BUCS XC 06/02/2016 - Gloucester
The 14 runners from Sussex set off for Gloucester to compete in BUCS cross country championships, some being BUCS veteran’s; for others it was their first venture into the mud, sweat, and tears of the championships, where first time runners can brush shoulders with future Olympians; where old rivalries are ignited, both on the field and across the Twittersphere.
The course meandered its way round the back of Plock court leisure centre. As the runners huddled in the sports centre preparing for their races, the slightest pit and furrow began to fill; gradually the course was transformed into a bog, knee deep in places. ‘Vulnerable’ runners were warned not to take part.
First to tackle the course were the Mens A runners: Sam Longville, Tim Dowling, Ben Savill, Calum Upton. All did Sussex proud, beating off the men from Leicester and Liverpool to claim 39th place in the deteriorating elements. Next the Womens race, where Sussex athletics’ freshers, Eleanor Giddings, Elle Roberts, Jennie MaCaughin, Megan Lloyd all cut their teeth on the muddy track of Plock court. Whilst Sophie Allen, Alice Crowe-Wright, and our North American contingent, Hannah Colter and Jen Schreurs, surged through the field to claim the women’s team 32nd place in the competition.
The final race of the day was the Men’s B where, after taking a battering, the course had turned into a viscous brown gunge. Sussex’s final two runner’s Chris Brown and Miles Seavill waded through the mud, buoyed on by the cheers of the crowd and the thought of service station Burger King on the way home.
Chris Brown - XC Captain
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