Braunton runners represent Devon
After representing Devon at the South West School's Cross Country Championships last month, Ben Woodlands and Abi Oscroft represented the County in the English Schools' Cross-Country Championships in arctic conditions in Leeds on March 16th. Both athletes did exceptionally well to even finish the course. The Devon team managers looking after the athletes commented that these were quite easily the coldest conditions they had experienced in many years of attending cross-country. A challenging, hilly course, combined with a 30-knot north-easterly wind, snow showers and knee deep mud in places made for a truly epic race. Abi was the 7th Devon runner home in the Junior Girls, while Ben, running against many boys a year older, did very well in 103rd position out of more than 300 runners, helping the County to a very respectable 8th place in the Inter Boys. Both athletes had an experience they will never forget. Image shows Ben (127) and the scale of the competition he was up against.