Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Last weekend saw the staging of the second round in the Westward Cross-country League, writes Ellie Sutcliffe.
This month it was Newquay’s turn to play host and with the fixture incorporating the Cornwall county XC championships, the field was highly competitive, particularly on the men’s side.
This time Adam Miller, the only male Exmouth Harrier to compete in round one, was joined by four fellow Harriers and so they were looking to put some points on the board towards the team competition.
First Harrier home was Dave Stone, a previous winner of the league, in 13th place overall and second male over 40.
Dave took 36:21 to cover the hilly, muddy 9k course. Adam Miller followed in 38th in 39:04; his legs clearly none the worse for having run and won the Killerton Parkrun 5k the previous day!
Marc Cox, making his debut performance in the league, clocked 41:28 for 58th place. He was backed up by Jim Wyatt who posted 58:10 for 108th place overall and 11th man over 60.
It should though be pointed out that Jim is in fact a good decade beyond that age threshold and that competition in the veteran categories in the Westward League is as stiff as you will find at any race in the region.
Unfortunately the fifth and final member of the male team, Berihu Tesfay, who was also making his debut cross-country appearance in the UK, was forced to retire part way due to a calf strain.
The cold and muddy conditions of Devon may take a bit of a getting used to for our Eithiopian guest!
The three female representatives consolidated their solid start to the league with another trio of fine performances.
Moira Glen repeated her success of round one by placing third in the females over 45 category and 20th overall in a time of 27:06 for the 6k course.
Ably assisted by Carly Audritt in 37th (29:49) and Dawn Teed in 50th place (32:37), the female team are now sitting in ninth position in the team standings and will be looking to improve upon this in the forthcoming round which takes place on home turf in Exeter on December 2.