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by Val Baxter

February 17, 2015

National XC Champs – General Info

Coach Details

Please note the coach will leave the main road opposite Birtley Leisure Centre, Durham Road, DH3 2TB on Friday at 1.30 pm to arrive at the Quality Hotel, Wembley by 8.00pm.

On Saturday 21st the coach will take us all to Parliament Hill early (time TBC) and return anyone who wishes, back to the hotel after the men’s 12k race at 3.00pm.

On Sunday the coach will take us to Covent Garden area leaving the hotel between 9-9.30 am (time TBC). The coach will leave London at 1.30 pm to arrive back to Birtley by 8.00 pm


This will take place in the Lido, see site map below.

Presentations will be presented to winning Individuals and teams at 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm in the main marquee opposite the cafe.

Programmes will be on sale at the event for the price of ₤3 and will include course maps. Timetable is shown at the bottom of this post


Competitors Numbers & Chips are to be collected by appointed Team Managers from the Registration Marquee. In accordance with recent practise the Numbers & Chips for the first 5 races will be available from 9.00am and the other 5 from 11.00am.

Chip Timing:

Chip Timing will again be used . Failure to return your chip will be subject to a £7.00 penalty charge per chip – please make sure you return yours!


Travel to the ENGLISH CROSS COUNTRY Championships at Parliament Hill, 21st February 2015 Post Code NW5 1QR – Note this is for Highgate Rd nr to the course not the Car Parks.

Parking at Parliament Hill Fields – Hampstead Heath, North London is limited so please allow plenty of time. There are two car parks, available for the general public, one is at the bottom of East Heath Rd (approx. NW3 1BP) and the other is at Jack Straws Castle (NW3 7ES) at the top of the East Heath Rd. They both hold a maximum of 200 cars. Side roads around Parliament Hill Fields are busy and in general residents parking only, so to help you we list various routes and ways to get you to the venue.

Coaches & Minibuses

These will be allowed to park this year on the Heath near to the bottom of East Heath Road. Clubs travelling by Coach or Minibus will be guaranteed a parking spot at the East Heath Parking Area by completing and forwarding the separate sheet along with a fee of £25 for a Coach.

Cars from the Midlands and North

Drivers are advised that they should park away from Parliament Hill and take public transport to the venue. The route below suggests parking near to Brent Cross, London Transport Station, either on the side roads at the Station or in the nearby Shopping Centre.


If coming to London via the M1. Turn on to the A406, North Circular Rd going east at the end of the M1. Follow this a short way and then bear left and follow signs A41 (Central London). At the roundabout under the flyover proceed to A41, just before joining the A41 take the second turning left into Highfield Rd. Brent Cross Station on the Northern Line is on the left and street parking is allowed in the area. Take the train to Belsize Park and Parliament Hill is about 1 mile walk away.

Cars from South and West

Again drivers are advised to park away from Parliament Hill and perhaps take the London Overground Service to Gospel Oak which is less than 400m from the venue. This is also the Route to the Olympic Stadium. Directions: On arriving on the outskirts of London get onto the M3 and continue until it merges with the A316 and proceed past Twickenham Rugby ground on the left. Continue until Old Deer Park is reached and opposite the Park there is a pay and display car park where vehicles can be left all day. The Richmond Station is about 400m away and trains go to Gospel Oak every 20mins. The journey from Richmond to Gospel Oak takes about 30mins.

Cars from the South East and East

Clubs from these areas have been attending the Southern Championships at Parliament Hill for many years and know the parking situation. The advice is to park away and use public transport. Kentish Town Station is only a 15 minute walk from the venue, while Gospel Oak can be reached from North Woolwich and many other Stations on the route.

Public Transport into London

If you are travelling to Kings Cross or Euston you can get to Parliament Hill via Bus or Underground Train. The 214 Bus route goes from Kings Cross Stn to Highgate Rd, near Parliament Hill every 10mins, this journey takes about 30mins. Other bus routes stopping at Highgate Rd include the C2, Liverpool St to Parliament Hill and the C11 which comes from Brent Cross where there a large Shopping Centre and Car Parking.

Underground Stations within walking distance of Parliament Hill are Tuffnel Park less than a mile away and Belsize Park about 1 mile walking distance. These are both on the Northern Line and can be got to from any of the main railway stations in London.

parliament hill map


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