20 Nov

Runners Vote With Feet

Top three women at London Champs

There were over 1500 hardy souls who took part in the London Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday 17 November. Conditions were overcast and wet underfoot making for typically challenging conditions at the iconic venue in the capital.

The senior men's race was won by GB mountain running international Chris Smith. The Thames Valley Harrier streaked away from a strong field to win in 33 minutes and 14 seconds to take gold ahead of Dean Lacy (Cambridge Harriers) in 33:48 and Tomas Stasionis (Eton Manor) in 33:54.

The women's race was won by former Yorkshire champion Andrea Clement in her adopted city. The Serpentine runner was almost a minute clear of her nearest opponent, winning in 21:50. Highgate Harriers Becky Plenty and Katie Meredith completed the podium (pictured).

Preceding the senior races was the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games age group races where a record 1114 young people competed in under 11s, under 13s, under 15s and under 17s races. In his early years, double Olympic champion Mo Farah competed at the London Youth Games cross country.