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Red Rose Cross Country cancelled


The first Red Rose Cross Country fixture was held at Chesham fields in Bury on Saturday 31st October 1970, with 4 clubs competing, Bury, Bolton, Rochdale and Rossendale.

These four clubs were the founder members of the league.

So move on 50 years and we were hoping for another competitive season, with member clubs now up to 25.

However this is highly unlikely to happen due, to the Covid 19 pandemic. 

The guidelines from England Athletics have been confirmed. Steve, Jean, and myself believe that we cannot in all honesty comply with these Covid 19 cross country regulations this 2020 season.

The final edition of the guidelines, puts the onus for hosting an event clearly on the organising club, with additional requirements for marshals and club officials. Each club will also have to decide on the maximum number of athletes that their course allows.

Also with the government tightening the regulation to counteract the outbreak, local councils would have to be consulted for use of their parks.

Areas with high rate of the virus, and the North West is one such area, will find the local authority will not issue a licence for the use of their Parks 

Thus we are very reluctantly recommending that the Red Rose Cross Country League is cancelled in 2020.

These E A guidelines have also moved the awarding of the cross country permit from Northern Athletics to England   Athletics. 

Each club will now need to obtain their own permit ,through a prolonged process. 

Ken Smith 01/10/2020


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