Destination Basingstoke
Hampshire Cross Country League

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The league season runs from October to February and comprises five races in Hampshire and neighbouring counties.

Annual General Meeting - 13 June 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Hampshire Cross-Country League took place at the River Park Leisure Centre, Winchester on Friday 13 June:

AGM minutes - 13 June 2014

Download AGM minutes as Word doc or Download AGM minutes as pdf

Download League Constitution (last updated July 2012) or Download League Constitution as pdf
Download League Rules (last updated June 2010) or Download League Rules as pdf

Amendment to the League Constitution

Following the AGM, the following amendment was proposed:

Amendment to Rule with regard to the participation of Under 13 athletes for both Boys and Girls in the Hampshire Cross Country League

  • The lower age for Under 13 athletes is for those who have their 11th birthday between 1st September in the year of competition (2014 for the coming season) and 31st August the following year (2015).
  • The upper age for Under 13 athletes remains per the current UKA rule (under 13 on the 31st August 2014).

Only 5 votes were received on this amendment, all in favour, and the amendment is therefore carried.

List of athletes competing in the League

Clubs are requested to submit a list of athletes likely to compete in the League by 30 September. The aim is to improve the quality of the results (spelling of names and age group for veterans) and ease the task of the results secretaries.

The information required for each athlete is:

  • Forename
  • Surname
  • Sex (this is not obvious with some names!)
  • Date of Birth
  • Age Group

Clearly there will always be a few athletes not on the list (joined the club halfway through the season, changed their mind about competing, etc) and there is no intention to prevent them from competing.

The list can be sent either to me or to Pam (or separate male and female lists to both).

Generally speaking, we would rather have a list of 50 athletes, of whom only 10 compete, than the other way round!

League Notice - Download notice (Word doc)
League Notice - Download notice (PDF)

Promotions and Relegations for the 2014/2015 Season

DivisionPromoted fromRelegated from
Senior Men Division 1-Wimborne
Eastleigh RC
Senior Men Division 2Stubbington Green RunnersCity of Salisbury
Reading RoadrunnersTotton RC
Senior Men Division 3University of Portsmouth-
Fleet & Crookham
Veteran Men Division 1-Haslemere Border
Eastleigh RC
Veteran Men Division 2Stubbington Green Runners-

Popplewell Trophy 2014

Presentation of the Popplewell Trophy 2014The Committee of the Destination Basingstoke Hampshire Cross Country League decided to award the Popplewell Trophy to Graeme Lowndes, in recognition of his contribution to Cross Country running for the League and the County. This was a unanimous decision.

As we all know, Graeme has been involved in Cross Country since the 1980's and was one of the organisers of the Farley Mount fixture with Alan Coveney. He was a team manager for one of the Hampshire teams at Inter-County and National level, was County President in 2011 and had taken athletes to Coutances and Bolbec for competitions for over 25 years. He also instigated the Popplewell Trophy, contacting clubs and organising the collection of funds to purchase the trophy. He nominated Alan Coveney as the first recipient.

His wife Irene attended the AGM along with their two daughters Emily and Lauren and other family members. She asked especially that the trophy be awarded at the meeting, as she felt that it would be too overwhelming to attend the Farley Mount fixture, with all its memories.

On accepting the trophy, Irene said that Graeme would have been surprised, delighted and honoured, as he felt that he had done nothing special. Such was the man.

Previous winners:-2011Alan CoveneyWinchester & District AC
 2012Tim RichardsonReading AC
 2013David VosserWinchester & District AC

2014/2015 fixtures

Saturday 11 October 2014 - Farley Mount, Winchester

venue details for Farley Mount   hosted by Winchester & District A.C.

Saturday 8 November 2014 - Goodwood, Chichester

venue details for Goodwood   hosted by Chichester Runners & A.C.

Saturday 6 December 2014 - Popham Airfield, Basingstoke

venue details for Popham Airfield   hosted by Basingstoke and Mid Hants A.C.

Saturday 10 January 2015 - Prospect Park, Reading

venue details for Prospect Park   hosted by Reading A.C.

Saturday 7 February 2015 - King's Park, Bournemouth

venue details for King's Park   hosted by Bournemouth A.C.

Timetable for Season 2014/15

showing race times and maximum course distances

1200 Under 13 Girls 3.0km
1215 Under 13 Boys 3.0km
1230 Under 15 Girls 4.0km
1250 Under 15 Boys 4.0km
1305* Under 17 Women 4.0km
1335* Senior Women (including Veteran and Under 20 Women) 6.0km
1410* Under 17 Men 6.0km
1430* Senior Men (including Veteran and Under 20 Men) 10.0km

* At Farley Mount only, these races will start 5 minutes later (to be confirmed).