1 October 2019

NEHL 2. Druridge Bay

Due to adverse weather conditions the car parking is under water, we have unfortunately had to cancel Druridge Bay Cross Country.

The course would have been nice and muddy for the run but the car parking areas are already waterlogged and there's no prospect of it drying out with heavy rain forecast from Saturday night until Sunday evening and a Met Office weather warning in place for Sunday.
Not only would the cars cause too much damage, they'd also be sinking into the mud with no way to recover them.
It's unlikely that the event will be rescheduled at Druridge as the park is prone to waterlogging over Winter, which is why it's always run in October, to try and avoid the worst of the weather.
There may be a replacement event organised but this takes a lot of planning so we can't be certain yet.
Clubs will be kept informed when there's more news or you can check out the Facebook page: 
or Harrier league Blog:
Race number packs for Druridge have already been sorted.
Online entries will re-open a week before the next race and we'll try to merge the 2 lots of entries into 1 race pack for each club.


New packs are online ready for Druridge next weekend, Sunday 6th October.
Check them and if you think there's an error, get in touch now.
Don't wait until the weekend as there's no time to investigate then.

We had record numbers of runners at Wrekenton with 1735 finishers but far too many people trying to register on the day.
Please try to get everyone registered online.
It saves you £2/runner and it saves a LOT of admin hassle.
Since online entries closed last Tuesday we registered about 150 runners and only 6 of those were the guests that on-the-day entries is designed for.
Race Admin is at the cafe/visitor centre about half a mile from the course so make sure you pick up your race pack on arrival before heading off to the course.
Online entries are now open again and will close on Friday at noon.

Never re-register someone as new who is already on the system.
I repeat this frequently but someone always does it.
There were at least 3 people caught just in time when runners came to race HQ to get the pack corrected at Wrekenton.
If in doubt, you can look up who is registered on the list of runners:
or you can e-mail admin@harrierleague.com and we can check it.
Running in the wrong pack means automatic disqualification.

IMPORTANT - All age groups apart from Under 11 must be affiliated to a club, we do not allow unattached runners.


Directions to the venue.



Druridge Bay Country Park is situated off the A1068 (The Coastal Route) at Red
Row,Northumberland. The Post code is NE61 5BX.

PARKING. Car parking is within the country park using various sites. A charge of £2.00 per vehicle will be collected to cover the cost of holding this event at Druridge Bay Country Park. Please follow marshal’s instructions. Be prepared for a walk of over half a mile to the course. With record numbers turning out, IT IS VITAL THAT YOU CAR SHARE. Thank you. A one-way traffic system will be in operation on the day.

Do not park your car in the visitor centre car park

REGISTRATION. Will be at the Visitor Centre. Please allow time for a short walk to the course.

TOILETS AND REFRESHMENTS. There are toilets at the visitor centre, also mobile toilets near
the course. Refreshments including BBQ food are available at the visitor centre.
Sorry there is no food on the course this year.

CLUB TENTS. There is ample space for club tents alongside the start and finish. Please situate your tent well away from the Start assembly area. There is parking space for one car per club carrying a tent near to the course. Follow marshal’s directions

COURSE. Mostly firm grassland. Some track. Some soft meadow. No hills – just inclines.

There could be mud!

Small lap is S-B-G-H-F. Large lap is S-B-C-D-E-G-H-F
On the course map.

PLEASE DO NOT WARM UP ON THE COURSE. There are plenty of tracks round the
lake for warming up.


RACE ORDER & TIMES for the coming season
1200 Under 11 Boys (1.5k)
1205 Under 11 Girls (1.5k)
1215 Under 17 Men (1.5 laps approx. 4.7k)
1220 Under 20 & Under 17 Women (1.5 laps approx 4.7k)
1235 Under 15 Boys (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.3k)
1240 Under 15 Girls (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.3k)
1250 Under 13 Boys (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.3k)
1255 Under 13 Girls (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.3k)
1305 Senior Women (2 laps approx. 4 miles - 6.5k)
1350 Senior Men (3 laps approx. 6 miles - 9.7k)

Age restrictions as follows:

Under 11 - must be age 9 on the day of competition
Under 13 - must be 11 on 31st August 2019.  U11s turning 11 during the season may move up to the U13s
Under 15 - must be 13 on 31st August 2019.
Under 17 men - must be 15 on 31st August 2019.
Under 17 & 20 women - must be 15 on 31st August 2019.
Senior Men - must be 17 on 31st August 2019.
Senior Women - must be 20 on 31st August 2019.

Masters men aged 65 may (if they wish) run in the 2 lap Senior Women's race, they register as per normal in the men's race, then come to race hq for a replacement number.  Masters wishing to do this must stay in the 2 lap race all season.

Route Map

Small lap is S-B-G-H-F.               Large lap is S-B-C-D-E-G-H-F


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