Pembrey Park was the setting for the final race of the Gwent League series. A mere 2 hours (roughly) drive saw us at this beautiful setting complete with sand dunes which all girls seemed to enjoy.
Niamh Roe finished sixty-seventh and made a storming finish to overtake near the end cheered on by several other team members which was a nice start to the day.
Alice Bridger-Morales was sixth on the day and won the individual Bronze over all. Alice led the team well with Grace Ashurst in ninth place making two top ten finishers, Olivia Hussey in fifteenth and Danni Sinclair in sixteenth ensured another strong and consistent team performance to secure a well earned Silver Team medal overall.
Making up the points for the ‘B’ team were Carmen Chance Munoz in twenty-second place (her best run on the season), Grace Claridge was twenty-seventh , the ever improving Jemima Dutton was thirty-second and Poppy Radford finished forty-fourth. Isabelle Parke in forty-fifth was one place behind. This was a good turn out from the girls and a really solid end to the season.
Nelly Bridger-Morales in twenty-second led the team home with Elle Radford in thirty-fourth place, then not far behind Grace Evans finished thirty-sixth (her best run of the season) making for another consistent team performance.
Under-17/Under-20 Ladies (these are combined results, not yet filtered for age category):
Alice Davies finished first (and also took the overall individual Gold) and looked strong throughout the race pretty much leading all the way, Olivia Burton finished third (taking overall individual Silver) and put in a strong second half of the race moving through the field for a good finish, Lizzie Plews finished eighth and maintained good form throughout with Emily Moore in twelfth place with a strong run making sure the young ladies won the Team event on the day and on the last race of the season took the Gold from Cardiff. Well done all and thoroughly deserved.
Team Manager’s Thoughts:
I am pleased with numbers on the whole from many of the girls to make races. It was lovely to see the Under-17 women take Gold with the last race of the season alongside the Under-13’s and their Silver medal. Many of the girls all deserve medals for their commitment this season in all winds and weathers. The team spirit strengthens each year with all supporting each other in the different age groups which is lovely to see.
The addition of Alan Thomas’ girls has added some extra depth and quality to the teams for which we have clearly seen the results this year.
The track season is coming up and I am keen to see the girls try out some different races and events. There is a nucleus of talented young athletes at the club and we need to ensure they continue to develop but that we also are adding to the group new girls who want to train and ultimately compete for the club. We will be adding two strong Novice runners to our Under-13s and a few Under-13s will now progress up to add strength to the Under-15s.
On a personal note I am sad to see Emily Moore and Olivia Crofts move on to train with the ladies under Dave Taylor. I have trained with and coached these two for around 6 years and have enjoyed seeing them develop and progress. I know they will be well looked after, and can go with a Team Gold medal, bronze and Avon Schools hoodies amongst their possessions.
Paul Owen Reports