For many years, BMH has competed in a junior development cross country league: the Border League.
This league had grown year on year, an illustration of how successful it had become. For the final years that BMHAC were involved (our final season was 2016-17), there were increasing issues with numbers taking part, suitable venues, parking and travel.
With a thriving junior membership, BMH as well as other local clubs, were, and still are, keen to get more of our members active in this form of racing. With this in mind, BMH along with Fleet and Andover have decided to create a new, local league called the Junior Cross country League.
In 2018-19 Overton Harriers, Wessex Wyverns and Tadley Youth joined.
Reading Rascals joined in 2019-20, Team Kennet in 2020-21 and Aldershot Farnham & District. in 2021-22.
Reading and Tadley have subsequently withdrawn from the league.
The intention as before is aimed at encouraging participation in athletics and giving competition experience for athletes in the U9 (normal age for school year 3 minimum) to U15 (normal age for school year 10) age categories. Under 17s can compete, but as non-scoring athletes in the U15 race.
There will be 4 matches over the season, on Sunday afternoon starting at 1.15pm and we aim not to clash with Hampshire Cross Country League weekends. Where required the matches can be moved to start in the morning with the first race going off at 11am.
2023-24 Dates, venues & host clubs:
Match 1 – 15th October – Wellesley Woods (AFD)
Match 2 – 26th November – Down Grange (Team Kennet)
Match 3 – 25th February – Hartley Wintney (Fleet)
Match 4 – 10th March – Down Grange (BMHAC)
Timetable for 2023-24, subject to review
Under 9 Girls 1.15 pm 1400 m approx
Under 9 Boys 1.25 pm 1400 m approx
Under 11 Girls 1.35 pm 2200 m approx
Under 11 Boys 1.50 pm 2200 m approx
Under 13 Girls 2.05 pm 3000 m approx
Under 13 Boys 2.20 pm 3000 m approx
Under 15 Girls & Boys 2.35 pm 4000 m approx
U15 age group combined but scored by gender
If more than 15 per gender or 40 in total, then may be run as separate races.
Under 17s can run as guests in the U15 races.
Club Kit / Colours
Club vests should be worn by all U11, U13 and U15 competitors.
U9 are encouraged to wear club vests, although they are permitted to run in tops which are club colours instead.
Where a competitor has forgotten or does not have a vest then they can borrow from within the club/other competitors. If this is not possible it is up to the race referee on the day to decide if they are allowed to compete.
As well as individual prizes at the end of the season based on athlete’s finishing positions, there will be a team competition with the first 4 in each club contributing to a team’s score (first 3 in U15 categories).
The best 3 scores of either an individual or team over the season will count towards the final results.
Should a match be cancelled, then the best 2 of 3 races will count.
Full rules and league constitution are in the links at the bottom of the page.
Results from previous years:
League rules can be found here