2020 Southern Cross Country Championships
Saturday 25th January at Parliament Hill, London

Hello All

This weekend it’s the Southern Cross Country Champs at Parliament Hill, If to you need to be reminded if you entered, please check by clicking here.

If you are now unable to compete please email me as soon as possible: middledistanceadmin@stalbansac.co.uk

For those not familiar with Parliament Hill – the name is on the tin – it’s steep hills and often very muddy and slippery. Generally, we would suggest long 12/15 spikes, and duct tape. Bring spare footwear, full set of clothes, bin bags, and wet wipes – especially if you are getting the train home!

All U20 & younger members must run in the current design St Albans AC vest and all senior runners must be in the current St Albans Striders vest. Please make sure all your age group team are wearing identical vests before the start of the race and, if needed, borrow one from someone who has finished running.

It’s an iconic course – so please do bring your cameras and share any suitable photos.

Timetable

Please be at the tent a minimum of 1 hour before your race time to collect your number and familiarise yourself with the course. It can take a good 15 minutes to walk to the race area / tent and the toilets tend to have long queues so please allow sufficient time.

Please note that the medical details on the back of athlete numbers must be filled in.

Could supporters please help with erecting, dismantling the tent and returning it to the car and registration please.

* If you had your 20th birthday between 1/9/19 – 31/12/19 you are in the U20’s Race!

  • U15 Boys – 11.00 am (4500m)
  • U13 Girls – 11.20 am (3000m)
  • U13 Boys – 11.35 am (3000m)
  • U15 Girls – 11.50 am (4000m)
  • U17 Men – 12.10 pm (6000m)
  • U20 Women* – 12.40 pm (6000m)
  • U17 Women – 1.05 pm (5000m)
  • U20 Men* – 1.30 pm (8000m)
  • Senior Women – 2.05 pm (8000m)
  • Senior Men – 2.50 pm (15000m)

Directions

Public Transport – recommended
From St Albans it’s probably easiest to get off Thameslink at West Hampstead and transfer to Overground Service to Gospel Oak – walk 2 mins. Gospel Oak is less than 400m from the venue.

If you are travelling to Kings Cross or Euston you can get to Parliament Hill via Bus or Underground Train. The 214 Bus route goes from Kings Cross Station to Highgate Rd, near Parliament Hill every 10 mins, this journey takes about 30 mins. Other bus routes stopping at Highgate Rd include the C2, Liverpool St to Parliament Hill and the C11 which comes from Brent Cross where there a large Shopping Centre and Car Parking.

Underground Stations within walking distance of Parliament Hill are Tufnell Park less than a mile away and Belsize Park about 1-mile walking distance. These are both on the Northern Line and can be got to from any of the main railway stations in London. Kentish Town Station is only a 15-minute walk from the venue & Hampstead Station is 20 mins walk.

Driving – not recommended
Parking at Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath, North London is limited so please allow plenty of time. There are two car parks, available for the general public, one is at the bottom of East Heath Rd (approx. NW3 1BP) and the other is at Jack Straws Castle (NW3 7ES) at the top of the East Heath Rd. They both hold a maximum of 200 cars. Side roads around Parliament Hill Fields are busy and in general residents parking only so you are asked to use public transport wherever possible.

Happy Running

Fiona

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