Gwent League Round-Up

24 Nov

Two matches in and with the third due in Brecon on Saturday 6th December 2014 it is time to see where club members stand after two races.

The Under-11 Boys are being led by Aidan Oscroft who finished eighth in Cardiff in 7:13 and is also eighth overall after two races. Joseph Hull was twenty-eighth at Cardiff in 7:44, Amos Kingston was fifty-third in 8:18 with Beck Harding Hill fifty-ninth in 8:33. There were 88 finishers at Cardiff so the youngsters are getting good depth in their races. The team is currently in eighth place on 441 points but I am sure Alison Hurford is working on this.

The Under-13 Boys were led home by Nathan Marchant in sixth place in 8:46 and not too far off third place, Jack Bannister was thirtieth in 9:14 with Otto Kingston forty-third in 9:38. Fenn Willoughby (seventy-second in 10:24), Harry Hughes (seventy-fifth in 10:28), Robert Kiekuth (eighty-third in 10:48) and Flynn Baker (eighty-fourth in 10:50) put in good performances for the team, which was fifth team on the day and is also in fifth place overall. Nathan is in sixth place overall but is only six points off second – you can bet Ali will be encouraging all of this team for a good performance at Brecon to put them right in the mix.

The Under-15 Boys were led by Hugh Sadler who showed great racing maturity to work through and finish fourth in Cardiff in 15:04 having nearly taken third on the run-in. With Hugh having missed the first race our overall best performer is Anton Mills who finished seventh in Cardiff in 15:23  and is fifth overall on 109 points (only 9 behind the leader). Otis Harding Hill is also well placed in the overall standings (eighth on 94 points) after finishing twentieth at Cardiff (16:11). Cardiff was a disappointing team performance as only three ran (those who did race ran well) but the team are second overall on 306 points and if Dave Bedwell can field his best team at Brecon they are very capable of finishing well up in the team standings at the end of the season. Cardiff are already 123 points clear on 429 points and that looks like too big a gap to close but you never know.

The Under-17 men were led home by Henry Cochrane in  fourteenth place in 23:02, with Jack Flowers thirty-second in 25:50 and Billy Cochrane  thirty-eighth in 27:37. The team is currently lying eighth on 89 points.

The club hasn’t run any under-20 men so far this season but then only 5 clubs have and there were only 20 in the race at Cardiff.

The Senior Men’s performances have been well documented by Team Manager Chris Elson – the ‘A’ team are second overall on 3,672 points behind Swansea on 3,788 and in front of Bridgend who are on 3,622.  The team is being led by Richard Weeks who is third equal overall on 74 points and Jarlath McKenna who is fifth overall on 761 points. In the V60 category Dave Bedwell is lying second on 185 points just seven behind the category leader.

The Under-13 girls team had Claudia Spice finish sixty-fifth in 10:45 in Cardiff with Molly Orchard eighty-eighth in 11:31 the clubs other competitor. Both are newcomers to the sport and it will be great to see how they progress at Brecon with the experience of a race behind them. The team was stronger in the first match at Bridgend and are twentieth overall with 236 points.

The Under-15 girls also had two competitors at Cardiff with Nancy Dineen twenty-seventh in 18:25 and Olivia Crofts thirty-third in 18:37. With 179 points from the two matches the Under-15 girls are in fifteenth place.

So far the club hasn’t fielded any under-17 or under-20 ladies in a Gwent League race this year – coach Dave Taylor will no doubt be working on it as there were certainly some running in recent schools championships.

The performances of the Senior Ladies are well documented already but just to re-cap the ‘A’ team sits proudly at the head of the standings with 2,253 points with Swansea in second place on 2,136. Individually with two second place finishes behind different winners Jasmine Finney leads the individual standings on 467 points with Grace France in sixth place on 448 points. Clare Jolliffe is leading the F45 standings on 421 points.

Full race results can be found at http://www.gwent-league.org.uk/2014/rindx14.htm.

So get behind your team managers and where we are doing well let’s reinforce those positions and where our first two matches have been a bit shaky let’s get people out and start moving up the leader board.

Keith Brackstone Reports