The first Metropolitan Cross Country League match is on Saturday 19 October

The venue is Claybury, Woodford Green. Please click above for race information

The first Metropolitan Cross Country League match is on Saturday 19 October.

Course location

Claybury. Roding Lane North, IG8 8NQ

HQ to course walk time: 15 minutes.

Race HQ

Ashton Playing Fields, IG8 8AA – more information here 

Changing facilities and showers: At Ashton Playing Fields, in the building to the right of the track. There are no toilets at the course.

Course description

Goes narrow soon after the start. Winds through rough fields, then woods including a steep uphill and steep downhill, before returning around a field to the start. Will take a spike or stud.


Underground: Woodford Station (Central Line). If coming from the Central London direction, cross under the subway to join Snakes Lane East. After 1km, at t-junction turn left into Chigwell Road. Under the Motorway Bridge and the Ashton Playing Fields clubhouse is on your left. Please check for planned engineering works.

Bus: 275 from Walthamstow to Woodford. W14 from Leyton and Leytonstone to Woodford Bridge.

From the clubhouse to the course: cross Chigwell Road at traffic lights and head up Gaynes Hill Road. Then right at t-junction into Roding Lane North. Entrance to the course is on your left.

Car: Take the A406 and exit onto the slip road A1400 and then at the Charlie Brown roundabout take the first exit, A113, Chigwell Road. Then proceed past junction of Broadmead Road and Snakes Lane East and under M11. Then take first left into Ashton Playing Fields. There is parking at Ashton Playing Fields. Please do not park on the roads surrounding the course.


1.15pm - Under 13 Boys – 3000m

1.17pm – Under 13 Girls – 3000m

1.35pm –U15 Boys/17 men – 4000m

1.37pm – U15 girls/U17 women – 4000m

1.55pm – Adult women/U20 women – 6000m

2.35pm – Adult men/U20 men – 8000m

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 I-Pods are not allowed on safety grounds when competing.

Refreshments will be available in the clubhouse after the races. Post race pub will be the Crown and Crooked Billet, Woodford Green.

Note: there are no toilets at the course.

See the league website for more information.

For this first race of the season, we need a couple of Serpie helpers to assist with registering the runners and handing out numbers before the start and helping to record the finishers. If you're coming to support, can you help too? After handing out numbers, there will be plenty of time to cheer the runners on before the first finishers come in and you're needed to help at the finish. If you'll be able to help, please contact one of the team captains to let them know.


Women's team captain:
Victoria Crawford
07828 902 579

Men's team captain:
Fraser Johnson
07595 331 720

Submitted: 8 October 2013