There were 425 finishers across all the races at the Tri-County Cross-Country held at Bath University on Sunday 11th December 2016. The conditions were far more favourable than on the Saturday when just two hardy souls set up the course. Given that these championships encompass three counties Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire this is a disappointingly low level of turnout.
Three of the 25 finishers were from Bristol & West with Fred CUMMINS ninth in the race winning the Avon County Silver medal in 7:39, Ishmael BRADLEY was not far behind in twelfth place in 7:44 with Ronnie WILMOTT our third finisher in 22nd place in 8:14.
Alice BRIDGER-MORALES was our first finisher in this age group in fourth place in 11:18 which gave her the bronze medal in the Avon Championships. Behind her new member Clementine HOULDEN finished 26th in 12:41. There were 33 finishers.
Rufus THOMAS finished eighth in 10:16 in the race but must be frustrated after finishing one second behind Seamus Robinson of Westbury Harriers who took the Avon title. Still it is nice to collect an Avon Silver medal so early in your running career. Behind him Aidan OSCROFT took the Avon Bronze Medal as he finished thirteenth overall in 10:31. Joe MEAD looks to be returning to his form from early in 2015 as he finished sixteenth in 10:37 with Cole EDMONDS 23rd in 11:05, Beck HARDING-HILL 24th in 11:13, Jay AKBAR 26th in 11:23, Jacob ROE 29th in 11:44, Joseph HULL 32nd in 11:56 with Amos KINGSTON 33rd in 12:00. Further back Zac ROE (41st in 12:40) and Harry CONSTABLE (42nd in 12:44) completed Ali’s army of 11 out of a field of forty-six.
There were only eighteen runners in this age group with the Alan Thomas coached Duo of Rosie WHITEHEAD and Nelly BRIDGER-MORALES the sole representatives from the club. Rosie finished sixth in 15:15 with Nelly fourteenth in 16:37.
Luke ILES led home the Bristol & West contingent of four runners in this field of 37 athletes as he finished in sixteenth place in 14:11. Behind him Fred HAWKER finished twentieth in 14:25, Flynn BAKER finished twenty-second in 14:31 and Robert KIEKUTH was thirty-first of the thirty-seven finishers in 15:14.
Under-17 and Under-20 Ladies
There were only 20 athletes in this combined age group with Alice DAVIES first home for the club as she took the Somerset under-17 title as she finished fourth overall in 18:05. Seventh place for Olivia BURTON was good enough for the Avon under-17 bronze medal in 18:22, while Elizabeth PLEWS finished fourteenth in the race in 20:05.
Under-17 and Under-20 Men
This race took place over three of the short (1.9k) loops and for two laps under-20 Ben Jones of Taunton led Hugh SADLER at one stage by as much as 15 metres but on the final lap Hugh forged ahead to win and take the race as well as the Avon Under-17 title in 18:39; 13 seconds clear of the runner-up.
Senior and Veteran Ladies
Having seen twenty-five club ladies start the Gwent League the previous week it was disappointing that only four finished the Tri-County. Julia BELYAVIN was first club athlete home in fourth place which gave her the Avon Silver medal in 26:19. Behind her Ellen HARRISON (seventh in 26:43) and Imogen PECK (ninth in 27:03 ) packed well before Anna PEARCE closed the team in finishing fourteenth in 28:48. Team Bath packed strongly on their home course and that left the club ladies in second place in the Tri-County Team positions.
Senior and Veteran Men
The longest race of the day over one short and three long laps saw a race long tussle between Ben ROBINSON and Simon Nott of Calne Running Club with Ben eventually running out the winner by 12 seconds in 34:12. Behind him Rob STEWART and Maciej BIALOGONSKI also had a race long battle as Rob finished fourteenth (36:10) and Maciej fifteenth in 36:13 . Behind them Gary STANDINGER was producing his usual solid run and moved through the field until he was not far behind Rob and Maciej as he finished seventeenth in 36:35. it was the two vets Matt ROBINSON (thirty-first in 38:26) and Anthony ROPER (forty-third in 40:04) who completed the scoring six as the team took Tri-County Silver medals – again behind Team Bath. Tom WATKINS finished forty-seventh of the eighty-five finishers in 40:38.
A full list of results is below.