The last of our Selected teams – the Snails.

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Rahil Sachak-Patwa

Weight 58kg
Cuppers: 18th
Milton Keynes: 85th

DPhil student Rahil, perhaps best known for breaking the elusive 5 hour barrier in the London marathon hopes to find success against the tabs by fulfilling his childhood dream of captaining the snails to victory. His preparation though has been somewhat unconventional, refusing to run anything less than 26.2 miles on each of his Sunday long runs this term. Claims he would win easily if the course was  5 times longer.

Adam Waldron

Weight 57kg
Cuppers: 17th
Milton Keynes: 62nd

Former gymnast, second year chemist Adam was unknown when he chopped around the cuppers course, donning headphones and and iPhone armband. Although he may have looked like a hobby jogger, he displayed his cross country prowess, and followed this up with a strong run at Milton Keynes. He’s only been running seriously for a year but hopefully his strength will give him an advantage over the tabs in Shotover. We couldn’t find a decent picture of him running so here’s him doing some gymnastics.

Christian Smith

Weight 65kg
Cuppers: 21st
Milton Keynes: 84th

One of the three first year undergrads in the team, in his prime, Christian used to run up and down hills in North Wales with John Spill (aka DBJ). He ran well in Milton Keynes, although did have to take a trip to A&E after a feeble sabotage attempt, being spiked in the foot at the start of the race. Says he looks forward to the hills in Shotover.

Joseph Grehan-Bradley

Weight 59 kg
Cuppers: 15th
Milton Keynes: 71st

Hailing from the deep recesses of the north east, Joseph is no stranger to hills, wind or mud. He was, however, very much a stranger to XC captain Luke Cotter as of only a month ago, who, upon filming his finish at cuppers, remarked in puzzlement, “don’t know who this guy is?” As a fresher racing for only the second time in Oxford colours, he’s hoping that such puzzlement will be confined to those tabs, as they realise that there’s always another hill round the corner when it comes to shotover.

Tom Lamont

Weight 69kg
Cuppers: 13th
Milton Keynes: 76th

Tom, a 4th year DPhil student is the veteran of the thirds team. In his 8th year at Oxford he is still as distinctive as when he got involved with the club and is famous for his regular habit of getting lost at Shotover. He remains proud of not loosing his scouse accent after moving south 8 years ago from Merseyside and is regularly scrapping trying to top the weekly mileage strava leaderboard with Rahil. After a troublesome 18 moths getting glandular fever and becoming a Coeliac, Tom has bounced back strongly since the summer on a diet of no gluten, big miles and his beloved 10k tempo runs around Uni Parks and secured his spot on the thirds team in his first race back at MK. Luckily he has managed to actually be grounded in Oxford for his last Varsity XC instead of doing “Fieldwork” in Greek Islands, which he claims is “Hard Work”. Let’s hope he actually looks at a map of the course before the race on Saturday.

Tim Harrison

Weight 58 kg
Cuppers: –
Milton Keynes: 53rd

Tim, a chemistry fresher, has been an orienteer but decided to have a go at running without a map. Unfortunately, he’s brought his work ethic with him which has resulted in claims that he needs to up his mileage, but could it be we’re simply witnessing an 18 year-long taper from this youngster?

Joseph Grehan-Bradley

Weight 59 kg
Cuppers: 15th
Milton Keynes: 71st

Hailing from the deep recesses of the north east, Joseph is no stranger to hills, wind or mud. He was, however, very much a stranger to XC captain Luke Cotter as of only a month ago, who, upon filming his finish at cuppers, remarked in puzzlement, “don’t know who this guy is?” As a fresher racing for only the second time in Oxford colours, he’s hoping that such puzzlement will be confined to those tabs, as they realise that there’s always another hill round the corner when it comes to shotover.

Joe Bowness

Weight 68kg
Cuppers: 16th
Milton Keynes: Fetal and coughing after running with the flu – 92nd

Joe’s defection from the light to the dark blues – after a promising undergraduate career ultimately derailed by injuries – did not have the immediate impact of some others in recent years, as he spent his first year in Oxford as a DPhil student predominantly wasting time in the pool and cruising around the countryside on two wheels.

Now finally injury-free (mostly) and back focused solely on running Joe will hope to draw upon his Varsity and Shotover experience (two previous appearances in the IIs match for the other side) to make the difference in a match too close to call.

Harrison McCartney

Weight: ?? (Would guess about 68 kg)
Cuppers: –
Milton Keynes: 66th

Oxford University Orienteering Club president and 2nd year Harrison was the first Oxford finished in the mob match last year. Again, another runner known to prefer running with a map than without one, he hopes to have another successful varsity performance in dark blue.

Come down to watch us tomorrow at Shotover

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