Destination Basingstoke Junior Cross Country League
For many years, BMH has competed in a junior development cross country league: the Border League.
This league has grown year on year which shows how successful it has been. This has meant that in the past few years there have been issues with numbers taking part, suitable venues, parking and travel.
With a thriving junior membership, BMH as well as other local clubs, 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 Destination Basingstoke Junior Cross country League (DBJ Cross Country for short).
Joining the league for the 2018-19 season are members of Overton Harriers, Wessex Wyverns and Tadley Youth.
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.
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.
Match 1 – 28th October – Lord Wandsworth College
Match 2 – 25th November – Down Grange
Match 3 – 3rd February – Down Grange
Match 4 – 3rd March – Down Grange
Timetable for 2018-19:
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 1.50 pm 2200 m approx
Under 13 Girls 2.05 pm 3000 m approx
Under 13 Boys 2.20 pm 3000 m approx
Under 15 Girls & Boys 2.35 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.
For 2018/19 the best 2 of 3 races will count after the cancellation of match 3.
League rules can be found here
The league constitution can be found here