Exeter Harriers made the long journey down to Newquay in Cornwall for the second fixture of the Westward Cross Country League on 4th November 2012. This was a fixture which also incorporated the Cornwall Cross Country Championships so the standard was always going to be good. Upon arrival in Newquay the team were greeted with strong winds and poor underfoot conditions which made running very difficult.
The first race of the day saw a strong senior women’s team compete over 6 kilometres. The first Harrier home was Katherine Humphreys who maintained her good form this winter to finish in 4th place in 24.41. Rosie Chamberlain was ran nicely through the field to finish 5th in 24.56. Anna Rust returned home from university for the weekend and managed 14th place in 26.42 with Emily Weeks closely behind in 19th in 26.56. Catherine Harman completed the team, finishing in 30th place in 29.04. Thus meant the Senior Women’s finished 3rd team overall for the second fixture running.
In the under 15 girls race Chloe Howard improved on her performance in the last fixture to finish 22nd in a time of 21.47.
The under 15 boys again showed their amazing potential with another dominant team victory with 3 Exeter athletes in the top four. Oscar Petherick was the first Exeter athlete home in 2nd place in a time of 16.13. Tom McShane was closely behind in 3rdin 16.29 with Archie Stoneman tracking him all the way to finish 4th in 16.32. Joe Chamberlain completed an excellent day for the boys with 7th place in 17.23.
In the Senior Men’s competition Exeter managed to win the team competition for the first time this season and slightly close the gap on Cornwall AC with 4 fixtures remaining. Ollie Berry continued to show a huge improvement with 3rd place in 34.55 with James Denne closely behind in 4th in 34.58 after catching him with 800 meters to go. Jonathan Atse Herrara had a very good start to the race and finished in a very respectable 9th place in 36.10 with Jack Bancroft close behind in 36.12. Dave Wilkinson looked like he had returned to a bit of form after feeling under the weather by finishing 21st in 37.17 with former Westbury Harrier John Terry enjoying his first taste of Westward League action finish just behind in 24th in 37.31. Howard Bailey was next home in 27th in 37.47, then Adam Stobbs was 51st in 39.55 and Graham Collins 56th in 41.21.