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Cross Country May 9th

Andy Gibson —

Please read the information below about our School Cross Country Championships Wednesday 9th May.

Venue: Jellie Park

Date: Wednesday 9 May

postponement Wednesday 16th May


Start Times

Year 8 Girls – 11:15am Year 7 Girls – 11:35am

Year 8 Boys – 11:25am Year 7 Boys – 11:45am

Prior to the day of the cross country

  • A map of the course can be found at www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/26121608/

    • Once the page has loaded click on the map options and select the option: satellite. Then click the map options again to reduce this menu. Now you can show your class the course (zoom and pan controls are on the left hand side. A hard copy of the map is included with this information.

  • Go through the starting and finishing procedures explained below.

  • Students are encouraged to wear house colours and be dressed appropriately for a running event (no wigs or pom poms etc). Face paint etc is encouraged

  • Students MUST NOT run the cross country while listening to music (ipod/ mp3 or similar).

  • As portions of the course are along footpaths, full spikes are not suitable. Flats or blanks/blunts are fine though.

The following markers are used on the course. Please ensure that all students know what they mean.

1 cone = runs within 2m on left side of the cone.

2 cones = must run between the cones

Tape = follow the tape (usually round a corner).

N.B. Please explain to your child that there is a real possibility of traffic using the entrance to Jellie Park (Ilam Road). There will be marshals in place at these points but students need to be made aware of these potential hazards and must use extreme caution when crossing these areas. The road / entrance is NOT closed to traffic so runners must give way.

On the day

  1. At interval remind students NOT to eat large amounts of food but a small snack is fine.

  2. At 10:50am sharp, roll in taken in your class.

  1. All non runners to the hall where Mr Jackson  will organise and then supervise.

  1. Quickly walk  in your class over to Jellie Park. You need to be there before 11.05am to allow for the warm up.

  2. Assemble inside the roped off area in their year / gender groups (Year 8 girls nearest the finish line through to Year 7 Boys at the skate park end).

  3. Listen to the race marshal for your race calling

Starting procedure.

When a group are asked to come out to the start line for their warm up, they need to line up along the start line. The fastest runners should be at the front through to the slower runners at the back.

Finishing procedure (see diagrams below)

Approaching the finish line, head for the finishing chute (see diagram on next page).

  1. You must walk once you have entered the narrowest section of the chute.

Every runner will be given a place card.

  1. If you receive places 1 – 16 go to Mrs Crawford first AND then your class recorder.

  2. Places 17 + go directly to the class recorder, then back to the appropriate year group area for warm down celebrations, and rest.

  3. Normal programming resumes following lunch.

Top 10 will go to Canterbury Cross Country. 

Class competition

  • Runners - 1st = 1 point, 33rd = 33 points etc.

  • Non runners with a note = 200 points.

  • Non Runners with a note due to major injury - Broken bones, concussion, high sprains. - 100 points.

  • Absent = 200 points

  • Non runners without a note = 300 points.

  • Late (missed cross country)= 300 points

  • Class with the least amount of points will win (averaged across the number of students in your class).