Summer's over, the unexpected Indian summer is over, rain is surely on the way and with it, mud. Lots of mud. Good time to get the cross-country season underway then!
The Brook's Westward cross-country league runs from October through to March 2012, with races all over the counties of Devon and Cornwall. The first round took place on Sunday in Redruth and four Harriers made the trip south.
In the men's open race there were 113 runners and Jamie Palmer led the Harrier's contingent home in a time of 30.57, good enough for 39th place, 3rd V/40 and bagging him 262 points towards his end of series total (5 races of 6 to count).
Next home was the ever consistent Hugh Marsden, running 31.42 for 46th place and 4th V/50; this earned him 255 points towards the end of season totals. Rounding off the Harrier's performances was Jim Wyatt who clocked 43.08 for 109th place and 192 points. Despite this solid run, this was only good enough to bag him 7th place in the over 60s; a category which looks like it might be particularly competitive this season, as those that were part of the 80s running boom refuse to hang up their trainers and restrict their exercise to a brisk walk to the pub!
In the women's race the competition was just as tough, with internation runner Annabel Gummow winning the race in a sizzling time of 16.47. Dawn Teed was the sole female representative for Exmouth and she finished in 43rd place in a time of 24.19. This earned her 58 points (out of a possible 100) towards the series tally.
Well done to all the Harriers and good luck for round 2 which takes place on November 6th in Newquay.