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: