Travelling in the daylight can only mean one thing, a local match. 20 u15 boys and u17 men made the journey to Blaise Castle, the home of Westbury Harriers. With two almost full squads the mood was buoyant. With club tent set up, warm ups commenced.
Eoin O Halloran led the u15 boys out, maintaining a good position throughout the race, 15th (15.07), Ishmael Bradley showed great strength and determination in 24th position, (15.31), Ishmael’s regular training is certainly starting to pay off, improving with each race. Misha Evans and Amos Kingston battled out the next two positions, coming across the line with only 6 seconds between them, Misha (15.49) 30th and Amos 31st (15.55.) completed our first team home. Misha feeling that this had been his best race so far this season. Jay Hunt lead the second team home in style, 39th place (16.21). The ever reliable Joseph Hull took 45th position, (16.39) cheered on by Dad, Bill and brother, Rufus. Behind him relative new comer, Ollie Robertson Kurd who despite being nervous at the start, showed no nerves on the course, 48th (17.08). Jacob Franklin, who is easy to spot in the crowd with his fluorescent shorts and socks, only 10 seconds behind Ollie in 50th place (17.18) completing the second team. Alex Robertson, whose last visit to Blaise had resulted in a broken ankle, did not let this deter him, finishing strongly in 56th place, (18.58) and in 62nd place, Joe Mcnamara who continues to improve with every competition (19.54) completed our teams. The u15 team held their 7th position in the table. Second team 12th and third team 28th.
Next up, the u17 men. With almost a full squad, 9 boys set off at 2.05pm running their longest race distance yet of 5500m. Leading the boys out, Ollie Harper, Rufus Thomas and Fred Hawker packed together tightly, keeping a good pace for the first medium lap. Ollie, with the lure of a Gwent League T Shirt in his mind, finished in the top 10%, 5th overall (18.54), just 4 seconds behind, Rufus Thomas secured 7th place, (18.58). Next in with a solid performance, Fred Hawker, 12th place (19.35) and completing the first team, Jay Akbar who looked relaxed in what where good conditions for Jay, no wind, no rain in 26th place, (20.55). First home for the second team, Cole Edmonds in 32nd place (21.38), closely followed by Otto Kingston, just 10 seconds separating them, in 34th place (21.48). James Casling, with his signature 100m sprint into the finish, 46th (23.05) and Jacob Roe, only 4 seconds behind him, 47th (23.09), completing the second team. Lewis Adamson, who ran through gritted teeth having twisted his ankle early on, was determined to start and finish, in 49th position (24.11). The u17 boys move up to 2nd place in the table, second team 11th place and third team 27th.
All watched on by Steve Grant, there to get tips for the next Gwent League in Chepstow, which will be hosted by Bristol and West on Saturday 8th February.