Varsity 2018: Cross Country run

On Saturday the CCCU Athletics and Cross-country team took on UKC for their second ever Varsity which ended in an overall draw. 

Thankfully they were blessed with warmer weather than last year so there were smiles all round.

As the gun went for the start of the 5km course, Jack Goss and Jo Whitby sped ahead to immediately take the lead behind a sea of UKC men.

Gabija and Rebecca Jackson took the positions of the top females also.

The team earned a well deserved draw at this years Varsity.

As they hit the 2.5km mark, UKC runners came strong and knocked both Jo and Rebecca from 2nd place down to 4th, but both Gabi and Jack were untouched.

By the 4th km, UKC tried hard to snatch the top spots, but they couldn’t run hard enough.

Steve Barber, Fearghal Heaney and Millie Cable (on her debut XC run) also fought hard to maintain their positions ahead of quick UKC runners.

Jack Goss managed to fly to the finish line with an impressive 17:21, a new PB, which was exactly one whole minute in front of the 2nd place runner.

Gabija also managed a new PB for the course as she sped to the finish line, taking top spot for the females.

CCCU managed to take 1st and 4th place for both males and females, meaning they ended on a draw with UKC.

Captain captain Rebecca Jackson said: “We are very proud of the result.

“Our team is a much smaller team than UKC, but we put up a fight to maintain runners in the top six spots.”

A great start to the year for Athletics/ Cross country.

Tutors and alumni from CCCU were also there to support the team and cheer them on helped give them an extra boost.

Rebecca said: “Because he managed to take the top spot and maintain it in a field of over 20 university runners, we have named Jack Goss as man of the match.

“His impressive speed and endurance let CCCU take home the draw and proved that our team has a lot to showcase and won’t go down without a fight.

“We’re really excited to battle head-to-head with UKC in the summer as well as next year’s XC Varsity.

“Well done to all athletes involved.”

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Sonny Snelling

Sonny is a third year multimedia journalism student and Sports Editor for Unified. He hopes to one day have a career in Sports journalism having written for the Daily Mail, Mail Online and Kent Messenger.

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