A double helping of cross country next weekend

On Saturday 10th it's the the 4th Metropolitan League race meeting, at Perivale; and on Sunday 11th it's the next Sunday League race at Trent Park. NB: CENTRAL LINE PARTIAL CLOSURE ON SATURDAY.

Metropolitan League - Saturday 10th January

The fourth race of the season is crucial. A good result for the men could put us into top slot in the league ready for a final showdown with our rivals at the last race in February. For the women, it's a chance to close the gap on their rivals and move up the league table. We need a good turnout!


Race Headquarters: Perivale Community Centre, Horsenden Lane South, Greenford, Middlesex
Changing & showers: as above
Course Location: Horsenden Hill
HQ to Course walk time: 5 minutes
Course Description: Undulating, muddy if wet (it will be muddy!). Spikes recommended

Public transport

The Central Line is not running between North Acton and Bethnal Green!

  • Alperton underground station (Piccadilly Line) is a 15 min walk from race HQ
  • Sudbury Hill or Sudbury Town underground stations (Piccadilly Line) are a 20 min walk from the start area
  • South Greenford rail station is a 20 min walk from race HQ
  • Bus 297 stops near Race HQ (at junction of Bilton Road and Horsenden Lane South)

Please check TfL for the most suitable options for you.

Directions from major roads

  • Course is 800m north of A40 Western Avenue
  • Course is 1200m east of A4127 Greenford Road
  • Course is 1000m south of A4090 Whitton Avenue East

Limited parking at Horsenden Farm, Horsenden Lane North, and in local residential roads. Competitors and spectators are advised to travel using public transport


1.00pm1500mUnder 11 Boys and Girls
1.15pm3,000mUnder 13 Boys
1.17pm3,000mUnder 13 Girls
Not before 1.35pm4,000mUnder 17 Men/Under 15 Boys
Not before 1.37pm4,000mUnder 17 Women/Under 15 Girls
Not before 1.55pm6,000mSenior/Veteran/Under 20 Women
Not before 2.35pm8,000mSenior/Veteran/Under 20 Men

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. If you do not yet have your Serpentine top, you can exchange your voucher for one in the Kit Room on a Wednesday evening. If you won't be able to get to the Kit Room before the race, please contact the relevant team captain before Wednesday 7 January and they may be able to bring a vest along for you.

Listening devices such as i-pods are not allowed on safety grounds when competing.

See the league website for more information.

Post race pub is the Ballot Box (it's not the greatest pub in the world but it is big).


Women's team captain:
Jo Beak
07966 915 468
 Men's team captain:
Fraser Johnson
07595 331 720


Sunday League - Sunday 11th January

Race details

Venue: Trent Park, Cockfosters.
Start time: 10:30am
Course: A tough, hilly, 2 lap course over the fields and stony paths of Trent Park. studs / cross country/short spikes advisable, it’s bound to be very muddy in places
Distance: Approximately 5 miles
Changing: None available please, come ready to run. Toilets situated in main Car Park near the Café.
Start and finish: About 5 mins from the car park adjacent to the tarmac road known as The Pineapple. Please aim to be there in plenty of time so that the start is not delayed


Public transport: Trent Park is situated at the end of the Piccadilly Line. Alight at Cockfosters Station. The park entrance is about a 10 minute walk away.
By car: if you are coming from north London, the car park entrance to Trent Park is on the right, approx a third of a mile from Cockfosters Station. Approaching from the M25, take Junction 24 and head towards Southgate on the A111. It is about 2.5 miles from the motorway. Please be aware there is a speed camera a little while after you have descended the steep hill known as Stagg Hill. The Trent Park entrance is clearly marked. The nearest Post Code is (Cockfosters Tube station) is EN4 0DZ Grid Ref TQ280966.
Parking: Please only use the Trent Park car park, off Cockfosters Road near the Underground Station. Parking is limited so please share cars if possible. There will be no parking at or access to Southgate Hockey Club.


If you have any questions about taking part in the Sunday League, please contact any of the following:

Women's team captain:
Jo Beak
07966 915 468
 Men's team captain:
Fraser Johnson
07595 331 720
 Competition and Team Events:
Ian Hodge



Submitted: 3 January 2015