Press Report: Racing returns this Saturday

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club members are preparing to take part in this Saturday’s Cheshire Cross-country Championships.

The purple-and-gold vested outfit will be represented by more than 50 members at the Covid-19 secure course at Betley Court Farm, near Crewe.

The race timetable is: 10:45am: Under 11s (2km); 11:15am: Under 13s (2.5km); 11:45am: Under 15s (3.2km); 12:20pm: Under 17s (5km); 1:20pm: U20s/Seniors/Veteran Women (6.4km); 2:20pm: U20s/Seniors/Veteran Men (6.4km).

Chip timing will be used and the races will be time trials. There will be no manual timekeeping or number recording. Race information will be announced over a PA system and competitors will be called prior to each race.
The start area will be marked out so that athletes can line up in rows of five, each row two metres apart to maintain social distancing.

Races will be started in waves of 25 runners. After each wave has started, the subsequent waves will walk forward five rows and start approximately 15-30 seconds after the previous wave.

In the senior races the athletes will be seeded with the fastest runners starting first. Athletes’ bibs will be colour-coded to indicate which wave they are in.

Junior races are won’t be seeded but faster runners will be encouraged to line up at the front to minimise overtaking. In each age group, boys will start first.

Posted by Dave Alexander
13th April 2021

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