On a chilly day on the 1st of November, 76 Women and 124 Men gathered from a collection of universities to race in the second installment of the LUCA Cross-Country League at Mitcham Common. The weather was dry, with the course hard in places following good weather over the previous week, with it being fairly warm for this time of year. The race started with runners watching out for pot holes, and while serious injury is always unwanted, for the first time first aid cover was provided in the unlikely case of an accident.
Phillipa Bowden proved hard to beat again after her win at Parliament Hill, finishing in a time of 21:01, a full minute ahead of the next finisher. In the men’s, Saint Mary’s took home the top two spots, with Euan Campbell and Daniel Jarvis finishing with times of 28:50 and 29:07 respectively, in what proved to be a dominant day for the Twickenham based university with 5 of the top 6 men. This has catapulted them to top of the men’s team league table, with a total of 1886 points. In the women’s teams, Imperial A extended their lead over UCL A to 18 points, but with it being so close and having 3 races left to run, there could be more drama still to come.
A big thank you to Imperial for hosting the race, and a huge thank you to all volunteers. If you are unable to run and want to help out still then contact us and we’ll see if there’s something you can do. The next race is Wimbledon Common on the 15th November, where King’s College are hosting the University of London championships in what is surely to be a hotly contested race.