2021 Season Update

2021 Season Update

Please find listed below the dates for the forthcoming season, 2021-2022, assuming we will be able to return to cross country running and are able to meet UKA Guidelines.

Fixtures 2021/22

Saturday 16th October 2021 – Claybury (Hosted by WGEL)

Saturday 13th November 2021 – WGC (Hosted by Herts Phoenix)

Saturday 4th December 2021 – Uxbridge (Hosted by Hillingdon)

Saturday 15th January 2022 – Wormwood Scrubs (Hosted by TVH)

Saturday 19th February 2022 – Trent Park (Hosted by Barnet & District)

These are subject to change as dependant on guidelines, rule changes and approval by councils and other bodies.

Results History – By Jerry Odlin

A brief race result history – Jerry Odlin

The top 5 team wins for the Men for the period 1966 to 2020 were, 1st Woodford Green (38 wins), 2nd SBH (32 wins), 3rd Verlea (28 wins), 4th Ealing, Southall & Middlesex (15 wins) and Thames Valley Harriers (15 wins).

The top 5 team wins for the Women for the period 1994 to 2020 were, 1st Highgate Harriers (15 wins), 2nd London Heathside and Woodford Green (11 wins), 4th SBH (9 wins), 5th Hillingdon (6 wins).

The top 5 team wins for the combined total for the Men and Women were, 1st Woodford Green (49 wins), 2nd SBH (41 wins), 3rd Verlea (30 wins), 4th Highgate Harriers (27 wins), 5th London Heathside (24 wins).

Senior and Under 20 Women From 1994 to 2020 Season (26 Seasons)

The Top 3 team wins – 1st Highgate Harriers (11 wins), 2nd London Heathside (4 wins), 3rd Hillingdon (3 wins)

Consecutive wins – 7 Highgate Harriers (02/03, 03/04, 04/05, 05/06, 06/07, 07/08, 08/09), 3 London Heathside (17/18, 18/19, 19/20)

Veteran Men From 1979 to 2020 Season (41 Seasons)

The Top 3 team wins – 1st Verlea (16 wins), 2nd London Heathside (11 wins), 3rd Woodford Green (8 wins)

Consecutive wins – 8 Verlea (84/85, 85/86, 86/87, 87/88, 88/89, 89/90, 90/91, 91/92), 8 London Heathside (07/08, 08/09, 09/10, 10/11, 11/12, 12/13, 13/14, 14/15)

Veteran Women From 2001 to 2020 Season (19 Seasons)

The Top 3 team wins – 1st London Heathside (7 wins), 2nd Highgate Harriers (4 wins), 3rd Serpentine (3 wins)

Consecutive wins – 4 Highgate Harriers (07/08, 08/09, 09/10, 10/11)

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 as we cannot provide a COVID secure environment.
The link is here should you wish to look at Guidance rules.
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

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 December London H – Alexandra Palace CANCELLED
Saturday 16th January 2021 – Hillingdon – Uxbridge TO BE CONFIRMED
Saturday 13th February Barnet & District – Trent Park –TO BE CONFIRMED
If the January and February events go-ahead these will be non-scoring.

AGM Report – 19th April 2020


Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the AGM was cancelled.

Many thanks to everyone who helped out last season and to the five clubs who hosted. Last year we made a small change to the declaration system with only giving you one set of numbers for the season. This new change vastly improved the results system, stopped numbers being duplicated and I hope made the team manager’s job a lot easier. By the end of the season, we had stopped manually recording numbers.

For the season ahead I would encourage team managers to pre-allocate race numbers before the first fixture. Race packs will be ready early September so if any club wishes to collect their race packs pre-season and distribute their numbers ahead of the first fixture you can collect your packs from me.

For next season you will need to print your own declaration sheets.


Treasure Report. Please see the accounts attached.

Affiliation Fees. As Major outlined in his report there is a small increase this year. Subs for 2020-21 are set in the attached file.

Election of Officers. No change from last season.

Fixture Dates.

We are still waiting for UKA to produce the 2021 fixtures. They had a planned teleconference the other days so we hope to confirm next year’s fixtures ASAP.

2020 are confirmed so for this season 2021 are the provisional dates.

  Saturday 10th October WGEL – Claybury

  Saturday 7th November Herts P – Stanborough Lakes WGC

               Saturday 5th December London H – Alexandra Palace

  Saturday 16th January 2021 – Hillingdon – Uxbridge

               Saturday 13th February Barnet & District – Trent Park -End of Season Presentation

Race Start times and distances – no change from last season

12.25 Up to 2K Under 11 Boys

12.30 Up to 2K Under 11 Girls

12.40 3Km Under 13 Boys

12.45 3Km Under 13 Girls

Not before 13.00 4Km Under 17 Men/Under 15 Boys

Not before 13.05 4Km Under 17 Women/Under 15 Girls

Not before 13.30 8Km Women/Veteran Women

Not before 14.35 8Km Men/Veteran Men

New Clubs Joining.

Two clubs have asked to join

Cookham AC has asked to rejoin, Mainly juniors with a few seniors. Eton Manor AC has asked to join. They estimate 15 seniors running no juniors and would be able to help in hosting a race.

I have no objection to either club joining. (Please vote Yes or No Vote needs to be in by 25th April 1 vote per club)

Club Stats (see attached file)

This looks at unique individuals running and not total runs (although they’d be very similar results)

Attendance was about 7% lower this year. There was a small drop in every category, suggestion that the reasons were event wide, probably rain or clashes with other events (as also indicated by big drop in Cambridge and Guests entries).

The biggest drop was in the senior women’s, where the deviation was about 8% more than across all the other categories, perhaps due to the increased distance, but it is all very marginal.

Proposals Nothing received.

End of Meeting

Jan Bowman Met League Administrator.

Trent Park Race Report – By Alastair Aitken

By Alastair Aitken

DYLAN EVANS won his third successive Metropolitan League race of the season, at Trent Park Alastair Aitken reports. Over a course with a few sticky patches but, in bright sunshine, Roger Poolman, went ahead after the initial start, followed by Dylan Evans and Liam Dee, running together. Coming up to halfway Alex Lepretre, second in the Southern, who had been biding his time in the group behind, went straight ahead and pushed on, opening up a 70 meter lead over Evans, who gradually cut down Lepretre’s advantage and, in fact, worked hard in the last mile to win.

The first Under 20 runner Sefu Jamal finished well to take third place with Dee, Poolman and Thomas Butler not far behind.

Highgate Harriers had their record 8th consecutive year of victories in the league, with their 12 to score at Trent Park, all within the first 51 of 426 finishers and, their ‘B’ team topped Division 2 and will join the A team in Division One next season. Highgate also won the senior Howard Williams Trophy for men and women combined, on countback, as the 44 points score was totalled as 44 to Highgate, London Heathside and Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets.

Liz James who was third in the Southern and was, a few years back in 2006, the National Cross Country Champion, won all her 4 senior league races with consummate, what appeared to be with ease, which was good considering she has to look after three children and can only manage one hour a day of training six days a week. One must not forget an equally convincing run was by 2nd placer Nina Griffith who ran a 2:42 marathon in Malaga. She explained “I ran as a kid but gave up from 22 to 30 (Now 34) then had three years off with injuries” Khahisa Mhlanga who was a clear third as a first Under 20 said, “I’ll keep doing cross-country because I love it.” One who impressed me was the first W60 Fiona Kennedy, who came 61st of 218 finishers.

The Junior Howard Williams Trophy went to Woodford Green & Essex Ladies, narrowly ahead of Shaftesbury. Woodford Green’s Abigail Reid won all her Under 13 races in the league. She goes to Forest School and won the Essex Schools cross country on Wednesday. Regarding Shaftesbury Barnet victories, they won the Under 11 boys race with Arthur Phillips, who is at Moss Hill Junior school and, won his age group in the Middlesex clubs and coached by Ty Holden. He is 10 years old and, looks forward to running the 800/1500 in the Summer. Posie Shaw won the Under 11 girls race in every Met League meeting this season. Under 17 Joanne Miranda, won her last 4 Met Leagues, which included this one and was part of the club relay team that was 2nd in the National cross country relays at Mansfield, and Giano Stubbs was another to win for Shaftesbury as an Under 13 winner of all his Met leagues, so I put to established and top official of Shaftesbury Barnet Bryan Smith, that he must be very pleased with the results of the Shaftesbury youngster with a good future his reply was ‘Yes but they tend to all go off to University and we lose them”

Regards Alastair