Wednesday 3 January 2024

Sherman Cup & Davison Shield 2024


Hi all, and Happy New Year from all at SFNEHL. Apologies for longish post; here is the update for Saturday. Many thanks to Ashleigh Little, Darren Watson and all at South Shields Harriers & AC for arranging / hosting the event.
Please find below course map. It's the 'usual' course, different to the NECAA XC Champs used December 2023. 

Please ensure that you wear your Harrier League number. A separate competition to the usual League fixtures; also find attached League rules where an outline for the competition (age groups etc) is included. Races are off scratch ie no packs / handicaps for the cup/shield races. Latest report is that the course is fairly soft to 'heavy going' underfoot.

A few more marshals would be welcome. Just add names in comments if you are able to help.
Car Parking:
Marshalled car parks at Epinay School, Nevinson Ave, South Shields NE34 8BT. The school has very kindly offered the parking area and a cash fee of £2 will be required and gates open from 8:30am. We ask all runners to park in the bays and not in unmarked areas as certain areas of the school require 24hr access.
Car parking is also available at Temple Park Centre, but this will not be marshalled and the normal South Tyneside parking rules apply, charges/parking in a considerate manner etc.

Temple Park (car park)

Temple Park (course)


12.00 Under 11 Boys
12.05 Under 11 Girls
12.20 Under 17 men
12.25 U17 and U20 women
12.40 Under 15 Boys
12.45 Under 15 Girls
12:55 Under 13 boys
13:00 Under 13 girls
13.20 Senior & veteran women
13:50 Senior & veteran Men

Guests may run in the league at a cost of £5 for the whole season. This is a one off charge. They must register on the day, and let us know if they competed last season (and if they did we can check the pack).

Guests must be members of a EA or SA, or similar affiliated club.

Second Claim runners may not count for team points. They can either run for their first claim club as a guest, or if they come and register on the day they can take part as a non-counting runner in their second claim vest.

Guests & Second claim runners do not accumulate team points, but do get individual grand prix points.

Race HQ will be at the NEHL Tent next to the finish area.

Reminder to ALL competitors. We do not split race packs. Your team manager needs to collect and pay for your team entries. I have a list of who owes what, we wi
ll not take individual numbers out of the packs, we are far too busy. Find out who your team manager is and make sure they have a cheque or cash with them to cover the club's entry fees.

Costs are £50 + £3 per runner for clubs

£5 for guests

If by some unknown reason you manage to lose your number on the day you've collected it from your team tent, you can buy a new one for £5. I know it sounds daft, but it has happened before.

RACE HQ OPENING TIMES: 1100 to 1300 

On the day entries 
I'll be taking limited entries on the day from clubs - DO NOT expect to rock up with 20 juniors and have them all sorted.  Race HQ will be extremely busy.  
Remember I need Name, Club, Date of Birth, and Sex (if it's not obvious).
If you have this pre-written on a bit of paper that would be great.

No DoB - No entry

Guests - register on the day as per normal

Quick reminder of the rules.

You must start in the pack you have been allocated. (You will be DQd for running from the wrong pack)

You must wear your club's team vest or t-shirt, and all vests must be of the same design (or you will be DQd & won't count for team points)

As per league rules you CANNOT wear headphones

Age restrictions as follows:

Under 11 - must be aged at least 9 on the day of competition
Under 13 - must be 11 on 31st August 2023.  
Under 15 - must be 13 on 31st August 2023.
Under 17 men - must be 15 on 31st August 2023.
Under 17 & 20 women - must be 15 on 31st August 2023.
Senior Men - must be 17 on 31st August 2023.
Senior Women - must be 20 on 31st August 2023.

Athletes may NOT move up or down age categories

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.

M65+ Team Competition.
It was proposed and agreed to at the AGM that the M65 runners choosing to compete in the 2 lap shorter race with the ladies could have their own team competition.
The format will include 3 runners from the same club forming a team, and the runners must be M65+
It's a little something to keep our running legends motivated and competitive.
So - You guys normally in the 2 lap race don't need to do anything different to normal (just keep on running), and any Masters 65+ fellas who feel like they'd prefer to give this a go instead of slogging it round 3 laps need to come and swap out their numbers at race HQ.

Results will be available on the usual link

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