Metropolitan League Cross Country - last race 8 Feb, Wormwood Scrubs

The last Metropolitan League Cross Country race of the season is on Saturday 8 February at Wormwood Scrubs - and we need marshals as well as runners

Both the Serpie men's and women's teams are in second place in their divisions and the men's team were joint winners at the last race at Perivale. It would be great to end the season on a high and score as many points as we can at the Scrubs. Don't forget - no matter what your speed, you could push someone from a rival club down the field, so everyone is both welcome and needed!

Help needed as well as runners

This fixture is being arranged jointly by Thames Valley Harriers and Serpentine. So, as well as needing lots of Serpies to run, we need to find a small number of marshals - ideally we need 8-10 marshals. If you're planning to run, we're not asking you to marshal instead, but if you're injured, or not planning to run but would like to support (and come to the pub afterwards), please think about offering to marshal! Marshals will need to arrive by 12.30pm for a briefing at 12.45pm in the clubhouse. As an added incentive, marshals will be given free tea/coffee and biscuits!

We'll also need a few marshals and Serpie runners to help with clearing the course after the race and with a bit of tidyng the clubhouse (before heading to the pub!)

The Serpie team manager would also appreciate one more helper to hand numbers out and help at the finish - needed from approx 1.15pm.

If you can help out as as marshal or with team management, please email and say what you're offering to help with.

Course location / race HQ


Wormwood Scrubs

Race HQ

Thames Valley Harriers clubhouse, Linford Christie Stadium, Artillery Lane, London W12 0DF. The stadium has showers and changing facilities.

Course location

The start / finish area is adjacent to Linford Christie Stadium.

Course description

Flat scrubland and playing fields. Normally wet and muddy at the back of the course. Suitable for spikes. Please note that the senior women's course will be approx 6.8k and the senior men's approx 8.6k.


  • U13 boys - 1.15pm - 3km
  • U13 girls - 1.20pm - 3km
  • U15 boys / U17 men - not before 1.35pm - 4km
  • U15 girls / U17 women - not before 1.40pm - 4km
  • U20 / Senior women - not before 1.55pm - NOTE approx 6.8km
  • U20 / Senior men - not before 2.35pm - NOTE approx 8.6km


Public transport

East Acton underground station on the Central Line is 10 mins walk; turn left out of station, walk up to the Scrubs, turn right.

Please check TFL for the most suitable options for you.

Car parking

Car parking adjacent to Linford Christie Stadium is free at the weekends, entrance from Du Cane Road (satnav postcode W12 OAE) between Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte's hospitals and Wormwood Scrubs prison. Please note that there is a 6' 6" height barrier at entrance to car park.

Other information

All entries taken on the day. You do not need to enter in advance. You will need to collect your race number from the Serpentine Team Manager.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your race. You must run in a Serpentine top.

Listening devices such as iPods are not allowed on safety grounds when competing.

See the league website for more information.

Post race pub is the Pavilion, Pavilion Parade, Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush, London W12 0HQ which serves food all day.


Women's team captain:

Victoria Crawford
07828 902 579

Men's team captain:

Fraser Johnson
07595 331 720

Submitted: 24 January 2014