The ploy of a festive tent, Christmas lucky dip plus the usual abundance of cake seemed to work its seasonal magic as all 18 lads turned out for their respective team.
The overall improvement from the u11s resulted in a move up from 7th position in to the bronze position, but only just. We will need to keep our finger on the pulse at the remaining 2 fixtures.
As a result of great team spirit the u13s finished second on the day & have further consolidated the bronze position moving away from Cardiff but we still need to keep it together for the rest of the season.
Leading in the team was Oisin O Halloran (9) who was the Avon bronze medalist at last weeks tri counties. Gradually moving through the field was Tom White (24) who had given his all in a school race the previous day. Having his best race to date Eddie Bent (28) managed to stay on his feet & keep his laces tied up so third time lucky. Rufus Hull (46) was clearly on a mission & is starting to make a big impact on the team result. Providing useful back up Alfie England (72) continues to combine running with his swimming training & he is looking more confident at every race.
The scoring team consisted of Ronnie Wilmott(9) clearly still on a high after his victory at the Avon xc champs a week ago. This set things up well for Zac Cox (10) who thankfully has recovered from falling off his bike quite badly a couple of weeks ago. Fantastic team packing from Alex Auton Green(11) who has shown real consistency all season meant we needed just one more Bristol vest to show up soon. So it was down to new recruit Harry Harvey (28) who was a real star & listened well to my pre race advice & it certainly paid dividends
The B team packed really well starting with Joey Taylor (34) just holding off a fast finishing Vijay Bakrania (35) who also played his role well as team captain on the day. Never far behind & giving his all was Daniel Jarrold (44) followed very closely by Barney Thomas (47) who has made real progress since Pembrey .
Leading the c team in was Max Finning (48) looking an awful lot happier than his race at Bath last week. His finish is something to behold. Felix Pearson (51) continues to improve & clearly enjoys being part of this lively group. It was good to have Oliver Draper back in the team after a break from competing & finally Ben Pocock (57) now looking much more comfortable after thinking about music terminology whilst running ( legato) springs to mind.
Our final finisher was Walter Davies(66) who has very recently become part of Alis Army so full marks for turning out & giving it a go.
Our next big race is the Midland xc champs at the end of Jan. So we have plenty of time to enjoy some festive running over the next couple of weeks before we starting getting back in the zone for the remaining fixtures next year.
If any one wishes to have a social run on Christmas eve we will be at Ashton Court 10am. Please bring a mince pie & some mistletoe!