In the last week of March Oliver Fox (Medicine, 2015) travelled to Aarhus, Denmark as a member of the Senior Men's British Team. There at the World Cross Country Championships Oliver finished 58th in the world cross country classification. Upon his return from the World Championships he reflected on his achievement:
"The World Championships had been declining in popularity primarily because it was being held in far flung cities such as Guiyang (2015) and Kampala (2017). However, this year they were a reinvigorated and imaginative version of previous years with some 15000 spectators lining the course, live BBC coverage and one of the most brutal races any of the British team had done. Being one of 6 selected for the British team was daunting. A couple of us are younger, whilst others are in their late 20’s and it was a privilege to compete in the same race as some of the most well-known athletes in sport. I think this photo was taken just as I had overtaken the USA’s 4th counting scorer. He competed for Team USA in Rio so I suspect that’s why I’m starting to look round in surprise. Beating athletes like this is hugely motivational, but also humbling when you realise how much work it takes to become as good as the athletes at the front end. It was also great fun to meet Seb Coe and Paula Radcliffe afterwards, both of whom were keener than expected to get involved with a student style party."
Photo credit: Emmie Collinge and Phil Gale