For many years, BMH has competed in a junior development cross country league: the Border League.
This league had grown year on year, an illustration of how successful it had become. For the final years that BMHAC were involved (our final season was 2016-17), there were increasing issues with numbers taking part, suitable venues, parking and travel.
With a thriving junior membership, BMH as well as other local clubs, were, and still are, keen to get more of our members active in this form of racing. With this in mind, BMH along with Fleet and Andover have decided to create a new, local league called the Junior Cross country League.
In 2018-19 we welcomed members of Overton Harriers, Wessex Wyverns and Tadley Youth to the league. Reading Rascals joined the following season and for 2020-21 we welcome Team Kennet to the league.
The intention as before is aimed at encouraging participation in athletics and giving competition experience for athletes in the U9 (normal age for school year 3 minimum) to U15 (normal age for school year 10) age categories. Under 17s can compete, but as non-scoring athletes in the U15 race.
There will be 4 matches over the season, on Sunday afternoon starting at 1.15pm and not coinciding with Hampshire Cross Country League weekends. Where required the matches can be moved to start in the morning with the first race going off at 11am.
2020-2021 COVID measures
For 2020-21 the league propose to run all meets at Down Grange with clubs taking it in turns to “host”. This is to simplify the processes required for covid safe practices.
The league have applied to Basingstoke Council with these dates and they are liaising with the SAG (Safety Advisory Group) for comments and feedback concerning the league’s “covid safe” risk assessment.
Assuming this is successful, an EA permit will be requested.
2020-21 – Covid protocols HERE
Match 1 – 15th November – Down Grange – Cancelled
Match 2 – 10th January – Down Grange
Match 3 – 7th February – Down Grange
Match 4 – 28th February – Down Grange
Timetable for 2020-21, subject to review for covid safe guidelines:
Under 9 Girls 1.15 pm 1400 m approx
Under 9 Boys 1.25 pm 1400 m approx
Under 11 Girls 1.35 pm 2200 m approx
Under 11 Boys 1.55 pm 2200 m approx
Under 13 Girls 2.15 pm 3000 m approx
Under 13 Boys 2.30 pm 3000 m approx
Under 15 Girls & Boys 2.45 pm 4000 m approx
U15 age group combined but scored by gender
If more than 15 per gender or 40 in total, then may be run as separate races.
Under 17s can run as guests in the U15 races.
Club Kit / Colours
Club vests should be worn by all U11, U13 and U15 competitors.
U9 are encouraged to wear club vests, although they are permitted to run in tops which are club colours instead.
Where a competitor has forgotten or does not have a vest then they can borrow from within the club/other competitors. If this is not possible it is up to the race referee on the day to decide if they are allowed to compete.
As well as individual prizes at the end of the season based on athlete’s finishing positions, there will be a team competition with the first 4 in each club contributing to a team’s score (first 3 in U15 categories).
The best 3 scores of either an individual or team over the season will count towards the final results.
Should a match be cancelled, then the best 2 of 3 races will count.
Full rules and league constitution are in the links at the bottom of the page.
League rules can be found here
The league constitution can be found here