Men’s Captain’s Cross Country Report – Fixture One

Written by Moustafa Fawzy


Thanks to everyone who turned up on Saturday to run and support the first Cross Country Match of 2015 @ Roundshaw Common. 


We had a fantastic turnout of 14 ladies and 23 men with some very impressive results all round. A few XC regulars were absent but looking forward to seeing them run with us again next month. It’s definitely worth a mention that we had the largest team in the men’s race – a great acheivement.  

As my first event as Cross Country Men’s Captain I couldn’t really have asked for a better start. Anyone who knows me can tell you that being at a race on-time isn’t what I’m popular for so turning up 45 min before the race was a first for me. Having access to a new real-time online system for declarations meant we could add any latecomers up until the start of the race. This made life a lot easier even though I still somehow ended up not warming up before the race, old habits die hard. 


The race itself was quite straightforward and other than a little congestion through the first third of the race I thought it was well signposted with plenty of marshals helping along the route. Obviously most of us were only racing to justify the delicious cake at the end, massive thanks to Ann as always for baking. 


Provisional results are already up (see below) and we’ll be adding the scores to the grand prix tables once we get final confirmation from the event organisers. 




I’m really looking forward to another great turnout at our next event on the  (Ladies:  @ West End Common, Esher & Men:  @ Epsom Downs) in the meantime I’ll leave you with a few comments I picked up during the event:


  • I found the course a little tame, I wanted some proper mud!!
  • Go one, have another piece, you deserved it!
  • Ann, can I take some home?
  • “Mous, who’s that?” It’s Huw. “Mous, who’s that?” It’s Huw. “Who?” It’s HUW!!


I’m really looking forward to seeing you at the next fixture, on Saturday 7th November. The Ladies race will be at 12pm and the Men’s event at 3pm.


P.S: Good luck to everyone doing Abingdon and Amsterdam Marathons next weekend.