The First Cross Country Relay Race in Britain

In the winter of 1907 Hampstead Harriers moved their winter headquarters from the Green Man at Finchley to the Swan & Pyramids at North Finchley.



On Boxing Day 1907 they ran a cross country relay from there, the first cross country relay race in Britain. Five teams of three men ran around two miles each, starting and finishing at the pub. After one lap J. Hill was leading in 13:08, with F. Petch 13 seconds behind. At the end of the second lap the lead was held by E. Mayne in 26:37 (13:11), with a. E. Rose second in 26:51 (13:43), and at the finish G. Bambrook crossed the line first in 40:20 (13:43) with the fastest leg being 12:11 by Club Hon.


Sec. C. S. Silsby. Source: sporting life, fri 27 dec 1907 p. 8.