Autumn and Winter 2017 - 2018 Fixtures  

 

Date 

Organiser 

Race/Event 

Venue 

Entry

 

Entry Closing Date 

Saturday 

4 Nov 

2017 

Loughton Athletic Club 

Annual Vets Inter-Club Cross Country race 

 

Register at the clubhouse at the end of South View Rd, Loughton,  

IG10 3LG. 

Start time: 11am 

Five mile course. Men and women. VAC members are invited to take part and form a team. 

Enter on the day. 

Saturday 

11 Nov 2017 

Men’s Surrey League  

Division 4 

Cross Country Race Match 2 

(VAC Men’s team) 

 

Epsom Downs 

(Start near Tattenham Corner) 

Approx. 5 miles (two laps) 

Start time: 3pm 

All VAC men (1st and 2nd claim) are eligible. VAC vest necessary. Details in text below. Enquiries: Entries Secretary or Team Manager Paddy Clark  

Enter on the day. Advance notice to Paddy Clark  

Saturday 

18 Nov 2017 

BMAF and Country Associations of England, Scotland, Wales, N.Ireland and Republic of Ireland  

British & Irish Masters International Cross Country Champs. 

Gransha Park, 

Londonderry 

Northern Ireland 

Selections have been made. See VAC News for information about event and travel. 

Closed. 

Saturday 

25 Nov 2017  

BMAF/ 

England Athletics Masters Association 

England Masters Cross Country Inter Area Challenge  

6km cross country race.   

Kings Park Athletics Centre, Kings Park Drive, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH7 6JD  

Open to all BMAF members. Race starts 13:30. Course map . Distance 4.5 miles. VAC men’s and women’s teams. Team selection automatic. Points for first 10 Male and 10 Female club members, based on age-adjusted times. Individual entry via Member Login at BMAF OpenTrack . Fee: £10 

Closing date: 19 Nov 

Saturday 

25 Nov 

2017  

South of the Thames Cross Country Association 

(VAC is affiliated to the SOTCCA) 

5 mile Cross Country Team Race 

(VAC team – First Claim members only) 

Beckenham Place Park 

Race HQ:  

White House Mansion, Beckenham Hill Gate, Beckenham Hill Road, BR3 1UH 

Start time 2pm 

1st Claim VAC only 

Names to  

Entries Secretary
by 14 Nov for VAC team entry  

Closing date for VAC team 

14 Nov 

Saturday 

2 Dec 2017 

Men’s Surrey League  

Division 4 

Cross Country Race Match 3 

(VAC Men’s team) 

 

Roundshaw Playing Fields, South Beddington 

CR0 4RW (approx. post code).  

Start time: 2.30pm or 3pm (TBC).  

All VAC men (1st and 2nd claim) are eligible. VAC vest necessary. Details in text below. Enquiries: Entries Secretary or Team Manager Paddy Clark  

Enter on the day. Advance notice to Paddy Clark  

Saturday  

9 Dec 2017 

Hercules Wimbledon and East Surrey League 

(VAC is a member of the East Surrey League)  

 

HW Inter-Club 5 mile Cross Country Race.  

 

Also Match 2 of East Surrey League (Open to all VAC members) 

Wimbledon Common 

 

Start time: 11am  

Race HQ: Lauriston Cottage, Lauriston Rd. Enter on the day. Free to enter. Enquiries to Entries Secretary  

Enter on the day 

Saturday 16 Dec 2017 

South of the Thames Cross Country Association 

(VAC is affiliated to the SOTCCA) 

SOTCCA Championships 

Three laps, grassland and woodland, 7.5 miles. 

(VAC team – First Claim members only) 

Aldershot. Near the Wellington Monument, just off the A325. Post Code GU11 1QA. 

Start time: 2pm 

1st Claim VAC only 

Names to 

Entries Secretary
by 6 Dec for VAC team entry. 

Closing date for VAC team 

6 Dec 

Saturday 20 Jan 2018 

VAC 

VAC Cross Country Championships and Masters Open race (approx. 7km) 

Men and women run together. 

5 year age bands. 

Medals for first three VAC/BMAF finishers in each age category 

 

Wimbledon Common (Camp View end) SW19 4UL. Location and course map  

After race: refreshments and awards at Belgrave Hall Denmark Road, SW19 4PG 

Start time: 2pm 

Cost £4 for VAC/BMAF area club members. Masters guests welcome: cost £5. UKA Permit: entrants must be registered with England Athletics. Enter via Member Login at BMAF OpenTrack (not yet open) 

Online entry preferred but entry on day accepted 

Saturday 

10 Feb 2018 

Men’s Surrey League  

Division 4 

Cross Country Race Match 4 

(VAC Men’s team) 

 

Lloyd Park, Croydon 

 

Note 2pm start time All VAC men (1st and 2nd claim) are eligible. VAC vest necessary. Details in text below. Enquiries: Entries Secretary or Team Manager Paddy Clark  

Enter on the day. Advance notice to Paddy Clark  

 

For other regional/national/international masters events refer to the BMAF website here 

For enquiries and further information please contact the Entries Secretary or the relevant race secretary. 

Surrey League Men’s Cross Country 2017-18 

VAC men, first and second claimers, please consider running in the VAC team.  

VAC’s team is in Division Four of the Surrey County Athletics Cross Country League. There are four matches in the series: 

14 October 2017 (2pm): Wimbledon Common, Caesar’s Well, near Camp View  

11 November 2017 (3pm): Epsom Downs, Tattenham Corner end  

2 December 2017 (2.30pm or 3pm TBC): Roundshaw Playing Fields, South Beddington 

10 February 2018 (2pm): Lloyd Park, Croydon 

First-claim VAC members are eligible to run for VAC. Also second claim members are allowed to run for VAC as long as they do not compete for their first claim club in any of the four league matches. This rule recognises that some athletes would prefer to provide much needed support and score in the first team for their Masters club in the less pressurised, but still highly competitive, races in Divisions Three and Four (run as one combined race of approximately 5 miles).  Ten men are needed for a full scoring team, but there is no limit on the numbers in each team. The more runners we have, the greater the impact and team spirit. Every VAC runner is appreciated. Paddy Clark is the team manager. On the day, look out for him next to the big wooden VAC sign. The team declaration is made online beforehand, so please let him or the Entries Secretary know in advance of each race if you are planning to run for VAC. Please wear a VAC vest, obtainable from the VAC kit supplier. Details are on the Club Kit tab on the VAC website. 

VAC “mob match” parkruns 

We combine VAC get-togethers with selected parkruns, three or four times a year. Many VAC members are regular parkrunners, who enjoy an early start on Saturday mornings and the conviviality and informality of the weekly runs in all sorts of locations, whilst benefiting from free entry and a measured 5k course. All ages and abilities are represented at these timed runs. The VAC targeted parkruns are an opportunity for VAC’s first and second claim runners to meet up, run and chat afterwards. We hope to see a good show of VAC vests so we can cheer each other on and raise the profile of the club. If members have recommendations or favourites in and around the London area, with good links to public transport, please make suggestions to Maggie Statham, the Entries Secretary. 

If you are new to parkruns, you must register in advance on the parkrun website and obtain your individual barcode, which must be shown at the end of the run in order to register your name and time. Entry is free. You do not need to pin on a run-number. Just turn up, line up at 9am, run, take a numbered disc when you finish and then take the disc and your barcode to the recorders at their table. Your time, position, age category and age grading will appear on the parkrun website later in the day. If you are already registered with parkrun, there is no need to change your club affiliation to VAC for the purposes of these “mob matches”. We can usually pick out the VAC members.