On Sunday 20th March a small but keen squad of 9 athletes made the long journey down to Redruth to compete in the final fixture of the Westward League. At stake was a chance for a top 3 finish in both the Men and Women's team categories. No pressure.
The conditions were warm, the course was dry, and the race course appeared to be no more than a walk in the park compared to the knee deep carnage of the season's previous races. However, the battle quickly commenced as the athletes crossed the starting line; facing a steep incline, sharp downhill bend and a short but mightily tough hill as the race came to a close.
With trophy's within a whisker of EUAC ownership, both teams fought hard. Amid the stresses of deadlines the Women's Team was small and put pressure on the ladies, whose performances would all score points for the team. Anna Woolf, Harriet Dunn and Daniela Nolan strode out through the course, finishing in 21st, 25th and 56th place for the Women's team. Disappoint they most certainly did not, putting in excellent performances which saw us secure 2nd Women's Team in the Westward League.
The Men's Team achieved similar success. Over the 8km course, Phil Bridge, Ben Holmes, Charlie Critchley, Joachim Tranvag and Dan Cyrson finished in 3rd, 8th, 10th, 18th and 54th; a great team performance with 5 of the team finishing within the top 20. This proved a fantastic end to the League - not only did the Men's Team come 3rd overall, but Phil Bridge took home 3rd Male Athlete. There is certainly lots of potential out there for next season from all our athletes!
To top the day off, EUAC took home the trophy for 'Best Team Performance', a well deserved prize considering our overall team, and individual, performances throughout the season.
A message from XC Captain, Phil Bridge: Massive thanks to Nikita and Gordon for driving us up, to Gordon for his hard work coaching the team, and to the League organisers. It's been a pleasure being your XC Captain and I'm very excited for what next season has to offer!