With the winter season now upon us, it's time for cross country season to begin as a team of 14 Brunel middle/long distance athletes made their way to Parliament Hill Fields on 18th October for the first of five London Colleges Cross Country League matches throughout the 2017-18 season.
David Weir flew the flag for the team by being the first Brunel athlete home in the men's race with a very solid 8th position over the 3 lap 8.5K course, and a very respectable time of 30:48 to go with it, as Kieran McMorran rounded out the top 10 in 31:02. 20 seconds down the road saw Alex Cameron & Gabriel Kay battle to the line in the final stages for 11th & 12th places respectively in 31:22 and 31:25; the former of which had to deal with an untied shoelace for the entirety of the last lap, with John Cove rounding out the mens A team in 14th with 32:01. Other Brunel finishers consisted of fresher Samuel Metcalf (23rd, 32:41), LCL debutant Jacob McAdam (34th, 33:53), Hasnain Iqbal (56th, 36:04), fresher Gus Allison (62nd, 36:50) and the men's team captain Jono Gilworth rounded out the mens B race with an 80th palce finish in 38:14
Meanwhile in the womens 2 lap 5.6K race, team captain Philippa Bowden led by example by topping the timing sheets in 21:40, as Rosie Upton was next home in 27:36 for a 35th place finish. Nanine Balchin came home next in 30:45 for 67th, and Zoe Robson returned to action by rounding the girls team with an 88th place finish in 33:10
All of this means that Brunels A team currently lead the mens team standings on 700 points, just 3 points ahead of Imperial, and 17 ahead of UCL; whereas the B team currently lay 14th on 577. Brunel have not won the mens team standings since 2001; and after a very strong start to the season, don't look like they have any signs on giving up that lead without a fight!! On the women's side of things, Brunel are currently in 9th place on 413 points, and look set for an uphill battle towards the seasons close.
A very successful start to the season and a massive well done to everyone involved; we hope to see you again on 1st November for the second match at Mitcham Common.