Bristol & West enjoy Gwent League in Blaise Castle – Saturday 1st December 2012

01 Dec

The women exceeded expectations at the Gwent League held in Blaise Castle on Saturday 1st December 2012 to the delight of the B&W AC contingent. Annabel Grainger led the team home in a strong field both in quality and depth. The team then packed in with the Bristol vest gleaming in the sunlight always a glorious sight. Marie Kirton and Anna Burton made their debut appearances with club stalwarts Diana Kennedy and Charlotte Green completing the A team, which we think was first on the day. The vets starred led by Viv McConnell, Sarah Everitt, Clare Joliffe, Nicky Bromhall and Alison Engledew who really put in a stellar performance on the day, some improvement from a 26 minute debut Park run 5K in March last year!
Women’s A team finishers:
8th Annabel Grainger (V35), 13 Marie Kirton, 14 Anna Burton, 16 Diana Kennedy, 22 Charlotte Green
B team finishers:
23 Viv McConnell (V55), 28 Sarah Everitt (V45), 33 Julia Belyavin, 36 Clare Joliffe (V45), 50 Aimee Davies
C team finishers:
55 Nicky Bromhall (V50), 80 Claire Sapwell (V40), 82 Alison Engledew (V50), 87 Becci Colquhoun.

The men’s team was hit by illness thus resulting in late withdrawals. Owain Jones marked his return from prolonged and serious achilles tendon trouble to finish 8th with master vet Phil Parry next. Good packing should ensure that we are in the top 6 teams on the day – watch this spot.
A team
8 Owain Jones, 27 Phil Parry (V45), 54 Nick Taviner, 57 Huw Jones, 59 Mark Edwards
B Team
88 Paul Jefferson, 95 Andy Malloy (V40), 100 Peter Gandon, 103 Dave Bedwell (V55), 123 Colin Traer
C team
143 Mark Grace, 149 Peter Mountain (V55), 191 Gary Jenning (V55).

Henrietta Anstey team managed the under-13 girls and their results were: Eloise Browne 6th, Molly Woolfson 18th, Isobel Leeming 27th, Olivia Crofts 42nd, Emily Moore 45th and Amber West 54th. Eloise (what a finish) is proving consistent with a well paced run pulling her through from 10th to finish 6th – much to the delight of Coach Dave Taylor – and leading the U13 girls team home – well done to the Team, most of whom are very new to the sport.

Alison Hurford reports that it was a mixed day for the under- 13 boys. Hugh Sadler had a great run and he now has restored his confidence. Anton and Kyle ran reasonably well without showing their best form and Dan Marchant ran well being a year younger than the other lads and he has great potential. 

Under-13 Boys:  Hugh Sadler – 3rd, Kyle Haynes – 18th, Anton Mills – 19th, Dan Marchant – 51st.

The under-11 boys enjoyed themselves and Nathan Marchant shows great promise. Under-11 Boys:  Nathan Marchant – 24th, Robert Kiekuth – 49th.

In the Under-11 girls twins Jess and Abi White finished 14th and 15th respectively.

Dave Bedwell’s Under-15 boy’s team performed very strongly with four in the first 14 and must be well placed as a team – there was also fine backing up from George Green and new comers Jack Flowers and Sam Clompus.
Under 15 Boys
Corey Haynes 5th
Kieran Dunkley 9th
Harry Leeming 13th
Billy Cochrane 14th
George Green 26th
Jack Flowers 34th
Sam Clompus 42nd
In the under-20s race Kieran Young finished 7th and Miles Chandler 11th.

Dave Taylor reports that it was pleasing to see a much more committed run from Miranda who finished a very creditable fourth in the under-17 ladies race, whilst Jess proved that she is well on her way back to her best finishing 15th in the under-15s race with Ellie Evans in 30th.

All-in-all a really good showing by the club – let’s hope we can repeat this level of performance in the County Championships at Bath University next Sunday and then again at the South-West Championships at Bicton Park on Sunday 6th January 2013 – to get the New Year off to a flying start.