Sunday saw a small team of just 19 athletes make the long trip down to Newquay in Cornwall to compete in the second Brooks Westward Cross Country League fixture of the season. The fixture also incorporated the Cornwall Country Cross Country Championship so competition in all events was fierce.
With a few key members of the Senior Men’s team missing due to other commitments, the team struggled to reach the heights of previous years however those who did compete did well. First home for the club was Ollie Berry in 16th place in 31.37. The team then packed well with Howard Bailey 50th in 33.40, Mark Smerdon 52nd in 33.52, James McClaren 59th in 34.19, James Haigh 63rd in 34.23 and Adam Stobbs 69th in 34.52. Peter Chamberlain completed the team in 89th place in 36.52. Meanwhile in the under 17 Men’s race Matt Penney ran a solid race to finish in 5th place in 18.34.
The under 15 Boys trio of Finley Mclear, Owen Coldwell and Elliot Moran again dominated the team event with all of them finishing in the top 6. Finley finished 3rd in 15.09, Owen 5th in 15.40 with Elliot only just behind in 6th place in 15.47. Meanwhile in the under 13 Boys race the sole entrant from the club saw William Penney finish in an encouraging 7th place in 10.57.
In the under 15 Girls’ race Anna Downs was first home for the club in 9th place in 16.07. Josie Crosby was next home in 14th in 16.34 with Lauren Coleman not far behind in 17th place in 16.47, with Sophie Burden 24th in 18.22 In the under 13 Girls’ race Runa Manby finished in a good 8th place in 12.05 with Brooke Coldwell 15th in 12.26 and Courtney Howard 24th in 13.42.
Everyone who attended ran really well and there are big hopes for the next fixture on Sunday 7th December at Exeter which will incorporate the Devon County Championships. If athletes wish to enter the County Championships they must do it by the 1st December. Entries forms can be found on the Devon County Athletics Association website – www.devoncountyaa.co.uk