Ali Hurford reports…
After thirteen years of coaching I am well aware of what a difficult fixture this can be to get reasonable numbers out. However despite injuries, illness & many other Christmas events all wishing for a bit of our time I was delighted to have 10 lads on the start line. This was a real credit to the commitment of the athletes & their supportive parents, also the lure of the festive tent, cakes & the usual lucky dip afterwards played its part.
Unlike last year when it snowed the weather made for good racing conditions & once I has suggested there were medals for the taking many of the lads took this to heart.This year I had a very mixed ability in the race & full marks to the slower boys who ran with conviction towards the back of the field but they continue to improve with every race.
As expected at the front was Misha Evans who ran a very well paced race along with a fine finish & he was delighted to receive Avon silver medal. Not far behind was Nick Pestell running his first cross country race for the club.Our third counter for the team was Tomek Czerepinski . So as in previous years we also came home with the team gold medal.
Once everyone was accounted for we all headed back to the tent for well deserved cake & chocolates. Some mulled wine would of gone down well, perhaps next year.