Cross Country

2022-2023 Season

Dates for the Cross Country Season 2022-2023

Thursday 13 October Suffolk Area Championships at RHS Holbrook

Saturday 26 November Second race Ipswich High School, Woolverstone

Thursday 12 January Final race Woodbridge School

Saturday 4 February Anglian Championships hosted by Northamptonshire exact venue tbc

Saturday 18 March English Schools Championships Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Suffolk School Team Managers

Minors Years 6 and 7 Georgina Malster

Juniors Years 8 and 9 Mark Goddard goddardmark@btinternet,com

Inters Years 10 and 11 Sue Hargadon

Seniors Years 12 and 13 Alistair Dick alistairdick120@gmail,com

All details for the races at RHS are contained on these 2 links

Click for the RHS letter 13 October 2022

Map of the Cross Country courses at RHS


The first three events listed above (Area, A and B races) help us decide who to select for the Anglian Counties Championships. We take up to 16 runners for the regional inter-county Cross Country event and then select 8 ( plus 4 reserves) for the English Schools national event. Minors (years 6 and 7) are not allowed to enter the national event.

The three listed events represent our trials. A top 50 place in the first race eads to selection to compete in the second race. A top 50 place in the A race leads to selection for our final event in Suffolk, the third race. After the third race, we select, based on those three events, the athletes to represent Suffolk at the regional event. Runners who feel they underperformed (or were not able to attend) at any of the first two events (and were as a consequence not invited to the next one) are welcome to apply (contact the team manager for the relevant age range) to compete in the next event and they will be automatically accepted.

After the Anglian race we take the results from all four races into account to decide on the team for the English Schools national championships. We take into account any injury or illness that we are aware of. It is essential therefore that within one week after an event the lead manager and the relevant team manager are emailed with details of any difficulties as to why a runner could not compete (this would also include exams) or if they feel there is a valid reason for any under-performance (e.g. fell on the race).

It is in an athlete’s best interest to run in all three events and then in the regional event. Competing in just one race makes it more difficult to select a runner. Runners should be aware that even if they finish in the top 8 position in each race there is no guarantee that they will be selected for the regional or national event. We discuss each athlete at length between the team manager and the lead team manager. We take into account performance in all four races alongside knowledge of any injuries/illnesses. Whilst the most recent races will be the most relevant, we will look at performances in all, including times in the first race at RHS. The decision made by the lead team manager is final.

Sue Hargadon

(lead team manager and secretary for Cross Country)


There still seems to be contradictions as to this matter. Please note the following advice

"Competitors need to be aware that the results of the A,B, Anglian and national races will be published on the Suffolk Schools Cross Country website and in the EDP including the name of the competitor, the school, the age range and the race time. If for safeguarding reasons you have concerns about this contact Sue Hargadon (our Cross Country Lead Team Manager) at the email address listed below"

Sue Hargadon :