A new term arrives, and our plucky band of cross-country warriors donned the white and green once more at Westward Ho! A side depleted by post-exam excess and Coach Sonya Ellis' controversial decision to sell Swedish starlet Anders Grahl back to his homeland performed admirably in atrocious conditions. Staggering crosswinds of 23 knots (42.8 km/h for you non-nautical types) battered our athletes across a flat course that Steve Cram once described as "a b*****d Parkrun".
A stunning win from Steph McCall, who beat all but one of the U18 boys over 4 laps of the sparse course, was backed up by strong performances from Eleanor Johnson, Marianne Tay and Charlie Cornwell. The Men's team faced 6 laps of Devon's windy savannah, and in Anders' absence Phil Bridge stepped up to the plate, finishing 13th in a large field. Excellent results from Ollie Andrew, Cross Country Captain Jack Gavin and Nick Elvidge, who finished 20th, 32nd and 33rd respectively, ensured that we remain in contention for honours in the Westward League.
It remains only to say that I have no intention of going to Westward Ho! ever again, the comic exclamation mark at the end of the town's name the only redeeming feature of an otherwise hellish meteorological experience.