North Mids XC – Derby

On a glorious Saturday, the sun was shining, the paint and glitter was out, and the gazebo was just about on 4 legs (just). After an explore of the course route resulting in soaking wet shoes and socks the 18 strong team of girls headed over to the start line and the gun was off. The course was reasonably kind in terms of mud, but that hill will forever get 10x bigger on the second lap! Green and gold really stood out in a large crowd of 200+ women and the support from the boys was excellent. A stunning performance from Martha taking first place by over half a minute with Georgia storming in at an amazing 6th place, followed by Ellie in 16th and me following in her stride. Within the minute Rosie had an excellent race and came in looking super strong. Next up was Tam, Tabi and Anna all with great sprint finishes! Alexandria smiling the whole way round had a storming race, as did Ruby and Lucy both still with perfect looking face paint! Hannah, Cameron, Robyn and Imogen all doing Uni Of Nottingham proud with some really strong performances and to round it off Ella, Esther and Olivia finished as a trio (great teamwork guys!) with again some sprint finishes to be proud of!

With the girls race wrapped up the boys were off to tackle 3 laps of the course we had so nicely churned up for them (sorry guys). Adam came in a very impressive 9th place with some great pictures from Adrian to go home with too! Next up was a great performance from Will coming in 19th with a fab finish. Closely following behind was Owen and his identifiable face paint, holding his 22nd place into the finish line. A close finish for Henry holding off the runner behind and coming in at an amazing 32nd. Saul and Ewan battled it out for 42nd and 43rd with a close finish and identical times! Dan came in next looking strong followed by Abdullah, Tom. It was a close but strong finish for Joe with Tom, Adam and Ethan rounding it up with cheering from the girls and all putting in cracking times! Finally shout out to Lee who gave an excellent effort despite his rotten cold!

As the day closed in we decided a well earned Maccies was needed before we headed back. An amazing turn out for the Uni and everyone did amazing, you should all be super proud! Particularly those who had never run a cross country race before! (incredible guys!!!) We really hope you all enjoyed the day and got a flavour for whats to come this year, this is just the start and we really hope to see you all at the other races! Lots of Uni Love ā€“ Your XC captains šŸ’ššŸ’›Ā 

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