The cross country championships season continues with a further two events coming up in January: Surrey County Cross Country Championships and the Southern Cross Country Main Championships.
Surrey XC Championships to held at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA
Date: Sunday 5th January 2020
Please note this is on the same day as the GP event Tadworth 10. I personally won’t run in these Surrey XC Championships but I’m happy to help facilitate those of you that would prefer to.
Start time: 12.00
Teams of 4 to score.
Cut off time: 60 mins
Start time: 14.00
Distance: 12.2 Km
Teams of 6 to score.
Cut off time: 90 mins
Southern Cross Country Main Championships to be held at Parliament Hill Fields, London NW5 1QR
Date: Saturday 25th January 2020
Start time: 14.05
Teams of 4 to score.
Cut off time: N/A
Start time: 14.50
Distance: 15.0 Km
Teams of 6 to score.
Cut off time: 60 mins by the start of the 3rd lap (approx 10k point), or 90 mins overall.
To sign up to either or both events please fill in the form at the following link:
>>> Sign up for either or both events here <<<
There’s loads of history and legend associated with Parliament Hill. Is the mound to the north of the hill really Boedicea’s Grave? Did Highwayman Dick Turpin hang out in the area? Is the Hill named after the Parliamentary anti-Royalist forces who occupied it during the English Civil War?
Possibly for all the above. What we do know for sure though is that it has been the venue for local, regional and national cross country championships since 1950 and this year its number 1 runner showed up – that’s our very own Joe Chang. He literally wore the number 1 bib number! No pressure Joe!!
With the almost constant rain over the last couple of months, the big hills were the muddiest we’ve seen them for a long while. We all had great fun just trying to stay upright. Thankfully the weather was pretty reasonable on the day itself.
It wouldn’t be a cross country course without some slapdash “that’ll do” course measurement. The ladies course length was close enough at 5.9k (official length 6k) whereas the men got stung with 10.7k for an allegedly official 10k.
There were great runs all round. For the men, Chris Hutchinson was our front runner, with Ed Francis not that far behind until a hamstring injury forced him to abort at 7k.
The ladies went gangbusters despite some initial trepidation on the choice of trail shoes for some. Daisy led the team, with Diana and Viola also putting in strong performances to finish with big smiles all round.
The teams were as follows:
Men: – Chris Hutchinson; Ed Francis; Joe Chang; Michael Street; Joseph Gonzalez
Women: – Daisy Street ; Viola Nicastro; Diana Kimura
Full results can be found at the following link:
>> For results tap here <<<
With the cross country season getting underway, the South of England London Cross Country Championships will be held on the 16th November at Parliament Hill Fields on Hampstead Heath.
Cross Country running is hugely beneficial as you begin preparing for a spring marathon training cycle, helping to build strength and endurance.
As with all these championship events, there will be present a field of top runners from the leading clubs across Greater London . While I hope our own strongest runners can take part, it would be great to have a big team show up from male and female senior and vet categories.
If you’re interested in taking part, please sign up at the following link.
>>> Entry Form Here <<<
You will need to do so by Wednesday 30th October so that the entry deadline can be met.
The weather forecasts had for days been predicting thunderstorms and heavy rain on the day of the SEAA Road Running Relays, but in the end it turned out to be a fine day for three 26.2 RRC teams taking part in this high quality event featuring many of the best runners in the South of England. A little drizzle but nothing that dampened the spirits, or performances.
A fourteen strong contingent descended on the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to do the burple shirts proud. The three teams that took part were:
Senior Women: 1. Victoria Whelan; 2. Jacqueline Chang; 3. Megan Lewis; 4. Laura Hooke
Senior Men: 1. Ben Chown; 2. Anthony Whelan; 3. James Scanlon; 4. Dmitry Selemir; 5. Tim Bartholomew; 6. Chris Hutchinson
Vet Men: 1. Steve Nicholls; 2.Joe Chang; 3. David Maher; 4. Harry Kim
The cherry on the cake was finishing on top of our local rivals and mob match adversaries The Stragglers in both the Senior Women and Vet Men categories. They didn’t field a Senior Men’s team alas.
Full results available from the SEAA website at the following link:
On the 22nd September this year’s SEAA Southern Road Relays will be held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, and the club is again looking to field some teams.
This event turns out the best runners from clubs across London and the South East, is therefore highly competitive and suitable for those at the “faster” end of the club.
This year the relays are the day after our fourth Grand Prix at Northala Fields parkrun but don’t let that mere 5km put you off! Do please register your interest at the link below:
>>>enter relays here<<<
We will be aiming to field runners in the following team groupings:
Senior & Vet Women 4 x 4.5km
Vet Men 4 x 6km
Senior Men 6 x 6km
All runners must be first claim members and registered with England Athletics