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XC season starts tomorrow.

THE cross-country season gets under way again this weekend when Colwyn Bay and Wrexham athletes compete in the North Staffordshire League. The tough league opens tomorrow with the first fixture at the Knights Grange Sports Complex in Winsford, Cheshire, with races for all age groups from under-11 to masters. Colwyn Bay and Wrexham have traditionally sent teams to compete in the four-round league because of the quality of the junior competitions and to give the seniors extra race sharpness for the North Wales league, which begins the folllowing weekend. In last season's North Staffordshire Cross-Country League, Abigail Backshall of Colwyn Bay AC was crowned under-17 women's champion following a consistent campaign. Backshall finished second in the first three races - all to different competitors - before winning the final race to seal the title. After tomorrow's opening round in Winsford (races start 12.30pm), the North Staffordshire league continues with fixtures in Stafford on October 26, Weston Coyney on November 16 and Leek on November 30. For more details visit nsccl.co.uk Below are the revised fixtures for the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross-Country League and the North Wales Junior Cross-Country League, both of which start a week tomorrow with the first meeting in Treborth, Bangor. More details at northwalesxc.com CROSS-COUNTRY Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross-Country League fixtures: October 5 (Treborth Track, Bangor); October 19 (St David's College, Llandudno); November 23 (Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham); January 18 (National Sports Centre, Lilleshall); February 8 (Marches School, Oswestry). Junior League races will be at the first three rounds of the senior league, with the final junior fixture at Glyndwr University, Northop on December 7.

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Abigail Backshall in action last year Picture: MIKE BLAKE
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Date:Sep 27, 2013
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