Tuesday 4 January 2022

NEHL 2021-22 Thornley Hall Farm

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year, and are ready to burn it up at the total mud-fest which is Thornley Hall Farm.

Getting there
The farm is situated near Wheatley Hill on the A181
Postcode for the farm is: DH6 3LY

ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TURN COMING FROM DURHAM A181 you must go down to the roundabout and come back up TO THE SECOND ENTRANCE.

Important information about parking at Thornley 

PRICE is £3 per car. Please have this ready to ease traffic queues.

Tents MAY be dropped off at the first entrance if the traffic is not to busy otherwise you’ll have to carry them from where you are parked. 

Parking will firstly be on the road within the farm and then on the field.

Please do not warm up on the course (narrow bits) and don't take shortcuts damaging the tape.

Dogs are allowed on the farm, but must be kept on a lead at all times.  Dog poo must be bagged and binned.

Race HQ

Race HQ will be in the farm Bar (yay get us sitting in the cozy indoors), collect any pre-entries there, and call in with any queries. Entries will close midday on Friday 7th.

Never re-register someone as new who is already on the system.
I repeat this frequently but someone always does it.

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.

Pre entries will cost £3, Lost or replacement numbers are £5


This year there are 6 sets of numbers across the categories.

Under 11 have Yellow numbers
Under 13 have Blue numbers
Under 15 have Green numbers
Under 17/20 have Purple numbers
Senior Men have White numbers
Senior Women have Orange numbers

also in the bottom right of each number is category code:
U11, U13, U15, U17&20, M, W
On the back of each number is your chip.


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. 5k)
1220 Under 20 & Under 17 Women (1.5 laps approx 5k)
1235 Under 15 Boys (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.2k)
1240 Under 15 Girls (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.2k)
1250 Under 13 Boys (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.2k)
1255 Under 13 Girls (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.2k)
1305 Senior Women (2 laps approx. 4 miles - 6.4k)
1350 Senior Men (3 laps approx. 6 miles - 9.6k)

Age restrictions as follows:

Under 11 - must be age 9 on the day of competition
Under 13 - must be 11 on 31st August 2021.  U11s turning 11 during the season may move up to the U13s
Under 15 - must be 13 on 31st August 2021.
Under 17 men - must be 15 on 31st August 2021.
Under 17 & 20 women - must be 15 on 31st August 2021.
Senior Men - must be 17 on 31st August 2021.
Senior Women - must be 20 on 31st August 2021.

Masters men aged 65 and slower men 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.

Course map

Loos & First Aid
Portable toilets will be situated next to the barn, and first aid will be at the Start/Finish area, and on the course.

Covid-19 guidance Part of the granting of our event license is based on application of current guidance provided by gov.uk and also that provided England Athletics (https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-2021/ ) Prior to the event when final instruction / information is sent to participating clubs (e-mail, social media) the following points will be encouraged:
  • Use hand gels / cleaning materials available at the toilets
  • Wear a mask when not running / in areas where there are larger numbers of people
  • Bring own hand gel and use frequently
  • Take 2 x LFT tests in the week leading to the event
  • Completed vaccination programme where possible / applicable
The following is mandatory: Do not attend the event if you currently display any symptoms associated with COVID-19

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