Cool and cloudy conditions met the runners who lined up for the London Cross-Country Championships, but unusually for the Hampstead Heath the course conditions were firm all the way round.
This famous cross-country course is always a test for any runner, but it was Dean Lacy who overcame it best for the Club. Dean finished in an excellent fourth place to continue his comeback to form, just over a minute from the winner Peter Huck. David Reader was the second Cambridge Harrier coming home in 95th. The chosen course route, shorter than the National or Southern route, was a little compromised as the back section doubled back in a few sections. However, the hills and the long downhill finish proved their usual test.
New club member Tarbo Fukazawa continued his impressive induction to the English cross country season by coming home in 145th and Christian Poulton made up the four to score team finishing 226th position. Overall the Cambridge team finished in 18th team place.
As modern tradition dictatesâ€™, post race drinks followed at the local hostelry. However, they were plunged into almost chaos when The Stag was far too busy with lazy locals. Undeterred, club members quickly arranged an impromptu pub crawl and thus allowing an exploration of the north London geography.
Full results – London XC Champs 2016