Gwent League Cross-Country Pontypool 9.2.19
Chris Elson, stalwart Gwent League team manager, reports on the action.
The women star again on a somewhat undulating course! Charlotte T-G, despite taking a small off course detour, majestically led the field home, followed by Amy Partridge 3rd, Issy Talbot-Price 5th, Catie O’Donaghoe 6th & Ellen Harrison 9th. This result is their 2nd best in the League in the last 10 or more years. Super-vets Sarah Everitt & Clare Jolliffe were 15th & 17th , with Sorrell Walsh 28th, Emma Jolliffe 34th & Nicky Hodges (W45) 55th. Tracy Allen (W55) led the C team home in 70th, Jenny Anderson had a good run in 72nd while Haley Bennett was pleased with her best run in the league for a while in 80th , Fleur Cockley (W45) was 87th & Debbie Hunt (W40) was 95th. Anna Ford finished 106, & Ali Hurford (W55) 132.
The blokes too look likely to be first team. The race started with a bit of a downer with Owain having to pull out with a tendon popping (don’t panic Mike he was walking afterwards). However, Andy Watt had a stormer in 6th, Jed Barlett making his B&W AC debut was 9th, Maciej Bialogonski returning after illness was 13th, Joe Ballard produced another impressive run in 16th & M40 Graham Breen made up the A team in 29th. Alberto Beltran led the B team home in 30th followed by Dave Eagon 50th, M45 Darren Garmen 56th, M45 Andy Molloy 70th & Sam Bentley with his best league finish in 72nd. Brad Pontin led the C team home in 81st, Kieran Batty was 84th, Jon Bennett 89th, M40 steeplechaser Tim White 98th & Dan Titheradge 117th. For the D team M45 Mark Taylor was 118th, Sokol Duli 124th, M40 Paul Jefferson 126th, M45 Bill Hull 153 & Kryszstof Wanat, who warmed up at the Eastville Parkrun with a 23 min clocking, 240th.