Jan 28

Parliment Hill


Parliament Hill, one of the most iconic cross country venues, hosted this years South of England XC Championships.

The course is famed for its tough conditions where the athletes start at the bottom of Parliament Hill and climb the long incline before continuing along the rest of the course.

Thetford AC had several junior members racing, of which this was the first experience of these championships for some of them.

The U13 boys had to tackle a 3km course with Jake Dorbin having a great first experience, finishing in 26th place. Alfie Findlay was the next Thetford athlete home, again experiencing the event for the first time and finishing in 165th place. Callum Wing was next home for Thetford in 242nd place.

Two Thetford athletes contested the 3km U13 girls race with Bethany Wilson finishing in 149th place in her debut at this venue and Alicia Mae Howard in 275th.

There was a podium finish in the U15 boys race over 4.5km with Ben Peck having a fantastic day, finishing in 3rd and taking the bronze medal. James Peck came home in 13th place with the third Thetford athlete, Ewan Peck, coming home in 312th place.

These were fantastic results for all of the athletes over what is renowned as one of the toughest courses in the country.