Ali Hurford reports…
It must have been something I said in the team speech on the minibus, or perhaps what they all ate for breakfast, but something worked. The first team finishing 16th was a very pleasant surprise plus 5 Pb’s along the way.
Once all 8 boys finally climbed out of the tree, the serious work of getting in the zone began. Thankfully everything went to plan & once the race was over the very necessary job of eating lunch commenced while I waited for the results.
After the usual post mortem many of the lads are now aware that next year they will be even stronger and that if we can keep this up, next season could be very exciting.
Once again Zac Cox (14.46) ran a very consistent and well paced race, showing great maturity especially as this is his first year racing at this level. Ronnie Wilmott (15.30) took over on stage 2 and well deserved his place in the first team running a PB of 34sec. The final leg was all down to Alex Auton Green (14.56) who made up 8 places and ran so hard his legs were quite stiff the following day. Finishing 16th with such a young team was very encouraging.
I decided to give Vijay Sanjeer (16.02) a shot at running a PB by placing him on first leg and it clearly worked by 21 sec. Joey Taylor (16.23) thankfully did not fall over this time and ran another very consistent race on the second stage before handing over to Max Finning (17.21) who closed in the team for 42nd but definitely had the loudest cheer in the finishing straight due to his wonderful Naruto signature effect in the closing stages. I feel I will need to refine this a little before the next race.
The first stage is always very fast so Felix Pearson (17.35) ran very sensibly at the back of the pack and in doing so also recorded a PB by 13sec which should give him great encouragement for the rest of the season. Likewise Ben Pocock (18.25) on the second stage keeps chipping away at his times so we ended the race on yet another PB. Although we did not have a third leg runner both of these lads gave it their best shot.
We are now all gearing up for the Gwent League on Saturday and confident we can put on a competitive performance to try and get ahead of our Welsh rivals!