This weekend our EUAC cross country teams were blessed with a gap in torrential rain as they took on the Westward League in Newquay on Sunday.
Despite a few injuries across both the Women's and the Men's teams both are sitting firmly in second place! Nikita Steiner was first home for the girls in 23rd, closely followed by Penny Oliver and Mollie O'hanlon. Later on we saw our boys put in another impressive performance with James Hancock finishing 3rd, Ben Holmes and Ted Chamberlain coming in closely behind in 5th and 7th.
A really great effort from all of our athletes this weekend, from our fresh trying the course for the first time to our elders making quality improvements on their times from last year!
The next Westward League will be on on home soil in Exeter on the 2nd of December so expect to see allot of green, but if you can't wait that long join us for our Navy League next Wednesday in Prince Town, Dartmoor!
Our first South West United Running Series (SWURS - Navy League) kicked off in Plymbridge on the 10th of October with success all round with Ted Chamberlain finishing 1st, Will Dolding in 4th and Ben Hampshire in 10th in the Men’s Race. Nikita Steiner brought it home for the women coming 5th Closely followed by Pheobe Killen in 6th and Natasha Makukka in 11th.
Next up the team travelled to Newnham Park, Plymouth on the 24th. Great weather for some great results, Ted Chamberlain brought it home in first followed by Will Dolding in 5th and Ben Hampshire in 11th. Hannah Mattinson finished strongly in 2nd in the Women’s Race followed by Suzie Reid in 4th and Cecily Day in 6th.
Navy Leagues happen fortnightly on a Wednesday and are a great way to get in some mid week cross country experience throughout the season, plus they take place at some spots around Devon that really are a treat to run in!
The next races will be on the 7th of November at HMS Heron and the 21st of November at Prince Town.
Be sure to try one out if you haven't already!
A FEW WORDS from our cross country captain Omar on our first race of the season in Plymouth!!:
Sunday marked a sunny start to this years westward league. The women’s team performed exceptionally well placing 1st in the team results. Eilish O’Grady finished 1st in the womens race quickly followed by Suzie Reid in 3rd and Emma Martin in 4th. The Men also performed well coming 2nd in the team results. Ted Chamberlain finished in 5th closely followed by Ben Holmes in 6th. Great performance by everyone, things are looking good for the rest of the season!
This weeks cross country race report comes from second year Bertie Kingsley.
The Westward League cross country race this Sunday featured some great racing and a lot of wind. Newquay’s course overlooks the sea and so was open to 38mph gusts and the occasional shower - at which point wearing shorts and an EUAC vest didn’t seem like such a good idea! Short sharp hills made for interesting racing and the EUAC cheering and general spirit was brilliant, as always.
Well done to everybody who ran (and thanks to those who came along to support). Emma Martin ran another great race coming in 11th place, closely followed by Anna Woolf and Ella Saunders. Ben Holmes, Jack Bond and Rob Mann were the fastest EUAC men, coming in at 11th, 12th and 13th respectively, brilliant results. EUAC's A teams are now leading the men’s league and third in the women’s. Full results and individual times can be found at: http://www.city-runs.co.uk/westward/
Also, kudos to Steven Berrisford for his inspiring sprint finish having just ran 8450m further than his normal sprint distance.
Westward League races are ((almost)) always fun and open to anybody in the club so come along to the next race in Exeter on the 3rd December. Having more runners always gives us a better chance of success, by pushing other teams further from the front of the race so hopefully we can gather a huge team to run and to support in Exeter and continue our success in the league.
Any recent success in races? Goals for the year?
Two weeks ago I went back home to Northern Ireland to compete in the Bobby Rea Cross Country Championship and finished 1st. Excited to go back for another race in a few weeks!
My goals for the year would be to get on the Northern Ireland/Ulster cross country team again, get pbs in 10k, 5k and 3000m and to perform well for the university at BUCS.
Any personal targets?
I would love the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games. If I continue to be blessed with the ability God has given me I would like to turn this dream into a real goal in the coming years. As always that's a lot easier said than done! For now I'm just going to take it one session at a time, focus on short term goals and see where I end up.
Favourite EUAC memory so far?
That would have to be my first cross country race for the university in Barnstaple. Despite the miserable weather conditions and the course being over sand I had a great day with the team and travelling with Olivia and Claudia.