Ali’s Army Deliver In Wales: Ali Hurford reports…
Although I forgot to drape the prayer flags round the tent, the gods were kindly looking down on us. The plan was to start the season on the front foot & all the lads gave it their best shot.
The u11s was a very competitive race as Oisin O’Halloran (14) who is now well accomplished in his second season, just missed out on a top 10% T shirt. Finishing in exactly the same time was Tom White (15) who was representing the club for the first time so what a great way to start. Slightly further back Eddie Bent (52) who not only being young in the age group suffered an unfortunate fall & likewise Rufus Hull (81) also fell victim to the fast & furious start. Both these lads will fare much better next time round as long as they stay on their feet. Our final finisher was Alfie England (98) who has recently joined the squad & is going from strength to strength & providing excellent back up to the team.
This was a large race with 130 boys finishing, 45 teams completing so our team position of 7th was an excellent start to a busy season.
The u13 team consisted of several lads who have been with the group for several seasons plus 4 boys who have not competed at this level before, so very much into the unknown for all of us.
After a couple of very successful recent road relay races it was no surprise to see Zachary Cox (11) run a very well paced race & finish just inside the top 10%. Training partner Alex Auton Green (18) was not far behind & as both these lads are young in the age group this early excellent result really bodes well for the future.
An ever improving Ronnie Wilmott (26) had the race of his life & along with a very reliable Vijay Bakrania (36) who closed in the scoring A team.
Joey Taylor (41) was first in for the B team & will be fighting hard next time to improve his position amongst his training partners. I am sure it will be very close again & I would not want to call it. Max Fining (60) just got the better of Daniel Jarrold (61) in a very close finish & this competitive running makes for a great team result. Ben Pocock (100) closed in the B team & he really kept it together for the entirety of the race such is the ethos of the group.
This particular age group is extremely competitive with 113 finishers. As a result of sheer hard work & determination we finished in 3rd position but only by 1 point. Cardiff are right behind us so we can show no weakness at the second fixture on Sat 9th Nov but whatever happens there will be plenty of cake afterwards.