Cross Country Victory for Team BRNC

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Wednesday 25th January 2017
Cross Country Victory for Team BRNC

Cross country teams representing BRNC have been crowned the champions of this United Services Cross country League. In ideal conditions around 70 runners took part in the final race around the 5.4 mile course for men and 3.2 miles for women.

Both male and female team BRNC claimed the top spot after the final race of the season held at HMS Raleigh in cornwall. Officer Cadet Holly Watson won the senior ladies event, while Lieutenant Tilda Woodard was first across the line in the final race claiming third place overall in the veteran ladies category.

Speaking before the race, Midshipman Benjamin Harris, captain of the BRNC team, said: "We've got about 15 runners in our team today and I think we are at the top of the league. We're doing well in the men's under 23 and the women's. Hopefully everyone will push their hardest even though it's the end of term and we're feeling it. I think it will be a good race."

The league is unique to the South West. It brings together serving and retired members of all the Royal Navy and Royal Marine establishments, along with potential Officers in the Exeter University Officer Traning Corps and the University Royal Naval Unit.

Runners can compete at six races over the three month period from the picturesque Looe Bar coastal route (RNAS Culdrose) to the fogged out Woodbury Common (RMTC Lympstone). Points accumulated from the five best performances decide the winning individuals and winning team. This year's competition was organised by LPT Tim Scrivener of HMS Raleigh. It saw teams compete form the Fire and Rescue Service, Devon and Cornwall Police, 42 Cdo Bickleigh, 40 Cdo Taunton, RNAS Culdrose, RNAS Yeovilton, HMS Drake, HMS Raleigh, BRNC, CTCRM Lympstone, 30 Cdo Stonehouse, 29 Codo Citadel, 131 Cdo and Exter University.


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