Success for Swansea at BUCS Cross Country Championships
Swansea University Cross Country team made the long trek up to Edinburgh to try and earn BUCS points at one of the biggest Cross Country events in the UK. The conditions were windy and the course was boggy but a lot of the team had overcome illness and injury to be there but that did not stop their determination with Competition Announcer, Graham Coull, commenting on the day that Swansea had "Great team spirit and camaraderie."
The men's B team went off first in the short race, then the women in the long race and finally the men's A team in the long race. There were some brilliant standout performances acroos the board including indiviudal runners and the men's A team who finished a modest 14th place overall out of 135 Universities. The team improved on last year's performance with 5 runners finishing in the top 20 compared with only 3 last year. Cross Country Captian, Conor Smith, said ""There was a great team effort."
The first year club members showed great promise on the day. In the men's B race, Adam Brown, who has also been selected to represent the GB team at Duathlon, led the men's B team home finishing in 140th out 635 runners. In the women's team, Ellie Hathaway stayed calm over the new longer distance to finish 108th.
In the men's A race, Cross Country Captain Conor Smith led the team home finishing in an impressive 36th place in 34:18 showing the rest of the team how it's done. Daniel Brookling and Chris Booth ran their first BUCS Cross Country Championships running against high level and GB athletes. Daniel had a strong race finishing 77th in 35:26 and Chris navigated the course well finishing in 106th. Both boys will be able to take this experience with them into next year and hopefully continue the strong performance by the team in 2021.
Other standout performances come from Alfred Yablsey, who has ran for GB on the track, finishing just in the top 100 in 99th. This was a great improvement on his 2019 performance and shows he is in good form going into Indoors later this month also.
As always Swansea runners gave it there all and were rewarded for it both individually and as a team. In typical GWA fashion, the support from the whole team on the day was clearly noticed.
Full Results can be found here
Photos taken by Charlie Wheeler