Emma Withers reports on the boys’ efforts last weekend.
The Bristol and West u15 and u17 boys had a sense of deja vu on Saturday morning returning to Sutton Park for the National Road Relays. After an evening of last minute team changes due to injury, the final 12 (11 runners and 1 mascot) boarded the coach in the early hours. Arriving on site in good time, but in not such good weather as 2 weeks earlier. An excellent show of teamwork got the Bristol and West tent up and provided shelter for the wait until 11.50am.
Steven Kerfoot took the A team out on leg one in his first race this season. Returning from injury, Steven did well to remain upright with a start that was more like a rugby scrum (14.22) handing over to second leg runner Rufus Thomas (13.21) who last ran here in 2016, improving by almost a minute on that time. On last leg Jay Akbar (14.39) who was feeling the sudden drop in temperature from 2 weeks ago, bought the team home in 38th position. For the B team on first leg, Joseph Hull (14.36) pleased to have made a 3 second improvement from the road relays.Second leg saw Cole Edmonds for the B team (14.45), 17 seconds faster and on last leg Joe Mead, (14.47), over 30 seconds quicker and both showing increased confidence in this competition. On first leg for the C team Jacob Roe (15.17) who is steadily improving with every race, with a 35 second pbhanding over to Amos Kingston having found his smile again, (16.44), almost 2 minutes quicker than 2 weeks ago.
The teams finishing 38 and 55th, with our C team missing a third leg runner due to injury.
Next up at 12.30 were the u17 men with their mascot, Otto Kingston, travelling up to cheer them on, but not running as continuing to rest a rugby injury. Fred Hawker (13.04) set out with good intention as always and was pleased to improve his Road Relay time by 10 seconds. He is edging nearer to getting under 13 minutes any time soon. Stepping up on second leg, James Casling (14.56), only a few seconds shy of his time two weeks ago, handing over to the ever reliable Robert Kiekuth (15.57) to bring the team home in 55th position overall.
Thank you to the boys and their parents, as the mum of three teenage boys, it is never easy getting them up at 6am on a Saturday morning but they are always a lovely group to take anywhere, quiet on the way up, noisy on the way back!
These boys will take on the first Gwent League in Cardiff this weekend.