After a solid start to the XC season last month in Plymouth, our runners braved heavy winds, showers and the mud of Newquay to continue the season in good form.
Over the 5.5km girls course, Lydia Trow, finishing 13th in combined U17men/Woman's race, proved that you can be a marathon runner yet still have the speed for the shorter distances, and she was backed up by Suzie Reed and Eleanor Johnson to complete our line up for the scoring girls. Fighting off competition from Exeter Harriers for the podium, the team was supported by strong runs from Penny Oliver, Georgina Weston, Emma Chan, Nikita Steiner, Sophie Telfer, Anna Woolf, Harriet Conti, Charl Tromans, Melissa Wembridge, Hannah Kilby, Abi Camsey and Daniela Nolan. Meanwhile, Nicole Kendall added 5100m on to her preferred race distance, finishing strong for the girls.
Taking the 9.2km of the men's race by storm was fresher Zach Nolan, perfecting pacing to edge ahead of Joe Donkin in 13th and Phil Bridge, and backed up by Charlie Critchley. Emerging out of tough headwinds was raw fresh talent in the forms of Joachim Tranvag, Dan Myers, and Sam Peters, Joachim no doubt using the race as an opportunity to clock up an ever greater number of 'Strava' miles. Westward veterans Calum Smith, Josh Eve and Aaron Lagenberg, supported by Joe Minton, rounded off the men's team performance.
With the challenge from Bideford AC being strong, it remains to be seen if EUAC managed to edge ahead in the team rankings. However, with our next race on home territory in Exeter, and plenty more talent to come from our freshers, EUAC is only just getting warmed up.