Information about the various leagues that ACC competes in.
Abingdon AC participates in two cross country leagues:
This is the very popular and only Cross Country (XC) league in Oxfordshire. It is a friendly league that welcomes all abilities and ages so if you one of those that has not tried it since school then maybe it is time to give it another go, except no sneaking off and missing a lap this time! It is open to all ages from 8 years old and up.
The races are on the first Sunday of the month and run from November to March.
We provide a nice new tent to change and put your stuff in, there is a big yellow Abingdon AC flag flying so you can find us.
View the Oxfordshire Cross Country League website for more information about the events.
What you will need
If you wish to take part then you must be a paid-up member of Abingdon AC, have an Abingdon AC vest and it is recommended that you have a pair of XC spikes (some members use the rubber studded trail shoes, definitely don’t turn up with road shoes).
Also as part of our commitment to the league we encourage car-sharing, there is a parking fee of about £3 so remember to bring some change. Change is also useful if you fancy a tea or hot food as there is normally a facility for this.
How to enter
Our entries are organised by Marc Juffkins. If you competed in the league last year then you will be automatically registered for this year and you just need to turn up.
For those that did not compete last year and would like to compete this year please use the contact form, to the right of this page, to send your name and date of birth to Marc (you only need to register once for the whole season). You must do this by 23rd October at the latest. Any later than that and we cannot guarantee you will be able to race the first race on the 6th November.
It will still be possible to race the later races as long as you contact Marc Juffkins two weeks prior to the start of that race. You can no longer turn up on the day to race if you have not pre-registered for the race. Please see 'important notes' at the bottom of this page for more about changes to the registration rules.
Event fixtures 2016-17
Sun 06/11/2016 - Newbury Showground
Sun 04/12/2016 - TBC
Sun 08/01/2017 - Incorporating 2017 Oxon XC Championships TBC
Sun 05/02/2017 - RAL Harwell
Sun 05/03/2017 - Hill End Centre, Farmoor
Vist the Oxfordshire Cross Country League website for race times.
Your age category for the races depend on your age on the 31st August 2016. Children have to be at least eight years old.
There are some changes to how the league conduct the XC registration process that are the result of rule changes from EA, you have been warned!
- You must ensure that you are a paid up member of Abingdon AC, this is your responsibility, if you are not a paid up member with an active EA enrolment number you will not be entitled to race and may not have a number on the day.
- Mini-Minors (over 8 and under 11 on 31-08-2016) only need to be paid up members of Abingdon AC, they will not have EA enrolment numbers
- It is no longer possible to turn up on the day and get a race number without having previously registered (except Mini-Minors). You have to register 14 days prior to the day of the race. You only need to register once for the season but that registration has to occur at least 14 days prior to the first Oxon XC race you want to race in. So if you want to race on 6th November you need to register by the 23rd October.
- Guests are only permitted if they are a member and registered to an EA affiliated club and must be registered to an EA affiliated club 14 days prior to the race. Unattached runners are not permitted.
Those wanting to compete in this league need to send your full name and date of birth to Adrian Francis using the relevant form on the right of this page by the Thursday before the relevant Saturday at the latest. More notice than that would be preferable so that he can ensure that race numbers are issued.
Once you get a race number use it for the rest of the series. Adrian will collect and distribute race numbers at the first fixture.
Event fixtures 2016-17
October 15 - Horspath, Oxford
November 12 - Milton Keynes (Teardrop Lakes)
December 3 - Luton (Stopsley Park)
January 14 - Keysoe Equestrian Centre (north of Bedford)
February 11 - Milton Keynes (Campbell Park)
Find out more on the Chiltern XC League website.