Five races, hundreds of kilometres and many given Sundays later, the Cross Country team arrived at Redruth for the Westward League finale, with silverware on the line and legacies to cement.
For Steph McCall, Vicky Budd, Jack Gavin and Alex Warna it was also to be the last time they would pull on the EUAC vest in anger. The Ladies' team went into the race comprised of Steph, Vicky and Carys Morgan, and what they lacked in numbers they made up for in performance. Steph returned from injury to put in a flying run to 2nd place, with Vicky close behind in 4th. Carys, a late call-up, finished an excellent 21st, sealing first place in the Senior Women's league for our girls. Steph and Vicky's finishes meant that they ended the season first and second in a highly competitive league, their reputations as two of the Club's great runners firmly intact.
The boys lined up at the front of the pack and raised hell with an enthusiastic start. Veterans Warna and Gavin exchanged the lead of the race in the opening stages before succumbing to their talent, with Phil Bridge taking lead of the side and capping off an excellent debut season with an 11th place finish. A spirited performance by fellow first-year Calum Smith contributed the remaining lion's share of the points to a side that was ultimately unable to defend its 3rd place, slipping to 4th in the overall standings. The absence of silverware for the boys does not reflect the dedication and improvement this young team has shown this season, and we are confident that they will go at least one better in a year's time.
Cross Country Captain Jack Gavin deserves a huge amount of praise for the superb organisation and leadership of the team this year. His rousing speech at BUCS XC eclipsed those who preceded him, and he has been a fine role model to members who have joined this year. Special praise must go to Steph and Vicky too, who could not have performed better during their time in the Club, and have delivered trophies, medals and wins with passion and smiles on their faces. Their achievements and dedication to this team have been an example to those around them and their legacies will live for years to come.