The “Competition Ladder”.
For most athletes, the first step on the “Competition Ladder” is Club competition – maybe internal Club events or competing for the Club in Leagues.
The next step on the ladder is County competition which is where the Warwickshire County events fit in.
The third rung on the Competition Ladder is Inter County competition which is when an athlete competes for Warwickshire against other Counties.
Most, but not all, of the Inter County competitions are organised by the UKCAU (UK Counties Athletic Union).
The UKCAU web site can be found at www.UKCAU.co.uk
The following information about Inter County opportunities is in date order so the top item will be relegated to the bottom once its date is passed.
The Inter County Cross Country Championships. 9th March 2019
The event was held on 9th March 2019 at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough. The event includes races for the U13, U15, U17, U20 and Senior age groups for both genders. You can see the results in the Results pages of this web site.
Entry is by selection only by the Team Manager of each age group. You can see a list of the Team Managers in the “About WCAA/Officers” page of this web site. The County Cross Country Championships are the principle selection criteria. The first three eligible athletes to cross the line in each race are automatically selected and then the remainder of the team is chosen by the team managers but the County reserves the right to disregard any athlete, even if they qualify automatically, if they have been disrespectful to the County or its team managers in the past.
Regardless of if you are selected automatically, finish close behind the first three in a race or do not compete in the County Championships at all, it helps the Team Managers if you confirm your availability (or not) for the Inter County match. You can mail them direct or through this web site.
The Inter County Fell Running Championships.
The Seniors Inter County Fell Championships will be at Todmorden on May 12th 2019
The juniors will be part of the Clougha Pike race on 22nd June 2019
Warwickshire County is not very strong in Fell Racing which is not surprising because our highest hill would be considered nothing more than a bump to most fell runners. Even so we have some very keen and very capable athletes and we do our best to support them. Athletes who wish to represent Warwickshire in the Fell Inter County events should enter the events themselves and then contact the team Manager (see the “About WCAA/Officers” page of this web site) for more information and a vest if required.
The Senior Men and Senior Women Inter County Track and Field Match. 27th/28th July 2019
Take note of the new venue – this event is now held in Manchester. The Inter County match is held within the England Championships and those two events are synonymous. An athlete is, at one and the same time, competing for a medal in both events provided s/he is eligible. The Inter County match scores are derived from the England Championships results.
Athletes do not need to be selected by Warwickshire but instead should enter the England Championships themselves. If you enter the England Championships you should remember to state your County affiliation and let us know if you would like a Warwickshire County vest. Although the match is for Seniors, U20s who meet the minimum entry requirements can enter as seniors.
The U13/U15 Boys and Girls Inter County Track and Field Match. 14th September 2019
This year’s match will be hosted by Humberside at a venue yet to be decided. Seven Counties take part (Derbyshire, Humberside, Leicestershire&Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Warwickshire) and each takes its turn to host on a seven year rota.
Entry is by selection only and, although the principle criteria is the ability of the athlete, preference may be given to those who support the County Track and Field Championships. The Team Manager (see the “About WCAA/Officers” page of this web site) selects the Warwickshire team using Power of 10 and the County Championships results but it would help if you let him know that you would like to be selected at.
Information to follow
Inter County Road Running.
There are no longer any Inter County Road Running events because there is such a huge choice of races that it is difficult to encourage athletes from every County to target any one race.