Last year we recognised the strange anomaly – that 15 year old athletes could compete internationally in Mountain Running, but there were no local races for them to train and compete in, before making this transition.
Newcastle AC came to the rescue and is allowing athletes aged 14 & 15 to compete in 3 races, to give them a flavor of our favourite series and help these young athletes prepare for full competition when they turn 16.
One of the races has been slightly shortened to comply with distance regulations for under age runners.
Junior athletes aged 14 or 15 at the time of the start of the Hill & Dale series will be able to compete in this mini series.
Junior athletes will start each race with the seniors.
The races are:-
Race 2 – Tollymore – slightly shortened race – 14 & 15 year old athletes will start with the seniors, but will turn at the boundary wall to join the descent route to the finish.
Race 4 – Binnian – 14 & 15 year old athletes will be able to run the entire uphill course!
Race 7 – Millstone – 14 & 15 year old athletes will be able to run the entire up and down course!
As an added bonus the N.Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA) are offering the male and female winners of the series, a place on their International Squad for 2019.
NIMRA are also offering the male and females winners of the 16+ category a place on the International Squad for 2019 – however these athletes will have to complete 6 out of 11 races, just like the seniors (note – this only applies to athletes born in 2000, 2001 and 2002)
All junior athletes should comply with the same safety advice and equipment requirements of the senior athletes, but they will have the addition of a parental permission aspect that is included in registration – this will apply to all junior athletes.
This is particularly important at the Millstone race, where navigation can play a part in poor visibility.
At each of the 3 races, Phil Hodge will be available to answer questions that any new junior or parent might have about that nights race.
Please direct any enquiries in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Registration will close on Tuesday 9th April at 9pm, but will reopen after the 1st race is completed.
An athlete only needs to register once for the series.
Note – If an athlete is born in 2003 between Jan and April, they should contact Phil Hodge via the above e-mail in advance of Race 1 at Castlewellan.