COVID-19 VIRUS: UPDATE: 23.9.20: Regretfully the decision has been made not to hold this league in its usual form this season. We continue to hope that the Covid regulations may ease sufficiently to hold some Open Cross Country events in the Spring of 2021. Obviously the format of such competition may have to be dramatically changed to obey social distance recommendations. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE NORTH DEVON XC LEAGUE?:
1. As we mostly use school playing fields for our races we will need to follow whatever protocols our hosts have in place. This will involve appropriate restricted numbers on site, an awareness of and strict adherence to social distancing, a possible restriction to numbers of family members on site. 2. Even if our traditional venues are available we cannot start the league until after half term. (November 2020 at the earliest) 3. Races may be restricted to the England Athletics stated manageable and safe numbers in races, staggered starts even within an age group race and new finish arrangements. 4. Strict rules on arrival slots for individual athletes and immediate dispersal from the course after races.
1/9/20 Latest Summary of Statement from England Athletics England Athletics is pleased to announce that we have begun making steps towards a restricted return to Cross Country competition. On the 27th August 2020 we held a meeting with the Cross Country community, including the ECCA, the areas, and some league organisers to agree on the following proposed timeline for a return to Cross Country Competition: Mid-September to mid-October – Pilot XC Competitions 5th October – Licence application process opens 17th October – Licensed Cross Country competition can resume These dates are provisional and will be adapted if necessary, with any additional Government guidance that is issued. Cross Country competition will be unable to resume in the traditional format, adaptations will have to be made based on the current circumstances regarding the virus. However, England Athletics believe this is an exciting step forward for the Cross-Country community and we are currently working on guidance with the named organisations to support competition providers in providing a safe return to adapted cross country competition. We are aiming for a version of the guidance to be published for competition organisers on W/C 14th September 2020. It will be the decision of the competition provider whether they will host competitions given the restrictions within the guidance. All cross-country dates will remain ring fenced until further notice. Due to the licensing timeline above all have agreed the first league fixture date in October will be cancelled. All licensed competitions will be published on the England Athletics website when licensing opens.
Many thanks to all the West Buckland Staff and Parents who made us all so welcome at Finals Day. Without our hosts at Kingsley School, Shebbear College, West Buckland School, Coxleigh Barton Equestrian Centre and Westward Ho! this league simply couldn't take place.
A huge 'thank you' to the faithful band of officials and course marshalls whohave ensured this league is safe and well organised.
IF YOU WISH TO CONTACT THE LEAGUE ADMINISTRATOR PLEASE EMAIL: www.ndxcleague.hotmail.com Facebook page is facebook.com/Northdevoncrosscountryleague