2018 Stowe Cross Country: Race details and entry forms

Wed 29 Aug, 2018

The start of last year's race is pictured. See bottom of page for entry forms.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s 41st annual Cross Country Race, incorporating the 43rd UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships, takes place on Sunday 7 October 2018.

The event will be held over 8.52km/5.28 mile and 5.72km/3.6 mile courses in the historic National Trust-owned Stowe Park, near Buckingham. Entries are invited from individuals and guest clubs as well as fire and rescue services.

Organiser Eddie Gutteridge, Life Vice-President of the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Sports Association, said: "It is a privilege to organise an event at Stowe, and once again we express our sincere thanks to the National Trust, Stowe School and the tenant farmers.

“We look forward to welcoming seasoned veterans and first-timers to what is without doubt one of the most picturesque venues available for an event of this type.”

Further details:

Venue: Stowe School, Buckingham, MK18 5EH. Stowe is a world-famous neo-classical masterpiece - one of the great English estates, with extraordinary golden stone buildings with domes, colonnades, temples, follies and features created by the great names of 18th century architecture, spread around hundreds of acres of awe-inspiring parkland and formal gardens dating back to the 1700s. The grounds are owned by The National Trust.

Course: Deer Park - undulating parkland (grazed by livestock), suitable for spikes, considered to be a testing course. Multi-lap course Men 5.28 miles (8.52km) = three laps. Women 3.6 miles (5.72km) = two laps. Supervets may run one lap of 1.76 miles (no race award).

Race start time: 14.00hrs men and women.

Start: Deer Park, adjacent to main drive, Stowe Park (National Trust).

Directions: If approaching from Buckingham, please ignore the National Trust signs and use the Stowe signs.

Car parking: Car parking: National Trust car park on the right about 400m beyond the security gate.

Reception, changing and showers: In Sports Pavilion, 100 metres from car park, through gate on opposite side of main drive. Please do not encroach on the rugby pitches. Race numbers issued on day. Please arrive by 13.00hrs.

Presentations and refreshments: School dining room from 15.30hrs, a hot meal will be provided. Special mementos to all participants entered by the closing date.

First aid: This will be provided by a qualified officer.

Risk assessment: Carried out.

Race permit: Permit applied for.

Race awards: Fire service race awards, first three individuals men and women. Age category and team awards according to entry at closing date. (Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service awards, same criteria with three score on watch or station entry). Team scoring – four men, three women on finishing position with separate scoring for men and women. The race accommodates both serving and retired personnel.

Entry: £14 per person for fire and rescue service and UKA-affiliated club runners. £16 per guest runner not affiliated (£2 sent to UKA). £3 for any supporters requiring a hot meal. Firefighter name changes permitted on the day. Closing date for entries is Monday 17 September 2018.

Future events: Two Inter-Service Representative Matches. Selection on the basis of the day’s results and past performance:

Wednesday 21 November 2018 – Police v Prison Service v Fire, to be held at Tally Ho, Birmingham (Police HQ)

Thursday 17 January 2019 (TBC) – RAF v Police v Fire v Civil Service v Universities, to be held at RAF Halton, Wendover, Buckinghamshire.

Thanks: The use of the venue for cross country running is a special privilege to the fire and rescue service. Sincere thanks are expressed to the National Trust and Stowe School for the use of facilities and to Charlie and Jenny Fife, tenant farmers, for their support and livestock management flexibility. To the staff at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service HQ for their support in the administration of this event and to the race officials from Buckinghamshire AA.

Charity beneficiaries: The National Trust and Stowe School Sports Fund.

Queries: If you have any further queries, please contact Eddie Gutteridge on 01296 715203 or at eddiegwinslow@gmail.com, or Piers Vallance on 07795 317589 or at pvallance@bucksfire.gov.uk.

Entry forms: Fire and Rescue Services Word | PDF | Guest Individuals and Guest Clubs Word | PDF