No less than 22 young athletes were in action, representing either Redbridge (20) or Waltham Forest (2), in this annual event with no less than 32 London boroughs competing. Parliament Hill Fields is known to be the home of cross country running and recent rain had left many parts of the course very muddy indeed.
The first race out was the Under 15 girls with 230 starting out on their 2000 metre run through the mud, taking in two very long uphill stretches. Miya Maeda, representing Redbridge, ran her finest race to date to place 9th, first home for Redbridge and just 18 seconds off first place. Miya is showing great dedication as she trains just three days a week with coaches John Stow and Richard Thurston. Another fine run came from Mary Hardy, who was 57th and fourth home for Redbridge. Mary, too, is benefiting from getting to Trent Park weekly.