In delving into the history of The Balham Rough Stuff we’ve got our hands on medals, race reports, race cards, photos and route descriptions but never a route map. Not until now that is.
Here’s a map of the 1949 route and a version overlaid with today’s road markings. You can see the M25, Tatsfield, Limpsfield, Biggin Hill, Westerham, Titsey, Hawley’s Corner and Oxted.
The map is part of the Parkinson family collection. Phil Parkinson finished 6th in the 1949 Rough Stuff and 14th the year later. The photos are of him in those races representing South Western Road Club.
Big thanks to Chris Parkinson for letting us share the photos and story on the BCC blog.