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Nov 22, 2019

Posted by: AnthonyH

Off Road News – December 2019

Congratulations to all the Beginners who completed the course this week.
You are now ready to consider other things.
Also for all members of the club, here are a few:

  • On Sunday, 1st December will be held the annual Tri Counties Cross Country Championships.
    These do not count for our normal Championships but for inter counties, Wiltshire v. Somerset v. Avon. - You run for your county, not your club.
    They will be held, once again, at Bath University.
  • 7th December, The Gwent Cross Country League at Blaise Castle, Bristol – see below.
  • 13th December, AVR Christmas Party starting with a run around the town, pubs etc, lots of singing and then eating!
  • 26th December Stan Farr Boxing Day 5k
  • 29th December, Plain Crazy – this is the next Championship event
    That is 12.5-ish miles and there are still a few places left, so sign-up now


If you wish to compete please can you let Steve know via email (not via text or facebook) to He will need your full name and date of birth (for junior athletes) and age category e.g. FV35, FV40 or M40, M45 (for senior athletes). If you need a place on the minibus then include the request in the email. If the numbers wishing to attend exceed the capacity of the minibus then we will arrange alternative transport to ensure that everybody can get to the venue.

The first two Off Road Championship races for 2020 are:

  1. SMaRTT Smasher 10k Sunday 9th February in Calne
  2. Bowood 10k Sunday 29th March

It is best to enter as soon as possible as both are very popular events and fill up quickly.
Both are relatively flat courses which I enjoy and have done many times.


Finally, one event, (or 4 events!) which are small local AVR trail events over only 5k that you should not miss: the 5x5 held in Steeple Ashton.

It takes place on the 1st Thursday of every month from April to July at 19:00 (same time as all our club runs) from the village pub, The Longs Arms – where it also finishes.

It is a trail event held over part of the White Horse Trail. No hills, but depending on the month (or the weather!) it can be dry, it can be muddy, cold or hot, but always good fun.

5x5 that is 5k & £5 (and there used to be another 5, 5 races, but now there are only 4 due to holidays of the organisers)<?p>