Merseyside County Athletic Association

Cross Country

Inter Counties XC team announced

Merseyside selectors have announced the teams and reserves for the Inter Counties Cross Country Champs at Loughborough on Saturday 12th March.  See names here.

New officials course

The Level 1 course for new T&F officials on Sunday 18th February still has some vacancies.  This is the essential first step to becoming a field judge, track judge, timekeeper or starter.  Interested? See details on England Athletics website and book your place.

Merseyside record

When it comes to athletic families, there are surely few stronger in the UK than the Kearney clan of Merseyside.
Six of the family were picked for their county team for the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships recently and their results included: Ellen-Mary (63rd in the under-13 girls’ race), Aileen (116th in the under-20 women’s race), Ieuan (144th in the under-17 men’s race), and Arran (218th in the under-17 men’s race).
In addition, Emily Kearney was fourth in the Merseyside Championships but unable to run at Prestwold Hall as she is studying in the United States, while their mum, Sarah, was also selected to race and travelled to the event but was unable to run on the day. (© Athletics Weekly, March 2017)

XC I/C teams, 2017

See links for the teams selected to represent Merseyside at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughbrough, on Saturday 11th March;  Female teams | Male teams

XC Champions

A successful Cross Country Championships were held on 7th January on a compact Sherdley Park course, well organised by St Helens Sutton AC and county Cross Country Championships Secretary, Mike Dooling.  The races were well attended with numbers of finishers much the same as last year. However, at 147 the number of female finishers was a Championships record! Click here for our Champions and other award winners.   Cross country stats also updated.

Officials courses

Two courses are coming up at Wavertree shortly.

Level 1 Track & Field Official; Sunday 19th February.  This is the course for new Track and Field officials, ie Field Judges, Track Judges, Timekeepers, Starter / Marksmen.  Attending the course and officiating at 4 or 5 meetings is enough to get a basic Level 1 qualification.  There is also a Health and Safety element, mandatory for all officials.

Level 1 Endurance Official; Saturday 4th March .  This is the course for new endurance officials, ie working at Road, Cross Country and Fell Running.  The course covers Risk Assessment and all the varied duties of an endurance official. Again, completing the course and working at 4 events will gain a Level 1 qualification.

Brief course details   Application Form.   It will be another 12 months at least before another T&F course will be available locally.  For the new endurance official, this is one of only two course in the country and it could be a long time before another opportunity arises locally.