This years Exmoor Cross Country run took place on March 30th and marked the 160th run in the line (although did someone mention covid, the terrible winter of 1947 and the foot-and-mouth outbreak of 2001?).
Thankfully, this year we managed to steer clear of any snow or hail, with participants mainly facing a few refreshing showers and the occasional burst of sunshine. The Exmoor Cross Country runners ranged from Year 8 up to Sixth Form, with the Year 7’s Marshalling and showing the way. Additionally, the OWBA had some of their own runners on the course, proving that the spirit of the event extends beyond the current student body. The Exmoor once again proved a fantastic opportunity for all members of the West Buckland School community to come together and take on the challenge of this unique cross country event.
Dressed in the House colours, the participants gave it their all, running through the steep and stunning Exmoor landscape. The route takes runners through some of Exmoor’s most challenging hills, pushing their physical and mental endurance. But despite the tough conditions, participants persevered, spurred on by the cheers and encouragement of their fellow students, staff and not to forget the parents from the side-lines.
True to tradition, the run finished back at school where participants were welcomed with hot chocolate and soup. The event wouldn’t have been possible without the great support received from so many members of the school community. We are grateful to the local farmers who allow the runners to pass through their fields year after year, and to all staff and volunteers who help make this all happen!