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Bicester AC Cross Country Training
Please Note: There will not be any training if we have a race that day. Please check fixtures.
Cross country training takes place September-March on a Sunday morning. Training for 2020/2021 season commences on TBC at 9.50am and finishes at 11:30am. We train at Graven Hill, Bicester.
Athletes must be collected by an adult from the field at the end of every session.
Please come dressed appropriately for the weather as we train in all conditions and bring a drink of water. Parents are welcome to stay as we especially need helpers during these sessions. You may even want to train with the children!
Training fees are £1.00 per session.
Training sessions are suitable for children aged 8 and over.
VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE CONTACT EMMA GOULD BEFORE ATTENDING THESE SESSIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME. here
You can come cross country training with no obligation to race.
Bicester AC Cross Country Races
Both leagues are open to ALL fully signed up club members, there is no selection procedure to be part of the team, everyone is welcome. Cross country running is a great team event as well as being a way of challenging yourself as an individual. Over the years we have seen so many athletes grow not just in ability but in self-confidence and belief, cross country also provides valuable competition and fitness work during the winter season. You don’t have to be an endurance specialist to benefit from cross country.
If you choose to compete in the cross country races you will be well looked after. Emma and Richard Gould, contact, are the cross country team managers. They both have competed in the cross country leagues in the adult races and have two children who have raced in the leagues since they were 8 years old. They understand that each athlete is an individual and develop in different ways. Their own son, Tom, as an under 9 was always towards the back of the cross country races. With nurturing and hard work Tom has gone on to represent Oxfordshire County and Oxfordshire schools county in cross country races. Their daughter, Amy, has also represented the county and schools in various cross country races.
At each race you can find us by looking for the Bicester flag and the tent, the tent comes in very handy as it is extremely rare for a cross country competition to be cancelled due to the weather! Please come dressed appropriately for the conditions, this includes a change of clothes and footwear as it can be muddy. Plenty of plastic bags and a towel are highly recommended. Parents also need to be aware that standing watching at these races can get quite chilly, wet and muddy so please dress appropriately too. Club vests MUST be warn, you can loan a vest or purchase one from the club. Suitable footwear must be worn. Please bring drinks and food.
Be prepared to pay for parking at the venues. There will also be a £1 match fee per athlete per competition, this helps cover the fees the club pays for registering with the leagues.
All athletes must wear a race number. This will be allocated to you on race day. It is very important you don’t lose these numbers as they will be yours for the entire season.
Athletes can begin racing at the start of the season or join in at any time during the season, if racing isn’t for them then they can continue to just train on a Sunday morning. On Sundays when we go to races there will be NO normal training.
Please ensure athletes are at the venue 45 minutes before their race starts, this allows time to register, get ready, look at the courses and warm up. This preparation really helps the athletes, there is nothing worse than feeling rushed and worried, if they are there in plenty of time we can make sure they are settled and ok.
Once athletes have competed they are free to go home or if you wish please stay and cheer the other athletes on in the later races. This can really help with team spirit.
All location details will be put on TEAMER which is how the club notify members of competitions.
We’d be really grateful if athletes could give us an indication via TEAMER as to whether they will be coming to races or not. This will help us with our entry procedure.
THIS SEASON I NEED TO KNOW AT LEAST A WEEK IN ADVANCE OF A RACE OF ANY NEW RUNNERS WHO WISH TO COMPETE.