Updates for the 2024 season

Ahead of the 2024 season, some key updates to be aware of:

  1. There will no longer be tie-breakers for junior athletes
  2. Veteran age-groups for both open and female categories start at over-35
  3. Veteran team categories are aligned with the individual categories
  4. Athletes entering multiple races (as opposed to the season entry) will retain the same number and chip for all races that they compete in
  5. Our original intended date for the season opener would have seen a clash with the National Cross Country Championships, likewise, the following Saturday also saw a fixture clash on the same day

2023 Season Presentations

Due to the late change of venue and the restrictions with parking and the logistics of getting athletes/results from course to venue, the end of season presentations will not be taking place following the final fixture this Saturday in Rugeley

Results will be posted on the website following the fixture and arrangements will be made to get the trophies to the recipients in early January. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause

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Final Fixture Change

Unfortunately, due to ongoing works at Keele University, the venue for our final fixture this year will be switched to Rugeley. This is the same venue that was used for the Staffs AAA County Championships at the start of the year and is sure to provide a quality course for the seasons conclusion.

All participants are asked where possible to car share, as parking is limited in the area and the parking is in the vicinity of the local houses where we are keen to ensure we do not cause problems that could rule this venue out of future fixtures. Further details will be available on the course page in due course and sent out to all registered participants ahead of the race.

Whilst this decision has not been an easy one, athlete safety and the logistics of arranging a fixture at short notice has led to this outcome.


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NSCCL and Transgender Athletes

As I’m sure you are aware, last season, there were several debates regarding transgender athletes and competitive sport.  By the close of the season, we had not received any clear guidance from England Athletics.

This year, EA have announced that they will be following the UKA policy.  Please see below the EA statement on eligibility taken from the England Athletics Website:

England Athletics, along with the other Home Country Athletics Federations, previously confirmed support of UKA’s position on protecting the female category in athletics. England Athletics is aligned with the position of UKA in relation to transgender eligibility as outlined in its Principle Statement published today.

England Athletics will, from midnight on 31 March 2023, apply the World Athletics Transgender Regulations and the World Athletics Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification (Athletes with Differences of Sex Development) (“World Athletics Female Classification Regulations”) to all athletics competitions and events for which it grants a licence, subject to the following transitional arrangements set out in the Principle Statements published today by UKA.

  1. Any transgender athlete who has already entered a competition or event in the category that is not their biological sex having complied with the 2021 UKA Policy will remain eligible to compete in that event but may not accept any prize and their results will not count towards any record, qualifying time or mark, or team scoring. For example, a transgender woman athlete who has entered the female category in an event based on the proper application of the testosterone suppression requirements set out in the previous World Athletics Eligibility Regulations for Transgender Athletes will remain eligible to compete but will not be eligible to receive a prize/ money or set a record or qualifying mark or count towards team scoring.
  2. The World Athletics Transgender Regulations and World Athletics Female Classification Regulations will not apply to local School events other than Home Country National School Championships and those events where athletes can qualify for Home Country National School Championships.
  3. In Northern Ireland, the World Athletics Female Classification Regulations will not apply to local School events other than the Ulster Schools Championships and those events where athletes can qualify for the Ulster Schools Championships.

England Athletics will continue to work with UKA and the other home countries to consider any changes to categories of competition, including the potential option of changing the current male category to an open category that has been discussed previously.

We will provide further information and FAQs in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if any athlete, coach, official, club volunteer, parent or competition provider wishes to raise a concern or requires any further information, please contact Harry Stow, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability Manager at England Athletics, via hstow@englandathletics.org

As the league follows EA policy, this will also apply to the North Staffs Cross Country League until such time that policy changes.  So therefore the male category will be reclassified as an open category to allow the league to be as inclusive as we can whilst following the guidance from our sports governing body.


Simon Bromley

Chair – North Staffs Cross Country League


Our AGM will be taking place on Thursday April 6th at 7:30pm. The meeting will be hosted by Newcastle (Staffs) AC at their club house, Ashfields New Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 2DJ. All affiliated clubs/athletes are welcome to attend as we look toward the 2023 season.

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Minute’s Silence

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, there will be a one minute silence held ahead of the opening race (12:00) and both female and male senior races (13:30 & 14:10). In addition, we invite all clubs and runners to bring along Union Jacks to display throughout the afternoon. Please ensure you are aware of the timings of the silences being held if you are arriving or departing around those times

Thank you

NSCCL Committee