Race 3 2022 – Uxbridge – 3/12/2022

Race 3 2022 – Uxbridge – 3/12/2022

Metropolitan League 2022 Season

Fixture

3

Date

03/12/22

Venue

Hillingdon House Farm, Uxbridge, Middlesex

Venue

Course Location

Start

Hillingdon House Farm, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1ES

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Race HQ

Address

Hillingdon Stadium, Gatting Way, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1ES

Changing Facilities

Changing

Male and Female Changing Rooms and Toilets within athletics stadium from 11 am to 3 pm. Please don't try to use the facilities within the main sports centre.

Showers

No

Toilets

Yes, in the stadium

Refreshments

Yes, near the start line

Travel

Where possible, please use public transport, walk or cycle. If travelling by car, please car share to reduce the impact and check for restrictions that may be in effect in the area (Ultra Low Emission Zone for example). Please also park with consideration of others, especially if using on-street parking.

The league and/or host club(s) do not warrant the accuracy of the information provided so take no responsibility for any fines or charges that may be levied.

Public Transport

Details

Recommended Hillingdon station on the Met and Piccadilly Lines 10-15 mins walk from the course. U1 and U2 buses stop within 3 mins walk from the Sports Centre.

Direction

As above

Cycle storage

Details

Outside the stadium and sports centre

Direction

Next to

Parking

Details

There are ONLY 50 pay and display parking spaces allocated for this fixture outside the stadium. Parking in the main sports centre car park is not permitted. Disruption caused to sports centre members trying to find a parking space in the main car park may result in this venue not being available in the future. If you must drive, please see the parking map provided for free street parking locations. There are also 2 large car parks in Uxbridge town centre, just 15 mins walk away.

Direction

As above

Additional Notes

Course details

Description

A PROPER XC COURSE. Parkland setting, undulating course, with one steep climb per lap, on grass and woodland paths. Very muddy areas likely. Option of small river crossing for adults only if conditions on the day allow. There will be a longer route around the river for those that are unable/unwilling to cross the river.

U11 course

1 small undulating lap which includes the ski slope and wooded trail

U13 course

1 medium undulating lap which includes the ski slope and wooded trail

U15/U17 course

1 large undulating lap which includes the ski slope and wooded trail

Senior course

2 large undulating laps which include the ski slope and wooded trail plus option of the river crossing.

Additional Notes

Liable to be very muddy in places. If crossing the river please use caution and respect other competitors.

Timetable

The timetable is approximate and subject to change without notice where necessary. Please plan to arrive early and listen for any announcements.

Please note

For the 2022 season, the timings have changed, and all races now start earlier. In addition, it should no longer be necessary for a start to be delayed to allow for finishers in the previous race.

Start Time

Race

Distance (approximate)

12:00

Under 11 Boys

[2km]

12:05

Under 11 Girls

[2km]

12:15

Under 13 Boys

[3km]

12:30

Under 13 Girls

[3km]

12:45

Under 17 Men/Under 15 Boys

[4km]

13:00

Under 17 Women/Under 15 Girls

[4km]

13:15

Senior Women/Veteran Women

[8km]

14:00

Senior Men/Veteran Men

[8km]

Additional Notes

Contact Details

Host club

Hillingdon AC

Contact Name

Martin Bateman

Contact details

07758765870 martin.bateman@btinternet.com

Welfare Officer

This is also available as the registration tent.

Wormwood Scrubs (2022 season) – Race report by Alastair Aitken

Second Met League race of the 2022 season
12th November 2022

ALEX LEPRETRE Led from the start to win the second league race of the season in, surprisingly warm sunshine, on a dry grassland course Alastair Aitken reports. Lepretre, a solicitor in criminal investigation, considered his best run was his club half marathon record of 63.28 in the Copenhagen half-marathon when he was chosen to represent England on the 18th of September. At Wormwood Scrubs behind Lepretre, there was an intense race between Luca Minale and Robel Bahelbi but Minale went over a goal post hole and, lost his rhythm on the last lap and, Seyfu Jamaal who, the previous Saturday won the North of Thames/Liddiard race, shot past them both to come in second with Bahelbi third but the latter, content to be part of the winning Highgate team who had 12 in 62, to stay ahead in the league. In 8th place was the first Under 20 runner Abdi Hamud and, the oldest in the race was Roger Green, an M75 in 450 out of 458 finishers.

Rebecca Bunting, a speech therapist, coached by Jacob Howe, helped London Heathside, go further ahead in the women’s league. She has had an impressive season with 5th in the European Championship 50k race and a 2:41 Marathon in Manchester. In the race at halfway, there was a group together and Verity Hopkins came out of that to get second place behind Bunting. In 5th place in the race at the Scrubs was the first W40 Sofia Latham. The oldest was Angela Duncan, a W80, who brought the field home in 199th It was interesting to see Lisa Da Silva come in 14th as, she is the mother of the 9-year-old, Luca Da Silva, who won the Under 11’s and his Father is Manuel Da Silva Head of Competition at TVH.

Remarkable James Branch, who won the U13’boys at Claybury won again, in only his second cross-country race. Alya Johnson, who won the U13 girls’ race, leading all the way, is at Ealing Fields High School and Captain of the netball team. Digby Turk. Who was 17 on November the 7th, has run 4.15 for 1500 and is currently the Middlesex Champion at that event. Kiera Shaw is still an U15 girl but was first home in the combined U17/15 Race.

Regards Alastair Aitken

Claybury (2022 season) – Race report by Alastair Aitken

The 1st Met League of the 2022 season
15th of October 2022

WILLIAM BROOM (21) led Highgate Harriers to individual and team victory (12 in 42). Earlier this year Broom had been at Loughborough and coached by Sonia & Chris McGeorge but recently has been studying at Kings College in London.

The races at Claybury were in mild conditions except, for a few short showers on the undulating course. In the Men’s race early on the leaders together were Robel Bahelbi, Seyfu Jamaal, and Broom; Pete Chambers and Charlie Stockings were behind that. Going into the last lap and, down the hill Broom, who has run a 3:45.7 for 1500, was going was starting to go clear with Bahelbi running in a good second position, 30m ahead of Jamaal but later in the final lap Jamaal, caught him and relegated Bahelbi to third. Ethan Primett was the first Under 20 in sixth place, following his many wins in the younger age group Met League races. The oldest in the field was an M75 Roger Green, 345 of the 359 finishers in 34:36.

The Women’s race created a great battle. The Metropolitan League Champion of last season Beth Hawling and Liz Janes, the previous year’s overall Met League winner, who back in 2006 won the National cross country. After two of the 3 laps they were running side by side, till Hawling, who was 9th in the National and 3rd in the Southern, put the pressure on but Janes was only eight seconds adrift at the finish. Kelly Clarke was the first W40 in 8th place (32:06). The oldest was a W80 Angela Duncan who brought in the field of 153, over the tough course in 60.51. The League team race is wide open as Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets lead from London Heathside, who may be stronger next time and Serpentine RC.

The Under 17-15 men’s race was won by sixteen-year-old George Ward, who went into the lead on the second lap. He has run a 1: 55.68 for 800 and made the English Schools Final. An unusual talent, fairly fresh to the sport, was `12 year old. James Branch, who won the Under 13’s race. He went into the lead on the 2nd lap. He is a keen footballer having had trials with Arsenal & Tottenham and plays for Cheshunt Football club and is at Heathmore School.

Another unusual fact was that the Under 17&15 women’s race combined was won by a 14-year-old girl, Lyra Macdonald who went into the lead on the final lap with Abigail Reid the runner-up. The latter is coached by John Stowe who said “Abigail has many other things she has to do at Forest School that take much of her time up but she will improve. He also pointed out “Woodford Green & Essex Ladies will win the Howard Williams Junior Cup again I am sure”.

Best Regards Alastair

Race 2 2022 – Wormwood Scrubs – 12/11/2022

Metropolitan League 2022 Season

Fixture

2

Date

12/11/2022

Venue

Wormwood Scrubs Park, London W12 OAE

Venue

Course Location

Start

Wormwood Scrubs Park, adjacent to Linford Christie Stadium W12 0DF

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Race HQ

Address

Thames Valley Harriers Clubhouse, Linford Christie Stadium, off Artillery Way, London  W12 0DF

Changing Facilities

Changing

Limited changing in Stadium. No lockers are available.

Showers

None.

Toilets

Toilets located in stadium changing rooms and TVH clubhouse.

Refreshments

Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available from Race HQ.

Travel

Where possible, competitors are strongly advised to use public transport, walk or cycle. Parking charges of £2.20 per hour now apply in the Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust car park next to the course. There is limited parking available in the Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust car park next to the course (payment by card or parking app) and limited parking in surrounding residential streets near Wormwood Scrubs park, if using these please park with consideration for others. Please note that the venue is in the Ultra Low Emission Zone.  

The league and/or host club do not warrant the accuracy of the information provided so take no responsibility for any fines or charges that may be levied.

Public Transport

Details

East Acton on the Central Line is the closest station, a few minutes' walk from the stadium, turn right out of the station and follow the road up to Wormwood Scrubs. Buses stop on DuCane Rd, please see details for buses stopping at Hammersmith Hospital on the Transport for London website, Artillery Lane between the hospitals and prison takes you to Wormwood Scrubs.

Parking

Details

Parking at the venue is far more limited than in previous years when we had the additional use of hospitals staff car park for events at weekends. This is no longer possible with the introduction of weekend parking charges of £2.20 per hour in the Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust car park next to the course. Parking is free at weekends in surrounding residential streets near Wormwood Scrubs park but very limited and primarily for the use of local residents.

Course details

Description

U11 course

1 lap approx 1.75km around football pitches and the perimeter of the park to the finish.

U13 course

1 lap approx 3km to the far corner of the park by Braybrook St, alongside Old Oak HS2 development, around football pitches and the perimeter of the park to the finish.

U15/U17 course

1 lap approx 3.8km around the perimeter of the park, cutting in around copse running back around football pitches and perimeter of the park to the finish.

Senior course

2 laps of the U15/U17 course approx 7.6km

Additional Notes

Club tents will be positioned along the start of the course on the side nearest Linford Christie Stadium.

Timetable

The timetable is approximate and subject to change without notice where necessary. Please plan to arrive early and listen for any announcements.

Please note

For the 2022 season, the timings have changed, and all races now start earlier. In addition, it should no longer be necessary for a start to be delayed to allow for finishers in the previous race.

Start Time

Race

Distance (approximate)

12:00

Under 11 Boys

1.75km

12:05

Under 11 Girls

1.75km

12:15

Under 13 Boys

3km

12:30

Under 13 Girls

3km

12:45

Under 17 Men/Under 15 Boys

3.8km

13:00

Under 17 Women/Under 15 Girls

3.8km

13:15

Senior Women/Veteran Women

7.6km

14:00

Senior Men/Veteran Men

7.6km

Contact Details

Host club

Thames Valley Harriers

Contact Name

John Husbands

Contact details

07951 927724

Welfare Officer

Samantha Brewer

This is also available at the registration tent.