XC Update

The cross country season is almost upon us and the dates are in the Buckley race calendar.  At the North Wales XC League AGM in March 2015, there was a proposal put forward from Prestatyn Running Club to see two clubs being relegated from Division 1 instead of one club as at present.

For men, the change would mean that in addition to the club at the bottom of Division 1 automatically being relegated into Division 2, the second from bottom club would also go down, if its points total was less than that of the runners-up in Division 2.  If the points score of the second bottom team in Division 1 was more than the runner up team in Division 2 then they would remain in Division 1.

 As four ladies score in Division 1 and only three score in Division 2, it is proposed that the top two clubs in Division 2 are promoted to Division 1 and the bottom two clubs in Division 1 are relegated to Division 2.


The changes could come into effect for the 2015/2016 season or the 2016/2017 season.

The clubs are being asked the following questions by David Alun Williams, North Wales XC League Secretary:

  1. Do we agree with the proposal?  Yes or No?
  2. If yes, should it be for
    1. Male?
    2. Female?
    3. Or both?
  3. If Female, should it be worked at season’s end on
    1. 3 to score?
    2. 4 to score?
  1. Will the new system begin for the 2015/2016 season?  Yes or No?
  2. Should the new system begin in the 2016/2017 season after further discussion at the 2016 AGM? Yes or No?


If you have a view, just let Hazel or Rob know your responses on the questionnaire by 17th September so that these can be passed back to David Alun Williams by his deadline of 20th September.


For Buckley Runners, the proposed changes would not have any impact as both men’s and ladies teams are currently in Division 1 and not near the relegation zone.  In the future, the risk would be that if the men finished second to bottom and the winner of Division 2 scored more points, the men could be relegated.  If the ladies finished in the bottom 2, then they would be relegated and would need to finish in the top 2 of Division 2 the following year in order to go back up.  We have usually managed to get 4 ladies out for a team but it is close sometimes.


This is why it is important that we get as many runners as possible out at each of the cross country races as even though you may not score for the team, every single place helps with the differential between other teams which all counts at the end of the season.  Plus cross country has the added benefits of being great fun, free and a really good training session.


And finally, just in case you have not got the Cross Country dates in your diary, here you are again (all Saturdays):

03 October 2015         Bangor, Treborth Track, LL57 2RQ

17 October                  Llandudno, St David’s College, LL30 1RD

28 November              Mold, Mold Alun School, CH7 1EP

16 January 2016         Baschurch, Shrewsbury (details to follow) new venue

06 February                Oswestry, Marches School, SY11 2AP


Ladies start at 2pm. Men start at 2.45pm.  (Junior league races start at 10.30am at Bangor, Llandudno, Mold and Wrexham – see northwalesxc.com).

The men usually run about 5-6miles and the ladies 3-4 miles. There is no entry cost but you will need your club vest and your finishing position will be recorded at the end of the race.  Lift sharing will be arranged nearer the time where needed …. So see you all there!


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