PECO – All you need to know!


PECO returns after 2 years! Here’s a handy guide to PECO  if you’re new to STAC or have questions that you’ve been too afraid to ask!

What is PECO?

It’s a PECO Cross Country League. There’s a series of 5 cross country races organised in and around Leeds in which clubs affiliated to the League compete across men’s and ladies divisions. Each race is about 4-5 miles.

Why’s it called ‘PECO’?

It’s named after the original sponsor PECO (Print and embroidery company). We still get our club kit from them

interesting! When is it?

It’s over the winter months. 2021/22 events are as follows:

2021/22DateHostAssistantVenue
Race 1 Sun 14 November Abbey Runners Kippax HarriersMiddleton Park
Race 2 Sun 5 December STAC NoneTemple Newsam 
Race 3Sun 19 December Rothwell Harriers Hyde Park Harriers Middleton Park 
Race 4Sun 23 January Horsforth Harriers & Kirkstall Harriers (joint) West Park/Becketts Park 
Race 5 Sun 20 February Roundhay Runners Chapel Allerton Roundhay Park 
RelaysSun 13 March PecoXC (Valley Striders) WYWLBramley Falls Park 
 Friday March PecoXC League Presentation – ‘Cuckoo’ Bar 27 Call Lane, Leeds

Cocktails in Cuckoo Bar sounds great; cross country in winter in Leeds not so much! Doesn’t it get cold and muddy?

It can do yes, but that’s part of the fun! We usually get a load of STAC’s doing it. 

It’s a League then, what division are STAC in?

The Men are in the First Division (2nd tier of 3) and Men’s vets in the Premier Division (1st tier of 2).

The Women are in the Second Division and Women’s vets in the First Division

Sounds like we should aim to do a bit better, how do we do that?

The places of the top runners score as per the table below:

Number of runners to count 
 MenWomen
Premier Division 98
First Division 87
Second Division 76
Counters in the vets leagues (both Men & Women)
 35+45+55+65+
Premier Division 3211
First Division 2111

I’m never going to finish in the top 6-9 STAC’s, is there any point in me taking part?

Yes definitely! Even if you are not a scoring STAC, you will almost certainly finish above scoring runners from other clubs, thus boosting the differential score between STAC and them.

I don’t really understand that, anything else in it for me?

Yes a PECO branded towel if you all races! And cake!

Shut-up and take my money! How do I sign-up?

From Racebest where it’s a flat priced £15 for a race number whether you do just one or all the races.

Is there anywhere to get changed and leave stuff?

Yes, there will be a STAC tent.

What should I wear?

Trail shoes definitely. Some runners will wear shoes with lugs designed for mud on some courses. On colder days recommend you bring a change of clothes. Oh and don’t forget to bring a fresh pair of socks for after!

Is there anything for STAC Juniors?

Yes. there’s junior race, the under 11’s do 1 mile and under 17’s 2 miles. We usually have STAC Juniors taking part.

STAC are hosting the Temple Newsam PECO, can I help?

Yes definitely! We are looking for more volunteers, please contact a member of the STAC PECO organising committee. If you volunteer and don’t run this event you will still qualify for the PECO towel if you run the other ones.

Finally where can i find more information?

From https://pecoxc.co.uk (where a lot of this information was shamelessly lifted from). This will be updated with course maps and results as the PECO season progresses.

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