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Dear <<First Name>>,

As well as important information about our new registration system, this email contains details about [payment of fees] for the first Gwent League at Cardiff, and notes about [the course at Blaise Castle].

Starting with the second (Blaise Castle) fixture, we're introducing advance online registration.  Since this email is going to the whole Gwent League mailing list, if you're not your club's Team Manager, please pass on to make sure that your team manager is aware of this.

There is an outline of the new system, together with links for Team Managers to get a login name and password, and for a quick start / detailed guide, on the declarations page of the website.

Please would all clubs ensure that their team managers have registered with us and declared at least one runner on the system by Friday 4th November.  NB This is NOT a deadline for registering ALL athletes, but rather for us to know that all clubs are set up to use the system.  

Multiple team managers can register from each club, e.g. separate managers for men, women, boys and girls.  To ensure security while maintaining flexibility, once you have entered a date of birth it will be obscured, so that other managers or (hopefully not) hackers can't see that information.

Payment of Fees
The number of finishers from each club at Cardiff is now shown on the website.  Please add the affiliation fee (if not already paid) and arrange for payment either:
•    by BACS (Gwent Cross Country League, Sort 51-61-15, A/C, 11023775, Nat West, Reference University of the West of England FEES). Please send a confirmation email (including club name and amount paid) to e.r.sherwood@btinternet.com; or
•    Cheque by post to Roland Sherwood, Glenside, Clarbeston Road, Pembrokeshire SA63 4SD.  Please make the cheque payable to Gwent Cross Country League, and if not drawn from a club account, please write the club name on the back.
NB We hope to be changing treasurers in the near future, and will let you know new details once paperwork is complete.

The Course at Blaise Castle
BadWolf Production Company has fenced off an area of Blaise Castle Estate to film its adaptation of Bernard Cornwall’s The Winter King, a major new TV drama.  While the course is largely the same as the February route, the large lap in particular is shorter to avoid fenced off areas and metal tracks.  This means that the men's race, in particular, is shorter than ideal.  According to the layout on the day, we may be able to extend the large lap and slightly increase the distance.

On the upside, you'll get to see what King Arthur's castle and a 5th century village actually looked like (or at least, the director's imagining of it).

Regards,
Neil

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