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Stuart Blunt 1998 at the ditch picture courtesy of Stuart Kinnon

Maryon Wilson Park was situated on a hill side park overlooking the Charlton Athletic Football Ground. At the top of the park there was grassland and bit of tarmac, but what made it infamous was a descent that ended with a ditch/stream that either you jumped like Brian Curtis, crashed at or you simply had to stop at.

When it rained this ditch would swell with water. I enjoyed the venue but logistics were a bit of a problem nonetheless we held many rounds of the London League there and a National Trophy.

Stuart Kinnon: “I rode my first cross race at Maryon Wilson Park, the V.C. Elan open in 1993. Steve Douce won lapping me 3 times. I rode half the race with my saddle rattling around on a broken seat-post: It’s not an excuse. . .I was crap but I was hooked!”

Adrian Lyons reflects on Brian Curtis’ ability to bunny hop almost anything:  “I remember seeing you do that and thinking ‘I’ll end up on my backside’ so decided against it”

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Local housing ringed the park picture courtesy of Stuart Kinnon 1998

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Brian Curtis ‘flies’ the ditch in 1998 picture courtesy of Stuart Kinnon