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.
This weeks race report comes from fresher Will Dolding
12 EUAC athletes made the journey down to Plymouth for the third race of the series. The weather was a stark change to the previous race providing the team with good racing conditions, which was definitely needed on a course that had some very tough climbs and technical descents that followed them. However, the team adapted superbly.
The girls dominated with four of the team finishing in the top 10. Emma Martin(2nd) lead the team and was closely followed by Penny Oliver(6th), Phoebe Killen(8th) and Cecily Day(9th). Isobel Egan and Gemma Lumsdon finished in 11th and 16th respectively to round off a great team effort.
The boys also put in another strong team performance with Will Dolding coming 5th, Omar Harhara 8th, Tom Gwynne-Evans 11th, Ben Hampshire 25th and Fergus Watt 39th.
With fantastic results for both teams EUAC is in a great position at the half way stage of the league.
Following on from this weeks Varsity here is our Track and Field captains race report.
We JUMPED into the first of Track and Field events this academic year at Exeter Arena with the annual South West Winter Varsity. There were a number of RELAY good performances from EUAC!
For some it was a chance to brush off some cobwebs for the summer, others to demonstrate their training paying off, and some to dabble in a new event or two * cough * ok I’m still not a hurdler or heptathlete yet…
The day sprinted off with a successful start with wins in both the mens and womens 60m races from EUAC athletes Beth and King Kevin! On the track other fanTRACKstic EUAC wins consisted of Beth (again, in 200m), Zoe Benton (400m), Jason Drew (3000m) and Tom Beckett (60m Hurdles).
Turning our heads to the field, Georgina Westwood raised the bar with three brilliant performances, winning all of her events (shot putt, javelin and joint 1st high jump with Alex Hancock). We’ll be looking forward to seeing more from her! It was FIELDbulous to see Alex Hancock back out on the high jump after a year off, good luck for the rest of the season!
Overall FXU took first place, followed by Swansea, EUAC, Bristol, Plymouth and then Gloucestershire. This event wouldn’t have been able to go on without the help of Sonya, the officials, and everyone else who volunteered a bit of time throughout the day!
Looking THROWard to the coming year of more Track and Field competitions (no promises on improving my puns however).
This weeks cross country race report comes from our social run captain Millie!
The cross country season has officially begun! Sunday marked the first race of this years Westward League in Stover and huge congrats goes out to everyone who ran!!
There were some great performances this weekend, with both our men’s and women’s A teams coming in at 2nd place! Ben Holmes, Joachim Tranvag, Jack Bond, Andre Stone and Sam Peters scored for the boys, and Eilish O'Grady, Emma Martin and Millie Sander for the girls.
Some other impressive performances came from (previous sprinters) Holly Mei Jones and Steven Berrisford – welcome to XC guys!!! We promise there will be more mud in ones to come! It was great to have so many fresh (and many not-so-fresh) faces rocking the new GREEN vests and representing this year’s cross country squad! Hope you’re all looking forward to the next race!!
Some incredible performances at BUCS XC made our choice for our January's 'athletes of the month' a particularly difficult one. However, special mention must go to James Hancock, who not only put in a cracking performance up in Sheffield but has come on leaps and bounds over the past year and is a highly valued member of the club. Also, we must say a special thank you to Penny Oliver for ALWAYS turning up to track whatever the weather, to motivate, support and help lead sessions, despite not actually being able to run herself. We wish you all the best for your return from injury and can't wait to see you compete in the summer.
Both of these athletes spared me a bit of their time to answer some questions - thanks guys!
Tell us a bit about yourself - what do you study? What year are you in and what are your hobbies?
I study Natural Sciences and am in my second year. My hobbies are running obviously, playing the piano and guitar and just any sport in general.
So although you’ve been an absolute asset as assistant timer/motivator this season, we miss you on the track/mud – can you tell us a little bit about your injury and what training you’re doing instead?
I have a foot injury that is due to my left glute not engaging which causes my foot bones to be the only stabilisers. I've been doing slow 15 minute runs three times a week which has been frustrating because I want to run fast. I also do resistance training and core in the gym three times a week and the occasional bike session. I also do netball on the weekends and yoga everyday.
Have you always loved running?
When I first started running I hated it, I used to cry every morning before cross country club when I was in year three. But I kept going because I didn't want my older sister to beat me.
When you are able to run, what is your favourite distance?
My favourite distance is 800m.
What is your proudest running achievement to date?
My proudest achievement was when I came third at English schools fell running when I'd never done fell running before.
Where’s your favourite place to run in Exeter?
My favourite place to run is the track! Or exploring places I've never been before, I love running until I get lost and finding my way back.
Have you got any personal targets for the year?
My targets are to get pbs in 800 and 400. I want to get sub 2:20 and sub 60.
Tell us a bit about yourself – what do you study? What year are you in and what are your hobbies?
I study accounting and finance and am in my second year. Outside of running, I like to play and watch football – I’m a big Arsenal fan, although that's not something to be proud of at the moment!
Have you always run? What inspired you to take it up?
My Dad inspired me to start running when I was 11, as he would train quite regularly and do a lot of 10k's, so he got me involved with the local club and it started from there really!
Where is your favourite place to run in Exeter?
My favourite place to run in Exeter is probably the track, just because my favourite type of training is speed work, so I'm always really up for doing some tough sessions there.
What is your proudest running achievement?
I'd say my proudest running achievement is winning the Lord Mayor's Mile in London back in 2010!
How do you prefer to train?
I prefer to train by doing shorter track sessions, but also like doing longer runs to increase my fitness and de-stress!
What are your goals for the year?
My main goals for this year are to get a sub 4 min 1500 and to make the semis for both the BUCS indoors and outdoors. However, a sub 7 minute beer mile is on the top of my list for this term!!