The last weekend of British Summer Time saw Eton Manor host the 2023 North London cross country championships at Hackney Marshes. A huge amount of time and effort went into preparing for this behind the scenes, from obtaining the necessary licenses, to designing a fantastic course, and ensuring the health & safety requirements were met. Everything appeared to go like clockwork on the day, except for the weather, as the rain came in just before the start of the ladies race.
Katy Casterton of Serpentine was first lady home, and her colleagues help seal the team win. In the mens race Adam Milberry showed just how much he liked the course with a dominant win, which helped VPH & TC AC win the team prize. Eton Manor ladies finished 5th, and the men finished 4th.
Time was taken to pay tribute to long-time Manorite Louise Ward, who very sadly passed away recently. Race Captain Paul Boddey made a short but heartfelt speech before each of the races. Our thoughts are with Louise’s family.
The post-run bake sale was a great success, raising £160 which will be donated to Breast Cancer Now, the charity chosen in memory of Louise. Eton Manor matched the amount raised and so made a total donation of £320. Thank you to the bakers and to everyone who purchased a cake.
A massive thank you to Race Secretary Hayley Dalton, who worked so hard to prepare for and organise the race, and her team of volunteers who made it happen on the day.
Thanks also to Lance Tabraham for the lovely photo.