Gwent League #2 – Pembrey Park: u13, u15 and u17 girls

Paul Owen reports:

Pembrey (‘Pembray’ as I am reliably informed by my welsh friend) 2018

U13

After a 2 hour rain fest drive to beautiful Pembrey the girls lined up and true to form the skies opened again and the winds blew. This didn’t put the girls off however as they all ran hard with some promising performances. Fleur Hayden 26 still relatively new to the club and training was first in, this was her first official race and should be pleased with this. Katie Beech 44 Worked hard and has plenty more to come in time. Olivia Tar 73 ran a steady race throughout and worked hard to the finish. Ruby Claridge 76 admitted she didn’t enjoy it (not sure who did?) however can’t fault her effort and kept going. Niamh Roe 79 also ran a steady yet determined race.

U15

It remained windy but at least it wasn’t raining for this race. Megan Hornung 7 ran a very progressive and consistent race with a strong finish that enabled her to sneak ahead of Danni Sinclair 8 in the latter part of the race. Danni also ran a good strong race giving us two top ten places. Amy Nichols 26 just fell away from the lead pack today at the start but then managed to maintain form to finish a creditable 26th and will only get stronger. Grace Claridge 36 was strong and steady throughout ensuring the team will have scored well today. Carmen Chance 44 also was a strong and steady runner and well inside the top 50.

U17

Claudia Spice 8 (U17 tbc) was running very strongly until around half way then found the extra distance a little too much to maintain that pace. However, she stuck at it well and will be one of the top U17 girls. It takes a little time to step up competing at around 3.6km to just over 5km.

All the girls have different abilities, yet all did their best. Often it is about individual goals and not judging yourselves against others. For example, if you finish in the 70’s what would be your goal for the next race? Top 50/60? If you finish in the top ten what would it take to break in to the top 5, can you do this next race or by the end of the season? Setting your own realistic goals both for next race and the season will help you enjoy the races more and take off or reduce unnecessary pressure.

The course! It was a little rainier for the junior girls…

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