The final cross country league fixtures take place this weekend with the Eagles in a position to win promotion or silverware in both leagues so it’s vital we get as many runners out over the two days as possible. Even if you don’t score in an Eagles team you still make a vital contribution by pushing other clubs’ runners further down the classification.
Saturday 11th - Met League Cross Country - Alexandra Palace
Venue: Alexandra Park, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY. The start is close to park entrance by junction of Park Road, Muswell Hill and Alexandra Palace Way.
Note: there are no toilets at the course.
Race HQ: The Pavillion, North Middx Cricket Club, Park Road, London N8 8JJ
There are changing facilities and showers at race HQ.
HQ to course walk time: 1.25km, approx 15 mins
Course description: A mainly flat open course but with one long, steep hill (run more than once by the senior men and women) up to the Palace. It normally gets very muddy, especially on the hill, so spikes are essential if you want to make any progress uphill!
12.45pm - Under 11s – 1500m
12.55pm - Under 13 boys – 3000m
1.00pm – Under 13 girls – 3000m
1.20pm – U15 boys/17 men – 4000m
1.25pm – U15 girls/U17 women – 4000m
1.55pm – Senior / U20 women – 6000m
2.35pm – Senior / U20 men – 8000m
The best route from Ealing seems to be the tube to Finsbury Park (Piccadilly line / Central line then Victoria line) followed by the W3 bus to Alexandra Palace)
Paddock car park at the western end of the park is adjacent to the start / finish. Entrance on Alexandra Palace Way. Do not park at the Cricket Club.
If you raced any of the previous Met League races this season, please remember to bring your race number with you to wear. If you have lost your number, or haven't yet raced a Met League fixture this season, you will need to collect your race number. Please make sure you have your EA license with you.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your race and look out for the Eagles flag.
You must run in an Eagles top.
Listening devices such as I-Pods are not allowed on safety grounds when competing.
Post race: After the races, trophies will be awarded in all categories at Race HQ. and a few other clubs are going to The Mossy Well, 258 Muswell Hill Broadway, which also serves food.
Sunday 12th - Sunday League - Royston
Venue: The event will be hosted by Royston Runners and will be held on Therfield Heath, Royston.
Race HQ: The Heath Sports Centre, Baldock Road, Royston, SG8 5BG. The sports centre has good changing and showering facilities.
Please note that there will be portaloos onsite for runners to use. Please use these rather than the toilets in the Heath sports club as they struggle to cope when used by large numbers of people.
Course: Both women and men will run approx 5.5 miles. There will be one small lap and two large laps. The course is mostly across open downland and is very hilly. Watch out for rabbit holes! It is suitable for spikes, studs or trail shoes.
All entries are taken on the day. Also, please wear an Eagles top.
Please note that all muddy footwear must be removed before entering the sports centre, especially spikes.
There will be an end of season presentation in the Heath Sports Bar after the race.
Parking is available at the Heath, but is limited due to other sporting activities taking place. Please arrive early. Car sharing is recommended.
A car sharing google doc is available via https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LU1IJEraZYX-iPnP0L6hiS4_Vfkx3Qs6gq0BqGaps8Q/edit#gid=0