ATW Cross Country Series – Round 3 (Seniors) and Short Course Time Trial for Juniors – 17th April 2021

ATW Cross Country Series

Round 3 (Seniors & U 20) & Short Course XC Time Trial (Juniors)

JOIN US FOR THE FINAL ROUND OF THE ATW SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY SERIES ON SATURDAY 17th APRIL 2021, (featuring a special Short Course XC Time Trial for Juniors)

Round 3 (Seniors Only). All Senior entrants from the series have been transferred to this event

For those Senior entrants who have competed in all stages of the competition so far, this is the round where the prize winners will be decided. It is also the opportunity for other Senior cross country runners to tackle an amazing cross-country course set in the private grounds of the beautiful Merchant Taylors School, near Watford. The venue boasts stunning views, challenging hills, stream crossings and a mixture of fast running and muddy tough going. The course will be the same as that used in round 2, but run in reverse, which we believe will provide a totally different set of challenges.

This round, like the others, will be a chip-timed format using our proven method of starting in small waves to be Covid-secure.  All series entrants will have their place automatically transferred to this round with their finishing time from the previous rounds being used to seed the waves so similar paced runners will start together, and the fastest waves will start first. This will reduce the amount of overtaking on the course.
If you haven’t raced yet, then don’t worry, during the registration process you will be asked to complete your PB/estimated time over 5K and we’ll use that information to position you appropriately in a start wave.

Wear your club colours with pride!  We look forward to seeing clubs taking part and competing for the series team prize.

Series entries are no longer available. All series entrants have been automatically transferred to this round.

Short Course XC Time Trial Races (U11, U13, U15, and U17)

As a transformation from the Winter Season to the Spring, we are holding Short Course XC Time Trial Races for the younger athletes, equivalent to roughly half the distance of the usual cross-country courses and setting off athletes one at a time, with short gaps.
This unique racing format will provide them with a different challenge, though despite the shorter length, the course will still offer a stiff test and help them to prepare for the upcoming summer season. To reflect the shorter distances, the entry cost has been reduced to only £10. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 boys and girls in each category.

Final details, confirmation of waves and start times, formats and course distances for this round will be circulated in the week prior to the event, but it is likely that we will split the Senior/U20 wave in two to reduce congestion and help with social distancing.

Many people are understandably nervous regarding entering events again and we want to assure you that we take every measure we can to organise a safe, socially distanced event. To see this in action watch our video Covid-19 Safety at ActiveTrainingWorld Running and Triathlon Events

  • Location: Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood, HA6 2HT
  • Start times: (these have been changed to assist with social distancing)
    1.3km Under 11 start – 9:30 am
    1.7km Under 13 start – 10:15 am
    2km Under 15 start – 11:00 am
    2.5km Under 17 start – 12:00 pm
    8K Senior/U20 start wave1 – 1:00 pm
    8K Senior/U20 start wave2 – 2:30 pm
  • Distances: 8km, 2.5km, 2km, 1.7km & 1.3km

  • Minimum Age: 8K Senior: over 20yrs | 8K U20: 17, 18 & 19yrs | 2.5K U17: 15 & 16yrs | 2K U15: 13 & 14yrs | 1.7K U13: 11 & 12yrs | 1.3K U11: 10yrs and under. (All Ages as at 31/08/2020)
  • Activity: Running

  • Open to: Solo participants

  • Entry Fee: £10/£15

  • Event Cancellation Policy: We want you to book with confidence so, if this event can no longer go ahead, and an alternative date isn’t found, you will be offered a virtual run or a refund of your entry fee. (Booking fees are non-refundable)
  • Additional Fees: A 6% booking fee will be added at the checkout
  • Event Organiser: Active Training World
  • Organiser Email:

Cross Country Pre Race Briefing


Race numbers will be collected at the event venue on the day of the race.

Registration will open at 8.30am 

Register no more than 1 hr before your race start – the exact race timetable will be confirmed in final event details which will be emailed to you the week before the event.

There will be an online race briefing made available before the event. It is mandatory to have watched this as there will no pre-race briefing on the day.

Please arrive in sufficient time to collect your race number.

New numbers will be provided for each round.


The course includes a variety of surfaces includes stream crossings, scenic lake-side paths, muddy fields, hills and short sharp climbs that will challenge your all-round skill. The course is suitable for cross-country spikes and off-road shoes only. All courses except the 8k Seniors, will be based around the start and finish field, providing an exciting racing spectacle. All the courses will be run in an opposite direction from the April 10th event.
The U17, U15, U13 and U11 courses will be run over a Short Course to help with preparation for the summer season, and to provide a different racing challenge, will be started as a time trial start with athletes starting individually with small gaps.

All routes will be included in the final details and can be accessed on the link below:

The venue boasts stunning views, challenging hills, stream crossings and a mixture of fast running and muddy tough going

We actively welcome support and involvement from local communities, businesses and individuals. If you would like to find out more about marshalling, sponsorship or group bookings please contact us at the address below.

Due to current restrictions all event staff and volunteers will need to confirm that they have not been unwell in the 14 days leading up to the event. This also applies to competitors.

In line with government guidelines, children can be accompanied by one adult only. No spectators are allowed

If you would like more info on this event please use the email address below:


Series prizes as follows

  • Individual prizes for the first three male and female in each age category.
  • Team prize for the winning club, male and female, and a mob score across all categories.
  • Teams to consist of first three in U11, U13, U15, U17 &  U20 Age groups, male and female.
  • Teams to consist of first five in Senior Age group Individuals can still count for the overall series if they only complete one or two races, but will receive a default score equal to last place in the race they do not complete.

There are no finishers medals.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 boys and girls in each of the junior short course races.

All prizes will be distributed after the final event, there will be no prize-givings on the day.
There will be full results on the chip timing website both overall and by category.


Need help with your running? Whether this is your first cross country season and you want to know how to prepare, or you are looking to smash your personal best – following a training plan will increase your chances of achieving your goals (aimed at over 18s).

Visit the ATW Shop to submit your requirements for a fully customised run training plan.

It is important that you are fit to run and have not experienced any Covid-19 symptoms in the 14 days leading up to the event.

Race Numbers
Please wear your number pinned to the front of your vest. A new race number will be issued for each round of the series.

Parking is available at Merchant Taylors’ School. There will be marshals and signage to guide you to the correct place.

Changing & Baggage Facilities
We will not be providing a changing area, therefore please come changed and ready to race. Baggage can be left in the pre-start area, but no responsibility is held for personal belongings. There will not be any cover, so please ensure your bags are waterproof. Please do not leave valuables.

Toilets will be provided for the event.

Time Limit

Wheelchairs & Prams & Dogs
The course is unsuitable for wheelchairs and prams. Dogs are not allowed on the site.

ActiveTrainingWorld do not offer transfers or deferrals for this event or any events listed on the website. If you are unable to attend due to illness, injury, family bereavement, jury service you will only be eligible for a refund on production of official evidence: Positive Covid-19 test result, Doctor’s note, Death Certificate etc.

Private Grounds
Please note that this event is being held on private land. It is important that you do not try to access the course outside of this event, as it will put future events in jeopardy.

In line with government guidelines, children can be accompanied by one adult only.No spectators are allowed.

Event Cancellation
If this event can no longer go ahead, you will be offered a rescheduled date, or a refund of your entry fee (Booking fees are non-refundable).

By entering this event you agree to the below terms and conditions:

Your details will kept in accordance with the Active Training World Privacy Policy

Your name, date of birth and email details will be passed onto the chip timing company. Personal details will be deleted 1 week after the event.

Where specified on the booking form any medical information will be passed onto the medical team present at the event. 


1) I am the required age for my chosen distance as at 31/08/2020. 

2)  I declare that I am medically fit to compete & understand that I do so entirely at my own risk.

3) I understand that I enter the race at my own risk and that no person(s) or organisation(s) will be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss to myself, prior to, during or after the event.

4) I understand the organisers reserve the right to alter the arrangements and conditions, should circumstances require.


The event is being officially timed by Event Chip Timing and the results will be available on the day at

Ticket Details

  • If this is your first registration on our new booking platform but had an ATW account previously, your old ATW log in details are now invalid and a new account will be created for you when you book your first event without logging in.
  • Ages are as at 31/08/2020
  • Your wave will be determined by entering your predicted time over 5K or 1.5K. You will be asked for this during the registration process.
  • Prices do not include 6% booking fee. This will be added at checkout.
Details Price Qty
8K Senior (Over 20yrs) Cross Country Entry - Round 3£15.00 (GBP)*  
8K U20 (17-19yrs) Cross Country Entry - Round 3£12.00 (GBP)*  
5K U17 (15 & 16yrs) Cross Country Time Trial Entry£10.00 (GBP)*  
4K U15 (13 & 14yrs) Cross Country Time Trial Entry£10.00 (GBP)*  
3K U13 (11 & 12yrs) Cross Country Time Trial Entry£10.00 (GBP)*  
2K U11 (10yrs and under) Cross Country Time Trial Entry£10.00 (GBP)*  

Price does not include booking fee

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