Winter Cross Country Season

Cross Country 4k & 6km run at Lake Seppings.

Check out the most up-to-date 2022 Winter Cross Country Program below:

2022 Cross Country Program EDITED(WORD)

 

Our 2022 Winter Cross-Country season will run on Sunday mornings from 8th May 2022 to 28th August 2022 starting at 9am.

For Normal Round only events we offer running & walking options of 2km, 4km or 6km (approx. distances) for Adults and Juniors aged U7-U18 at various trail locations in and around the city of Albany.

For South Coast Sports Medicine Junior Series events we offer age-appropriate running & walking distances of 1km (U7 & U8), 1.5km (U9 & U10), 2km (U11 & U12), 3km (U13 & U14), 4km (U15 & U16 and U17 & 18 girls) and 6km (U17 & U18 boys). 2km, 4km and 6km (approx.) events will also be offered on Junior Series mornings for Adults & Non-Racing Juniors aged U7-U18.

 

EVENT START TIMES

NORMAL ROUND ONLY CROSS COUNTRY EVENTS:

  • 9:00am – 2km event
  • 9:30am – 4km & 6km events

 

SOUTH COAST SPORTS MEDICINE JUNIOR SERIES EVENTS:

(Sponsored by local business South Coast Sports Medicine):

  • 9:00am – 1km (U7 & U8) and 1.5km (U9 & U10)
  • 9:15am – 2km (U11 & U12), 3km (U13 & U14), 4km (U15 & U16 / U17 & U18 girls), 6km (U17 & U18 boys)
  • 9:55am – 2km / 4km / 6km (Adults & Non-racing Juniors aged U7 – U18)


 

 

SPECIAL CROSS COUNTRY EVENTS:

Please watch out for start times and details about our Special Cross Country Events on our Albany Athletics Club Facebook Page or Albany Athletics Club Member Facebook Group.

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS:

Winter Cross Country membership is open to age groups from ages 6 to 100 years.

  • Winter Cross Country Adult or Child (aged 6 years and up) Membership = $45
  • Winter Cross Country Family Membership (2 Adults and up to 3 Children = $130
  • Winter Cross Country Membership for Albany Little Athletics Club Members ONLY aged 6 years and up = $FREE
  • Life Membership = $FREE (must be eligible)
  • Visitor 1-Day Membership = $5.00 ($10 FIRST VISIT then $5 FURTHER VISITS – payable at the event)

Become a Cross Country Member or trial us with a Visitor 1-Day Membership for $10 for first visit and $5 for further visits payable at the event!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Please beware that distances may vary from course-to-course and are approximate. They may vary at the discretion of the Race Director and Cross Country Coordinator and in the interest of safety.

You must understand that cross-country events may involve uneven surfaces, wet conditions and bush scrub environment. Most venues will not have nearby access to toilets. Please check that you and your child/ren are able to compete with adequate clothing, shoes and water, and are physically and mentally capable of walking or running the required distance.

Parents/Guardians with children under the age of 16 years must be aware of where their children are at all times. This includes before, during and after the cross-country event, due to the varying conditions at each location.

Dogs are NOT permitted at cross country events.

** COVID-19 safety measures need to be adhered to including physical distancing, maintaining hand hygiene and staying home if you or your children are unwell or have cold or flu symptoms.**

INFORMATION ON SOUTH COAST SPORTS MEDICINE JUNIOR SERIES:

This year’s Winter Sunday morning Cross Country program from May to August will have a Junior Series sponsored by South Coast Sports Medicine. 6 of the approximately 16 events on the Albany Athletics Club’s Winter program will include Junior Series events and these will have the age-appropriate race distances as per the rules from Little Athletics Australia and Athletics Australia. These are the same distances that Juniors would be racing if they attended the National or State Championship Cross Country events.  They are listed here:


Almost all the events on the Cross Country 2022 program will have a standard 3 distances for the Adult runners and walkers to choose from (~2km, ~4km, ~6km) which are also available for Juniors who want to do a longer course without the potential pressure of racing or completing. Whilst Athletics Australia and the Albany Athletics Club committee appreciate that fit and talented young runners can often run further than the allowable race distances, it is not appropriate for the majority of young runners to be required to complete, or ‘race’, a minimum of 2km – 3km simply to take part in cross country. They often lack the physiology, the fitness and the running biomechanics to be able to do so as part of a sensible performance progression that puts their long-term involvement in sport and physical activity first and foremost.

We invite Albany Athletics Club members & families and Albany Little Athletics members & families parents to volunteer in advance to help conduct the events. There are half a dozen simple roles at each event that we need filled i.e. registration desk, results recorder, finish token handing out, iPad button presser (timer).

Please contact Cross Country Coordinator, John Toomey on 0407 519 232 or by email at gone4run@iinet.net.au to let us know how you can help out or to ask for a bit more explanation.

 

Running through the vegetable fields at Bathgate Farm