11 boys, u15 and u17, headed off from Bristol on a grey Sunday morning. Grateful for a fixture a little nearer to home they took on the challenge of Parc Bryn Bach (small hill in Welsh!) and the driving wind and rain.
Cole Edmonds showed his previous sore heel was not going to stop him as he battled his way to 9th position in a time of 16.31, ever reliable Joseph Hull followed in 20th position in 17.05, Joe Mead, gritted his teeth and showed his resilience in 25th position, his first Gwent League of the season, in 17.19, just seven seconds behind was Tom Beech, 26th position, 17.26 earning his place in the A team. Just one second shy of Tom, was Jay Akbar, who found the conditions particularly trying, in 27th place, 17.27. Amos Kingston, embracing the elements, just 10 seconds behind Jay, in 31st position, 17.37 and completing the u15 team, Will Chapman, showing great determination, in 49th position, 20.13. The u15 boys have retained their 6th position overall.
The u17’s, again combined with the u20 age group, followed the Senior Ladies and a certain, Dave Bedwell, making his debut in this race. The course was pretty churned up at this stage and the weather seemed to take a turn for the worse. 4 boys took to the start line, determined to stay on their feet, they knew this would not be a fast course. First home Fred Hawker, 14th position in 24.09, Nathan Marchant followed in 30th position, 26.14, James Casling in 41st position, 27.33 and completing the team, in 43rd place, 28.07 having lost his spike in the mud on every lap, Otto Kingston. Courageous boys, if they can run in those conditions they can run in anything. The u17’s are currently in 8th place overall. Everyone enjoyed a well deserved piece of Nathans birthday cake back at the tent. Our next race is the Midlands Champs on the 26th Jan.