YMCA Fairthorne Group

Hampshire Athletics
Cross-Country Championships
Saturday 7 January 2017

Hampshire Cross-Country Championships 2016Images of last year's Championships [Photos: Paul Hammond]

After a successful debut for the venue in 2016, the 2017 Championships will return to Fairthorne Manor near Botley, about eight miles to the east of Southampton.

There will be a few minor changes to the course to reduce ground damage, but it will still take advantage of the whole estate and use all its facilities.

Fairthorne Manor includes a former golf course and is now run as a Family Park and Campsite by the YMCA. As it is private property, the general public cannot access the site other than for organised events.

Entry forms, including online entry, are now available.

Course location

Map of Fairthorne Manor

Course details

The course is based on three laps:

  • The Arena Lap, a loop of approximately 1200m on sloping grassland, which can be seen from the main spectator area at the start and finish.
  • The Medium Lap, approximately 2500m long, which leaves the Arena Lap via the woods and uses part of the former golf course
  • The Full Lap, approximately 3500m long, which adds to the Medium Lap by taking in a circuit of the Campsite field.

Various modifications have been made to adjust the race distances for each age group.

Course map

What's new this year?

The Under 17 and Under 20 Women's races will run together, as will the Under 17 and Under 20 Men's. In each case, the Under 20s will run an additional lap to the Under 17s, though the Under 20 Men's race has been reduced by 1000m since the last championships.

Also, the Under 17 and Under 20 team competitions, both for men and women, will be based on three to score; all other age groups are unchanged.

Please note

No animals or pets of any kind, except guide and hearing dogs, are allowed anywhere in the grounds.

Smoking: YMCA Fairthorne Manor and grounds are a smoke free environment.

Parking: Parking for as many cars as possible will be provided in the grounds. We plan to arrange alternative parking within 15 minutes' walk of the course - please refer back to this page later for details.

Entry form

Enter online

Alternatively, download the entry form as a Word document or PDF.

Please make sure that you fill in all your details, especially your club if you are making an individual entry.


The timetable will be similar to previous years', with Championship races in ascending age order from Under 11 right up to Seniors and Veterans.

10:15 Under 11 Boys 4 to score 2150 metres
10:30 Under 11 Girls 4 to score 2150 metres
10:45 Under 13 Boys 4 to score 3400 metres
11:00 Under 13 Girls 4 to score 3400 metres
11:15 Under 15 Boys 4 to score 3950 metres
11:35 Under 15 Girls 4 to score 3950 metres
11:55 Under 17 Women 3 to score 5000 metres
11:55 Under 20 Women 3 to score 6200 metres
12:30 Under 17 Men 3 to score 6300 metres
12:30 Under 20 Men 3 to score 8700 metres
13:05 Senior and Veteran Women Senior: 4 to score
Veteran: 4 to score
7950 metres
13:55 Senior and Veteran Men Senior: 6 to score
Veteran: 4 to score
11750 metres

Race day notes

Runners and spectators: Please bring suitable footwear, both for racing and spectating.

Changing: some changing and showering facilities will be available.

Refreshments will be on sale, provided by YMCA Fairthorne Manor.

Medical cover will be provided.

Race number collection

Race numbers will be available for collection from the main admin marquee near the Start/Finish from 09:00.

Team Managers: please ensure that you give athletes the correct numbers to avoid problems compiling the results later. Complete club start lists will be given to you with the numbers.

Notes on entries

  1. All competitors must have Hampshire qualification: a. birth or b. nine months continuous residence or service in H.M. Forces prior to the date of the Championships, in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight or Channel Islands, and MUST NOT have competed for another county or in another county's championships during the preceding year.
  2. This is a Hampshire Club competition, and so unaffiliated runners will not be accepted. All athletes must be registered with England Athletics.
  3. Age Qualification:
    Qualification Date for Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 age groups is 31st August 2016.
    Qualification Date for Under 20 age group is 31st December 2017*. (*This date is the same as for the UK Inter-Counties Championships and ensures that all athletes taking part in the Under 20 races are eligible for Hampshire team selection.)
    Male Female Must be born between
    U11B U11G 1 September 2005 - 7 January 2008
    Note: All Under 11 competitors must be 9 years or over on the day of competition.
    U13B U13G 1 September 2003 - 31 August 2005
    U15B U15G 1 September 2001 - 31 August 2003
    U17M U17W 1 September 1999 - 31 August 2001
    U20M U20W 1 January 1998 - 31 August 1999
    SM SW on or before 31 December 1997
    VM VW on or before 7 January 1977 (Men) or 7 January 1982 (Women)
    Athletes wishing to compete in an older age group, e.g. Under 17 athletes wishing to compete in the Under 20 event, must specify clearly which age group is being entered, or you will be placed in the correct age group category according to your birth date.
  4. Veteran competitors pay one entry fee and score in both Senior and Veteran age groups.
  5. Teams consist of FOUR to score in all age groups apart from Senior Men, where SIX will score.

Entry fee

The entry fee is 8.00 per individual. Please make cheques payable to: Hampshire Athletics.

Please return postal entries by Friday 23 December 2016.

The closing date for online entries is Friday 30 December 2016.

No entries are guaranteed after these dates.


Championship Secretary

Pam Rogers
99 Stride Avenue