IN complete contrast to the cross country course at Killerton last week, the fourth Brooks Westward League was held at Westward Ho! on the Burrows immediately behind the high boulder shoulder which protects the flat grassland from the sea.
Last year the course was changed due to the shoulder being breached by the incoming tide and there were similar fears this year which meant that the same shorter laps were kept.
The grass is crossed by many water filled shallow ditches which had to be negotiated making it far from an easy flat course.
It was a very successful day for the Newquay & Par athletes who travelled to North Devon, with four individual wins and three team wins.
Two of the wins came in the opening Under 11 Development Boys and Girls combined race where Si-am Juntakereket was already well clear of the rest of the field as he started the second lap, keeping this winning margin to the finish.
In third place at the half way stage was Daisy Greenwood, she just dropped to fourth at the finish but was the first girl to cross the line. She was hugged by mum, Sarah Myford before she ran off to join the start of the next race.
This was a real family affair with son, James and daughter Jodie also competing later.
Sharon Coyne will need one more top placing to secure the W45 title with her fourth win in this age group category.
At sixth overall in the Senior Women's race, she led a strong team to victory, quickly followed by Sandra Toher at eighth and Louise Gore ninth.
Sharon, Louise and Sarah Myford, who finished 22nd should keep the veteran team at the top of the table when full results are published.
This was the best turn out of athletes with Collette Clements 23rd, Sarah Hill 31st, Yvette Williams 42nd and Joanne Hillman 41st on her league debut.
Both Under 13 teams won and will be in contention for the overall titles but with only four of the six matches counting, this could change as the girls found last year when they lost out at the final fixture.
They were the first to gain the important victory, led by Elowen Penfold who looked equally at home on the flat terrain as she did climbing the steep hills last week.
She shook off the attentions of the Newton Abbot front runner and looked untroubled as she crossed the line for the win, to keep her title chances alive.
Rhianna Giles came in at sixth with Quinta Carlyon at 12th to complete the scoring trio. Jodie Greenwood at 15th and Lylie Douglas 17th backed up the winning team.
The Under 13 Boys will move back into the top overall place with their third win of the series and should only need one more high score in the last two races.
James Greenwood completed the family outing with a fine display which challenged the leading pair over the three laps, finishing third.
After falling last year, Tom Randles was aware of the problems the ditches could cause, he cleared these safetly to take 7th but Charlie Parker was not so lucky and went flying on the first lap, still managing his best result of the season at ninth to secure the team win.
Behind these, Morgan Squires at 12th and William Wright at 14th, after running most of the race with no shoes, which he lost at two of the ditches, helped the A team score by getting between other club athletes and reducing their scores.
With six laps, the leading Men soon lapped the back markers. With the club just making the five scoring athletes, all in the mid-race positions, they had to concentrate to know where they were in the race.
Kyle Chapman was the first home at 47th, Paul Wright 62nd and should be in the top three M60 veterans, Wayne Glanville 64th, Darren Squires 75th and John Horton 83rd.
The day finished with a team win and a local athlete at the front of the girls. This was another combined gender race for the Under 15 Boys and Girls. Sam Bray was the only male athlete from the club, finishing 8th.
The three Newquay & Par Girls just squeezed home in front by one point over Exeter Harriers, who are second in the table, to improve their third placing currently.
Lily England finished fifth, Ami Brown seventh and Calla Sweetzer-Sturt 10th.
Out in front for the girls was Sian Temple from Wadebridge, who won for her Tavistock club.
And she looks to have done enough to have already won the U15 title with two wins and two second places but could still have this snatched away from her if the winner of the first two races competes and wins the last two.