Emma Withers reports:
Teamwork was the agenda of the day for the u17 and u15 Bristol and West boys who travelled to Mansfield for the National Cross Country Championships. Leaving Bristol at the more civilised time of 8am and arriving on site with plenty of time to spare, the boys set to work assembling the tent, pinning on numbers and taking the lead in their own warm up …Dave Bedwell and Dave Hart have certainly instilled this level of independence and self sufficiency which will be sure to take these boys far into the Junior and Senior men’s competition in due course.
Fred Hawker (9.47) led out the A team, accompanied by Otto Kingston (11.11) running the A leg independently. The first leg is a lesson in elbows up and stay on your feet and both achieved this. Running in true determined style for their first year in this age group. Second leg saw Luke Iles, nursing a dislocated knuckle, (10.42) but keeping a cool head in the chaos of the changeovers. Lewis Adamson battled out last leg, showing true grit and a must finish attitude (11.07) bringing the A team into 59th place.
A change in timetable brought the u15 boys forward by 15 mins, thankfully noted on the event programme, Jay Akbar (7.11) and Will Chapman (8.28) joined a busy start line up, they were off with much pushing, shoving and falling over. Both boys remained upright and set off with intent, second leg saw Joseph Hull (7.41) achieving a smooth change over and a personal best. On final leg, Amos Kingston (8.14) with accompanying smile and a 23 second pb on this course, bringing the A team home in 86th position.
Great individual performances by all these young athletes, embracing the experience of such high level competition. They were a pleasure to take to this event and we are looking forward to the Gwent League at Pembrey this weekend.