Emma Withers reports…
‘running like Jack’
14 boys headed down to Pembrey with their parents on Saturday. The weather certainly tested our driving skills, but luckily seemed to hold off for each race. With remembrance Sunday the following day, we had our own moment of reflection as we gathered to remember Jack Bannister. Jack was a promising cross country runner and competed for Bristol and West u13 and u15 boys. Jack sadly died in a road traffic accident in May this year. It would have been Jack’s 16th birthday on Saturday and we ‘ran like Jack’ to remember him.
Our u15 boys headed out at 12.40. Leading the pack was Rufus Thomas (6) in 12.09 earning a new Gwent League t-shirt, followed by the ever-reliable Jay Akbar (25) in 13.21. Not far behind Joseph Hull (34) 13.46 with support from Dad, Bill. Daniel Beech returning to running after a break (37) 13.56 sprinted to the finish and was not letting sibling, Tom Beech, 38th 13.59 beat him across the line! Tightly packed Jacob Roe (41) 14.11 and Amos Kingston (43) 14.14 had only three seconds separating them. Will Chapman (61) 15.54 showing increased confidence the more he races, completed our u15 team.
The u17 boy’s race was combined with the u20 men and proved difficult to pace due to this. Fred Hawker led the team home in 14th place, 16.44 followed by Luke Iles 27th, 17.28. Nathan Marchant seemed to find his running mojo again, 35th, 18.06 and completing the A team, Otto Kingston 45th, 19.06. James Casling and Robert Kiekuth battled it out in the home straight (we all noted the slight ‘kink’ in the course at the end) for positions 50 and 51, 19.46 and 19.51 respectively.
Due to a computer glitch at Gwent League HQ, no team positions are available yet.
Next fixture is at Bryn Bach Park, Sunday 2nd December and we are looking forward to exploring a new course.