SOAR Suffolk Winter League

The SOAR Winter League is a cross country club team event, it is made up of clubs from the county of Suffolk. There are six races approx 5 miles long with venues and courses spanning the County. They take place from the beginning of December to the end of April and are held on Sunday mornings starting around 11am.

Newmarket Joggers competes in this league as a composite team with Sudbury Joggers.

These races are open to all senior members (excluding social-only members) and all juniors U13+, i.e. school year 7 and up.  Club vests must be worn.  The club pays your entry fees so the races are “free” to enter.

Age group rules are more complex than usual:

  • Athletes aged 17+ on the day of the first race in the series (typically early December) compete in the senior race, and age groups are determined by your age on that day.
  • Athletes aged under-17 on the day of the first race of the series compete in the junior race, and age groups are determined by your age on the previous August 31st (i.e. your usual age group for cross-country and road events)
  • Both junior and senior athletes remain in the same age category for the whole season

Age groups for the junior race are U13, U15 and U17.  Under-11s and below may not compete although a fun run for younger athletes is available at some events.

The League has its own website at https://suffolkathletics.org.uk/suffolk-winter-league which provides more details.