After a very successful showing two weeks ago, a team of 11 Brunel athletes made their way to Mitcham Common on 1st November for Round 2 of the London Colleges Cross Country League.
In the men's 3-lap 8.9K course, Gabriel Kay was the first man home for Team Brunel with a very strong 9th palce finish in a time of 30:35, and was very closely followed by Alex Cameron in 30:44 for 10th. Meanwhile, Samuel Metcalf improved on his 23rd place finish last time out as the fresher came home in 14th in a time of 31:09. And there were more improvers to follow as fellow fresher Gus Allison halved his 62nd position from Parliament Hill by coming home in 33:12 for a 31st place finish, as Jacob McAdam finished closely behind in 33:38 for 36th to round out the men's A team. Further down saw the likes of LCL debutant Dexter Gribble finish in 35:39 for 54th as Hasnain Iqbal (70th, 36:58), LCL debutant James Hudson (100th, 40:57) and fresher and another LCL debutant in Oliver Price rounded Brunel's squad with 122nd in 47:49.
Over on the women's 2-lap 5.9K course, team captain Philippa Bowden proved, once again, hard to beat by taking victory number 2 in the LCL season, over a minute ahead of 2nd place!!! Further down the field saw Zoe Robson completing the course as Brunel's only other women, as she crossed the line as the 59th fastest female in a time of 30:47.
As far as the standings are concerned, this all means that Gabriel Kay & Alex Cameron are now level on individual points on 381, as both lay 4th and 5th in the mens standings, with Samuel Metcalf not too far behind in 8th on 365 points!! In the women's table, with 2 wins on the bounce means Philippa Bowden is the championship leader and the heavy favourite to take the title on a perfect 300 points, just 4 points ahead of 2nd. The teams standings indicate that Brunel have relinquished their lead in the mens category and have slipped down to 4th with 1856 points, but still remain strong contenders for the medals as just 1 point seperates them from Imperial in 3rd, and UCL are only 11 points ahead in 2nd. On the womens side, Brunel are in 15th place on 655 points.
A strong effort by all who managed to endure the tough, hilly course. The next round sees them at Wimbledon Common on 15th November.