The East Anglian Cross Country League (EACCL) is a series of 10 cross country races, hosted on Wednesday afternoons at different locations. The series is hosted by Jude Durrant and Bobbie Sauerzapf, with help from local clubs and hosts. The series is a great way to visit different locations around Norfolk and Suffolk and take on some tough (but ultimately rewarding) cross country running. Expect plenty of muddy trails, grassy routes and woodland running.
The provisional 2018/2019 locations and dates are:
Race 1: West Runton Beach, NR27 9QP - 10th October 2018
Race 2: Whitlingham Country Park - 7th November 2018
Race 3: Fritton Outdoor Centre, NR31 9HA, 21st November 2018
Race 4: Whitwell Station, NR10 4GA - 12th December 2018
Race 5: Marham Sandringham Centre, PE33 9NP, 16th January 2019
Race 6: UEA, NR4 7TJ, 23rd January 2019
Race 7: Thetford Rugby Club, IP24 1LZ, 6th February 2019
Race 8: Chilton Fields, IP14 1SZ, 20th February 2019
Race 9: Nowton Country Park, IP29 5BD - 13th March 2019
Race 10 & Presentations: Catton Park, NR6 7DB - 27th March 2019
The distances vary depending on the course, though typically men cover 10k and ladies cover 5k, with all races starting at 2.30pm.
Points are awarded based upon your finishing position, so 1st place gets 150 points, 2nd place 149 points etc. You need a minimum of 8 appearances to be in the running to pick up a prize at the end of the season. Your best 8 races are added together for your series total.
There are team and individual awards, presented at the last race.
The Norwich Road Runners has paid for an NRR Team, so these events are free to club members. All you need to do is turn up in your NRR vest, ready to run. Be sure to sign the disclaimer on your first race!
Races are not timed, but results are recorded by finishing position and added to Power of 10, with individual race results and series rankings made available before the next race in the series.