Date posted 23 Nov 2021

On Saturday 20th of November, Islington’s London Youth Games (LYG) season got off and running with the traditional Parliament Hill Cross Country. There are two events, one for each gender and on this occasion the boys faired better in 16th whilst the girls placed 22nd out of the 33 boroughs. All results are available online.  

The Cross Country teams were selected from the local clubs, the Islington Schools Running League, Park Run and schools out of the borough with Islington residents on data proven recommendations.     


  • Kiara Corkin 9th place in Under 13 girls
  • Male team 16th
  • New under 11 pathway
  • The male under 11s were our best team placing 11th out of the 33 boroughs
  • 28 runners across the U11, U13, U15 and U17 categories

London Heathside was a huge help to our athletes and an option for any runners not affiliated to a club. We had some impressive individual performances, Kiara Corkin’s 9th place in the under 13 girls, Bedo Draskoczy’s 10th place in the under 17 boys and then as a team the under 11 boys.

After discussion with Islington’s School Games Organiser, Michael Peet, this was the first year for the newly created the p for under 11s from the Islington Primary School Cross Country into the LYG squad. It brought us an extra 8 runners, many not yet with an athletics club and led to our best ranked age group finish.    

Overall we had 28 runners with good representation across the 8 races despite a few drop outs in the week building up to the event. It was only the under 17 events that we could not get full teams for. For future races we are looking for more under 17 girls as we had no healthy runners. In the under 17 boys even though they had the handicap of one default last place runner we finished 19th.  

As well as operating Islington Leisure Centres the Better Sport Development team organise the borough’s entries into open events at London Youth Games. After a few disrupted years through Covid 19 we are keen to get back out and compete against the capitals most talented youngsters in over 30 sports. It was a solid start at the Cross Country but this is only the beginning. The LYG Calendar can viewed on this Google Sheet and any questions can be directed to Daniel.Bank@GLL.ORG.

The 2018 campaign was a record breaking one which saw us raise up the table 6 places into 21st, our highest ever finish and we were just 1 point off the ‘Most Improved Borough Award’, this is the standard we are aiming to get back to.

Thank you to everyone involved in the Cross Country.  Attention now turns to the LYG Cricket in late February with morale still high after silver medals for both male and female teams in summer 2021. Our squad is being chosen through the upcoming Islington Secondary Schools Competition at St Mary Magdalene Academy and performances at borough training.