Ali’s army nearly became a battalion during the busy summer season, and as the photos show, action was the key word.
This short summary outlines some of the achievements and entertaining moments since competition began in May.
At the end of May, 15 lads kicked off in style competing in the British Milers Club Fixture at Millfield School. For some it was their first time competing on the track over 800m and they all raced with real gusto resulting in several wins, plus some fast times - especially Tom White (U13, 2:25). Ronnie Wilmott opted for the 1500m winning in style leading all the way from the gun.
Another highlight at the end of June was the medal presentations from the 2019/2020 cross country season. We were very lucky to secure the services of Major Ryan Kestle, Royal Marines, and Ironman triathlete, who took part in the earlier training session prior to presenting the medals. As is usual football and lots of cake followed, along with plenty of chat amongst the parents whose support is vital to the success of this lively group.
Despite many families catching up on family visits and holidays several boys represented the club in the Track and Field leagues racing over their preferred distance of 800m/1200m and 1500m. One or two also took part in the relays or even long jump when required. Hopefully next year there will be more opportunities at local open meetings.
The County T&F Champs at Yeovil was worth the long drive for Tom White who secured gold medal in both the U13B 800m and 1500m.
Perhaps the highlight of the Summer was the trip to Merthyr Mawr for our annual sand dune training day. Fourteen families took part and after all the hard work the sun came out in time for a picnic plus lots of sledging down the dunes. Swimming at Ogmore-on-Sea was the next activity on the agenda. It appeared the lifeguards were having a tea break when we arrived but within seconds three guys arrived for duty, they were well impressed when I explained what we been up to a few hours earlier. The journey home was very quiet many of the lads falling asleep shortly after leaving the carpark, not often this happens!
Our energy now turns to the winter fixtures and the Midland Road Relays is just around the corner. Currently all looks promising as everyone is very committed and, so far, we have three U13 and three U15 teams all good to go. Everyone is very much looking forward to this fixture, which for many will be the first time racing the road relays. No doubt the highlight for some will be the fast food stop on the way home.
So, I am looking forward to some competitive races this winter and feel the squad has real potential to do themselves justice this winter.