EUAC got the XC season off to a flying start at the Westward League at Plymouth on Sunday, travelling up by bus, car and train to Central Park. Despite the team being overwhelmingly fresh, with an exceptionally high turnout both the women’s and men’s teams put in impressive performances.
At 12.30 the starting gun signalled the start of the women's race. First across the line for EUAC in 9th place was Susannah Reid, repping the green and white for the first time over an undulating course, and not deterred by the sections of tarmac that had the potential to blunt spikes or twist an ankle. She was backed up by solid runs from our Treasurer Hannah Kilby, and Social Run Captain Charlie Cornwell, along with Penny Oliver, Anna Woolf, Eliza Gilchrist, Harriet Dunn, Carys Morgan, Sophie Telfer, Harriet Conti, and Grace Older.
Next was the turn of the men’s team. After a fast start our athletes quickly settled into the field, strung out in a line of green and white over the hills for the first km. Joe Donkin, Phil Bridge and Joachim Tranvag emerged first from the pack, no doubt benefiting from increased experience over this type of distance; Joe finishing an impressive 11th. However, the Men’s 2nd position in the overall team rankings was only made possible by strong performances from freshers Zack Nolan, Sam Peters and Dan Myers, athletes with a lot of potential to offer EUAC. Westward League veterans Josh Eve and Aaron Langenberg , finishing alongside Ben Hartford, Jack Butcher and Aaron Gomez, rounded off what was undoubtedly a good day for EUAC and promising start to the XC season.
With a few more athletes, some work on starts and pacing, and the continued commitment from our runners, team silverware and Westward League glory are definitely in sight.
Our speedy boys team!
And our fantastic girls team...