Emma Withers reports:
Six u15 and four u17 boys headed to Pontypool on a somewhat blustery morning for the 4th race out of five Gwent Leagues. After the testing conditions in Bryn Bach Parc, the boys welcomed the somewhat challenging course and hills by the leisure centre, thankful that it remained dry whilst they were running. The motto for the day was ‘what goes up must come down!’
First home for the u15 boys was Jay Akbar, who worked hard to maintain his position (15). Hot on his heels, Joseph Hull, (16). Next up, with only a small gap, Cole Edmonds (20) and Tom Beech (23). Jacob Roe, looking strong and just returning from an enforced break after breaking his collar bone playing rugby(28). The ‘always’ smiling Amos Kingston completed the teams (33). The u15 boys move up one position and are currently 5th in the league table.
The four u17 boys took to the course late in the day. First home was Fred Hawker, breaking in to the top ten for the first time this season in 10th position. Fred was followed in by Luke Iles (18) with a strong finish in the home stretch. Nathan Marchant looking determined (25) and Otto Kingston, who struggled with painful knees on the downhill, completed the team (37). The u17 boys are currently 6th in the league table.
The borrowed tent was unfortunately not robust enough for Welsh cross-country conditions and, at one point, took to the skies all of its own accord. It did, however, offer us shelter and a game of ‘how many athletes can you fit in one tent’ when the rain poured down!!