U11 girls – Simon Jones reports
It was a fantastic day out for the under 11 girls at a surprisingly sunny Chepstow racecourse; a fantastic venue for a Gwent League match! It is superb to report that we had 6 girls running; our highest in cross country for a long time. Gabi came in a brilliant 7th, running herself into joint 6th on the league for the season, closely followed by Holly a second behind in 10th, now 10th overall in the league. Mairi made her debut in a brilliant 22nd, with Phoebe running solidly into 25th, and Amira in 29th. Primrose finished in 66th; another fine debut in a field of 116. As a team, the girls improved their score from match 3 by 10 points finishing 3rd on the day and going into the final match in 5th overall, with an outside chance of 3rd place. The future of Bristol and West is bright!
U15 girls – Paul Owen reports
On a glorious sunny day at Chepstow races I had the pleasure of being honorary team manager today and reuniting with girls I recently coached. We had 3 girls left from an Avon Schools depleted team. However proving the strength in depth we had Fleur Hayden with a really solid and consistent run coming in 5th showing that she is back to her best (or very near) next up was Molly Thomas also showing a return to form with 9th place working really hard throughout. 3rd in was Sophi Hayes in 15th who ran incredibly given she’d been suffering hip pain throughout. I am confident this performance has ensured that the team are in a great position for the final race to secure a silver medal. Sadly no 4th team member. Great efforts from the girls today who did themselves and their coach proud.
Feedback was generally that it was a good venue. I liked the ease of the car park and close proximity. Good facilities. Tent area with good view on to the course. If the weather had been awful then there was plenty of shelter in the stands where people could watch the end parts of the race.