Full individual and team results from the Gwent League are now available on the Gwent league web-site at http://www.gwent-league.org.uk/ . Team highlight was the Senior Women’s overall win with 3,728 points from Westbury Harriers on 3,698 as they turned a 24 point deficit into a 30 point winning margin at the final fixture.
After several seasons of not paying the League much attention the Senior Men were in Division Two of the league which they duly won with 6,019 points as they finished second overall behind Les Croupiers who scored 6,373 points. Our novice boys finished eleventh team having only got going part-way through the season. Despite Ali’s commitment and a lot of drive and determination from her under-13s they finished third on 904 points behind North Somerset Athletic Club (1,044 points) and Wells City Harriers (955 points). In the under-15 boys the club finished second with 604 points behind Wells City Harriers who scored 661 points. The under-20 men were very sparse and the club finished second with 115 points, only one point behind Stroud & District.
In the under-13 girls race our embryonic team finished fourth which will delight Dave Taylor and Henrietta Anstey who were supporting this age group for the first time. The under-17 girls were disappointing with the team finishing in eighth place when we have sufficient individual athletes to challenge if they had turned out.
Individually Charlotte Green was an excellent third overall in the Senior Women’s competition in her first year of cross-country running. Sarah Everitt was second in the F35 category (having crossed into the F45 category during the season. Viv McConnell was a clear winner of the F55 category. In the Senior Men’s events Dave Bedwell was second V55 as the club’s only individual winner.
In the under-13 boys Anton Mills was highest placed; finishing seventh with 252 points. Kyle Haynes was ninth with 241 points. Corey Haynes finished a very creditable third place in the under-15 boys with 174 points. Kieron Dunkley (5th with 159 points) and Billy Cochrane (8th with 138 points) also made the top 10 individuals in their age group.
Kieron Young was the club’s sole winner taking the under-20 Men’s category with 91 points.
Eloise Browne finished sixth in the under-13 girls category with 297 points. Miranda Sadler placed fifth in the under-17 girl’s competition with 69 points. Victoria Kenny’s two wins gave her fourth place overall in the under-20 women with 50 points.
All-in-all it was a successful season given the club’s recent history in the event. Those of us who team managed this year hope that those teams and individuals who tasted success over the 2012/2013 winter will be back for more starting on Saturday 19th October 2013 at Pontypool and will encourage other club members to participate and produce an even stronger showing in the coming cross-country season.