Ali Hurford reports on the lads’ trip to Mansfield on 2nd November…
Despite the tricky conditions underfoot a young and inexperienced u13boys team ran with true conviction to finish leading junior team from the club at this extremely popular event.
This race nearly always clashes with half term holidays, bonfire night parties and in the case of Ali’s army certain wedding festivities along with overnight illness so we were not quite at full strength.
The A team consisted of Joey Taylor (8.53) who not only forgot to bring his spikes he also lost a trainer in the bog while walking the course. After 15 minutes of searching we gave up but thankfully we borrowed a pair of trail shoes for him to race in.
Next out for the A team was Ronnie Wilmott (7.58) who was clearly on a mission running a 38 second pb from last year. The anchor leg was down to Alex Auton Green ( 8.19) who made up 13 places to finish the team in 54th position.
The B team was unfortunately incomplete as Vijay was ill overnight but I am sure he will be wanting to make amends at the next Gwent league as I know how much he enjoys taking part.
So it was down to Max Finning (8.54) to run first leg & keeping to my advice he ran his best race this season finishing just one second behind our A team. Hopefully his next race will seem him wearing his characteristic red shorts which unfortunately failed to make their way to Mansfield so Max made do with his leggings which at least kept his legs clean.
Felix Pearson (9.14) ran a very competitive leg passing 11 other teams on his way to the finish where he reunited with the rest of the group to cheer our A team in the closing stages.
Every year I debate about this fixture due to the date, venue and costs involved with entries and travel expenses but for some reason I keep going back because clearly the athletes really enjoy the event.
This year the journey up due to the rugby coverage kept us all entertained & on the way back a vast amount of food was consumed at a certain service station on the M5 where we are quite well known now.
We are all now gearing up to take on the Welsh at Pembury Park next Saturday.