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2020 Season Update – Session Cancelled

2020/2021 Season Cancelled With regret, we have now decided to cancel the whole of the 2020/21 season. This has been a very tough decision but after receiving the latest guidelines and joining an EA zoom meeting last night the league cannot comply with the regulations...

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2020 Season Update

2020 Season Update Very tough decision but we have cancelled the first 3 Start Fitness Met League Fixtures. Met League Fixtures 2020/21 Saturday 10th October WGEL – Claybury CANCELLED Saturday 7th November Herts P – Stanborough Lakes WGC CANCELLED Saturday 5th...

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Metropolitan Cross Country League 

Currently, the league is made up of 23 athletic and running clubs from Berkshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

There are 5 Metropolitan League cross country fixtures held in various locations between October and February. Male & female athletes from aged 9 upwards compete at each fixture and there are 6 races which are categorised as, under 11 boys, under 11 girls, under 13 boys, under 13 girls, combined under 15 boys and under 17 men, combined under 15 girls and under 17 women, combined senior women and veteran women then finally, senior men and veteran men. The senior and veterans races also include divisions one, two and three.

Everyone that completes their respective race, no matter what position they finish, scores for their club. These points are calculated after each fixture. After the final fixture the league results are totalled up and the winners are crowned.

2020 – 2021 Season Update

With regret, we have now decided to cancel the whole of the 2020/21 season.

This has been a very tough decision but after receiving the latest guidelines and joining an EA zoom meeting last night the league cannot comply with the regulations as we cannot provide a COVID secure environment.

The link is here should you wish to look at Guidance rules.
http://bit.ly/EAXC18Sep

Along with this we have now also lost Ally Pally as a XC fixture.

I am afraid that I have decided not to permit any cross country running events in the Park. Partly because of the negative impact that the races had on the grass areas last year, and secondly due to the challenges placed on us by staff reductions during the pandemic.
The Park is a historic, designed landscape and its general visitor numbers are increasing every year. The impact of the churned grass areas and mud on the paths has become too great, and affects other people’s enjoyment.

We will have to wait and see what develops in 2021

Stay safe everyone Met League Admin

Established in 1966

The Metropolitan Cross Country League was formed on 23 March 1966 at a meeting of interested clubs at the Primrose Public House in Bishopsgate, London. The eight clubs attending were Ealing Harriers (now Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC), Essex Beagles (now Newham & Essex Beagles AC), Hampstead Harriers (now Barnet & District AC), Highgate Harriers, Ilford AC, Polytechnic Harriers (now Kingston & Polytechnic AC), Thames Valley Harriers and Woodford Green AC (now Woodford Green with Essex Ladies AC). Hillingdon AC were asked to join the League for the first season.