We had boys’ teams in the u13, u15 and u17 age groups at the road relays, and they all did a stirling job! We would like to point out to the senior teams that all of the boys brought their own set of 8 safety pins, rather than relying on their team manager 😉
under 13 boys – Ali Hurford reports
If there had been medals to the club for the most complete teams finishing this enthusiastic bunch would of had nothing to complain about. Despite the final results suggesting we had an incomplete E team I was witness to our very last runner crossing the finishing line. So all credit to the 15 lads and their parents whose professional approach from the moment we left Bristol made this all possible. Even all the well rehearsed change overs went to plan. For the first time ever there was no obvious A or B team and despite my best intentions I did not call it quite right as this brief account describes.
Misha who has been rapidly improving in training had a cracking race on the first leg setting the B Team off to a great start but only 6 sec behind, Ishmael never gave up for the A team.
Jay Hunt for the B team stuck to his task running a fine 2nd stage & actually ran the 3rd fastest time overall on that leg. Fred gave chase for the A team but despite his brave effort could not close the gap on the B team.
I always knew it would be close on the last leg between the teams & thanks to very competitive performances from both Tomek & Eoin the gap at the finish was just 11sec. Tomek who has not run the course before gave his all in the last 50m & was unlucky to be piped on the line into 6th place for the B Team – in the same recorded time as the 5th team, it would have been a photo finish on the track! Never giving up Eoin was closing in fast finishing in 7th position for the A team.
Naturally some of the boys are disappointed we did not bring home any medals but we were very competitive & it is the trying that matters. The national champs are in 2 weeks time & we can use this race to try & improve & hopefully put a few demons to bed.
The C,D & E Teams consisted of the younger & less experienced boys who all gave it their best shot & several performances have guaranteed a place in the national C team.
Overall the day was immensely satisfying as the positive attitude from the group is very contagious & bodes really well for the rest of the winter fixtures.
under 15 and under 17s – Emma Withers reports
The Bristol and West u15 and u17 boy’s endurance runners headed up to Birmingham’s Sutton Park on Saturday for the Midland Road Relays. 14 boys boarded the coach whilst Bristol was still sleeping.
Showing dedication for our first race of the season the u15 boys were first in the pens with Beck Harding Hill (13.34) getting close to his brother Stan’s’ times, Jay Akbar (14.22), getting steadily quicker and Will Chapman (17.17) our newest team member, battling first leg and all managing to remain on their feet. Handing over on second leg to Joseph Hull (14.39) who ran with confidence keeping 9th place, Jacob Roe (15.52) almost 30 seconds quicker than last year and Amos Kingston (18.33) seeming to have lost his usual smile on the way round. On final leg were Joe Mead (15.19) and Cole Edmonds (15.02), both focused and keeping any nerves under control. The A team finishing 12th overall, B Team, 20th and our incomplete team due to injury, running for experience, in their first year in the u15 stream.
12.25 took our u17 runners into the pen. Fred Hawker (13.14) taking exactly a minute off last years time and Lewis Adamson (15.03), coming back after some time out with injury, jostled for position on first leg, they were followed on 2nd leg, by Luke Iles (13.43), gliding around the course and Nathan Marchant (15.32) our most experienced team member. Bringing the team home James Casling (14.39) holding 15th place and Otto Kingston (16.10), carrying a rugby injury, on the final leg. The A team retained their 15th place, B team 27th overall.
First race under our belt, back in two weeks to do it all again at the National Road Relays…fingers crossed that everyone remains fit and well.