Emma Withers reports…
The journey to Pembrey Country Park on Saturday felt like a repeat performance of last weeks trip to Mansfield with torrential rain making challenging driving conditions. Fortunately when we arrived the sun came out and stayed (mostly) dry for the races.
10 u15 boys set off on the 3.6k route around the park, including sand dune! Leading us home, becoming a reliable fixture in this team, Eoin O Halloran in 14th place (12.46). It was so pleasing to see Amos Kingston enjoying the undulating terrain and knocking a whole minute off last years performance, in 27th place (13.14). Ishmael Bradley, who got caught in a traffic jam on the way, arrived just in time for a quick warm up and was 3rd Bristol and West boy home in 33rd position (13.31). Next up, Fred Cummins, who had a much more positive race this time following advice from his physio, in 37th place, (13.42), completing the A team. Leading the B team in, Joseph Hull, having had an extra early start in order for younger brother, Rufus to compete in the u13 race came in at 48th place, (14.02) with Jacob Franklin hot on his heels in 49th position, (14.05) even having time for a thumbs up for his photo. 52nd place, saw Misha Evans, wrestling with a stitch half way round 14.12 and Tomek Czerepinski running steadily into 66th place 14.58, completed the Bristol and West B team. Alex Robertson in 72nd place, looked more at home this week not slipping and sliding in the mud (15.25) and Joe McNamara working hard in 77th place,16.30 completed our C team. The u15 boys remain in 7th position overall.
The u17 boys had a long wait to race at 14.10 and used their time productively cheering on their u15 team mates. With both coaches, Dave Bedwell and Dave Hart racing with the Senior Ladies, the boys led their own comprehensive warm up. Oliver Harper, first home in 7th place 16.02, putting on an exciting sprint finish with team mate, Rufus Thomas in the last 200m and pipping Rufus to the line by 1 second, Rufus in 8th place, 16.03. Jay Akbar glided into 26th place, 17.46 and completing the team, James Casling 32nd place 18.23, just 7 seconds in front of team mate, Otto Kingston in 34th place, 18.30. James showing us an impressive fast finish in the home straight.
The u17 boys have moved into 3rd position overall.
We are hoping to have all our boys out on the start line at Blaise Castle in 4 weeks time so we can improve/retain those positions. We would also like to take the time to remember the Junior Boys team mate Jack Bannister, who we sadly lost in a road traffic accident in May 2018 and who would have been 17 on the 10th November. Our thoughts as always go out to his family.