Gwent Cross Country League - Rules of Competition

Updated July 2016

1. Age Groups

Novice(Under 11)    Must be at least 9 years old on the day of competition 
                    and be under 11 years old on 1st September prior to the
                    fixture.
Under 13            Must be at least 11 years old on the day of competition
                    and be under 13 years old on 1st September prior to the
                    fixture.
Under 15            Must be at least 13 years old on the day of competition
                    and be under 15 years old on 1st September prior to the 
                    fixture.
Under 17            Must be at least 15 years old on the day of competition
                    and be under 17 years old on 1st September prior to the 
                    fixture.
Under 20            Must be at least 17 years old on the day of competition
                    and be under 20 years old on 1st September prior to the
                    fixture.
Senior              Must be at least 17 years old on the day of competition.
Under 23            Must be under 23 years old on 1st September prior to the
                    fixture.
Masters 
Over 35, Over 45,   Must be at least the age indicated on day of competition.	
Over 55, Over 65, etc.

2. Recommended Approximate Race Distances

Age Group                       Male                     Female
Novice (Under 11)               1400m - 1800m            1400m - 1800m
Under 13                        2500m                    2500m
Under 15                        3500m                    3500m
Under 17                        5000m                    4300m
Under 20                        5000m                    4300m
Seniors & Masters               9500m - 12000m           5800m - 7000m
                               (Over 70 5800m-7000m)

3. General Rules for Competition

All events are subject to the overall rules of competition as set down by UK Athletics. Only first claim members of a Club, College or School may take part in team competition in the Gwent Cross Country League.

Athletes competing for Welsh Clubs must be registered with Welsh Athletics Limited (WAL) before the day of the race.

All competitors over the age of 11 years must wear the registered colours of the Club, College or School being represented. Clubs, Colleges, Schools should register their official kit/colours with League Secretary. If and when any changes made this should also be formally notified. Where teams have more than one style of recognized kit all members of teams should wear the same version unless approved to the contrary by Race Referee.

Guest runners from within the catchment area will be allowed to compete in the Gwent Cross Country League at the discretion of the League Management Committee, on payment of the requisite fee. Guests from outside the area are always welcome, on payment of the requisite fee.

Entry fees must be paid as decided by the League Treasurer.
2016-2017 season they are:
Affiliation fee - £25 per season
Senior race fee - £4 per fixture
Junior race fee (under 20) - £1 per fixture

4. Teams and Declarations

All Teams and Individuals must be properly declared at least fifteen minutes before their race starts.

Athletes in the Under 23 and Master age groups should be declared as such.

Junior Teams: The first 4 finishers from the declared list of athletes will constitute the first team. The next 4 athletes will constitute the 'B' team and so on. Incomplete teams are allowed but see the rule regarding team awards.

Senior Teams: The first 5 finishers from the declared list of athletes will constitute the first team. The next 5 athletes will constitute the 'B' team and so on. Note: A declared team may consist of less than 5 runners. Masters and athletes under 23 are additionally scored in their own sections.

Masters Teams:
Masters over 35: The first 5 finishers will constitute the first team. The next 5 athletes will constitute the 'B' team and so on. Incomplete teams are allowed but see the rule regarding team awards.
Masters over 45: The first 4 finishers will constitute the first team. The next 4 athletes will constitute the 'B' team and so on. Incomplete teams are allowed but see the rule regarding team awards.
Masters over 55: The first 3 finishers will constitute the first team. The next 3 athletes will constitute the 'B' team and so on. Incomplete teams are allowed but see the rule regarding team awards.
Masters over 65: The first 2 finishers will constitute the first team. The next 2 athletes will constitute the 'B' team and so on. Incomplete teams are allowed but see the rule regarding team awards.

Athletes Under 23: The first 5 finishers will constitute the first team. The next 5 athletes will constitute the 'B' team and so on. Incomplete teams are allowed but see the rule regarding team awards.

An athlete, having competed for a team in a season, who then changes club, college or school is only eligible to compete as an individual for his/her new team in the league for the remainder of that season.

5. Team and Individual Match Scoring

Scoring will be dependent upon the number of starters in each race. For example, if there are 80 starters in a race, then the first runner home will score 80 points, the second runner 79 points and so on. In certain age categories, where there are only very small numbers of competitors, the leading athlete scores a minimum of 25 points, the runner-up 24 points and so on.

For clarification, in results an athlete recorded as (Ind) is a member of an affiliated team but was not properly declared, was not declared on time or was not eligible to represent his/her team in competition. He/she scores points as an individual only. Guest athletes are marked as such and do not score any points. An athlete disqualified for any reason is shown as (Disq) and also does not score any points.

Masters Teams: There is a Masters Team competition in the following age groups: Men and Women Over 35 (5 to score), Men and Women Over 45 (4 to score), Men and Women Over 55 (3 to score) and Men Over 65 (2 to score).

Male Veterans over 65: Male veterans over the age of 65 may choose to run in the Senior Ladies race. If they choose to run in the Senior Men's race they will be scored as a Male over 55.

Athletes Under 23 - Teams: There are team competitions for Under 23 Males and Under 23 Females. In these cases the first 5 runners will constitute the scoring team and the next 5 the 'B' team and so on.

Within each age group or section, the totals for teams and individuals will be carried forward to the end of the season.

The League Champions (Teams or Individuals) will be those gaining the highest aggregate scores from the five fixtures held throughout the season.

If there is a tie on points, for Teams or Individuals, the relative finishing positions in the final fixture will be decisive.

At the discretion of the Race Referee (in consultation with the Chief Timekeeper and/or First Aid providers), slow competitors exceeding twice the time of the race winner and/or an excessive distance behind the preceding competitor are liable to be discounted from results (position and time) and may be asked to withdraw from the race.

Award Structure for Senior Individuals:No senior athlete may win more than one award. In the case of an athlete being in the position to win awards in more than one category, the following rules will be applied: The award made will be the highest placed position. If these are the same then the youngest age group award will be made except in the case of Under 23 where the senior award will be made). Examples:
The men's league champion is a Male Master over 35. He will be awarded 1st Senior Man and the second placed Master over 35 moves up.
The women's league champion is also Under 23. She will be awarded 1st Senior Woman and the second placed Under 23 moves up.

Awards for Masters and Under 23: In order to win an award in a Masters age group or as an under 23, an athlete must complete at least four fixtures.

Team Awards: In order to be considered for a team award a club, school or college needs to have more than one scoring member during the season.

6. Divisional Structure for Senior Teams:

All senior teams are additionally placed into divisions. For Men there are three divisions of 12 teams and all remaining teams will be placed in Division 4. For Women there are two divisions of 12 teams and all remaining teams will be placed in Division 3. There are awards to the first three teams in Division 1 and the first two teams in the lower divisions. In addition there is promotion and demotion of 2-up 2-down between the divisions. New teams will be placed in the lowest division. If a team does not compete during the season they will be removed from the divisions and will start again as a new team. For Men there is also a 'B' Team Division and all teams from 'C' onwards will be placed in a Reserve Division. For Women all teams other than the first team will also be placed in a Reserve Division. There are awards for the winning team in the 'B' team and Reserve Divisions. There will also be a University Division. All athletes competing for a University Team will be placed in this division. In addition, university students whose first claim club (for whom they must compete and whose club colours they must wear) is within the Gwent League catchment area can additionally score for their university by placing a note on the declaration form and results envelope to indicate as such.

JHC/April 2012 (Mod JRA/June 2015/July 2016)