Exeter’s performance this week at the Westward League was nothing short of phenomenal (#nobigwoof). Despite both our men’s and women’s racing squad falling short due to some unfortunate injuries, our racers put up some stellar performances to maintain our dominance over the pack.
On our Women’s team, Eilish O’Grady lead the pack home, putting in an astounding 3rd place, followed by Ida Tjosvaag finishing 6th, and Sierra Dinges in 9th place. They were closely followed by a plethora of Exeter athletes grinding it out for the squad. These performances fell just short of maintaining out first place position in the league, dropping to second overall. We are optimistic that some of our top racers will be back from injury soon and we will reclaim that top spot.
On the Mens team, club captain Charlie Critchley led by example, finishing 6th overall with a ludacris time of 27:57, followed by a pack of green consisting of Phill Bridge, Joachim Tranvag, Rob Mann, and Andre Stone. These boy’s strong performances outlined our strength in numbers, increasing our first place lead and providing some buffer room for future races. Special shout out to Sam Peters, who bravely stormed the plains of Newquay dropping a sub 3 minute first KM only to be struck by the pain gods, yet grinding out a PB of 20th overall. We are all very proud of you young man.
At this point of the season, with 81 days until BUCS XC, the mid season slump may be starting to settle in. Those of us who have been putting in the training hours may be struggling with injury, underperformance or fatigue settling in. If you haven’t, you might be disappointed you haven’t been training as much as you wanted, for whatever reason. This is that point in the season where we really must persevere, in whatever form that takes. For some, that may be heading out for a few extra KM’s on a rainy morning. For others, that might be taking that extra few days to rest up an injury. Whatever it is, to succeed, we must all persevere together.