GWENT CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE @ MONMOUTH (FEBRUARY 2016)

A small band of the North Somerset AC’s athletes had to contend with an energy sapping mudbath of a course at the Monmouth Showground for the penultimate fixture of the Gwent Cross Country League.

The U11 boys team made the best of conditions in the first race before the course began to cut up and Guy Owen and Will Main were in the leading group throughout. There was little to separate the pair as they showed great teamwork to secure 6th and 8th respectively. Louie Brunsdon continues to improve and a very strong run gave him his highest placed finish of the season. Bottom age twins Bodie and Louis Raymond looked very comfortable in only their 2nd cross country race to finish 55th and 57th respectively from a field of well over 80.

Bottom age Kiera Devereux and Matilda Ballentine found the going tough with conditions underfoot starting to take its toll. Both dug deep however to finish 33rd and 37th respectively from another large field of over 80.h

Ruby Owen seemed to enjoy the conditions in leading the U13 girls team with an excellent 13th place finish, whilst Connie Ballantine found the going a little tougher using all her resolve to grind out a very respectable 36th place. Stephanie Brooks and Alysha Forsbrook both ran well to finish 42nd and 43rd whilst Track & Field athlete Natasha Statham made a rare appearance for the team doing extremely well to finish the race in deteriorating conditions in 57th from another large field of runners.

Jaylan Bacon and Will Cheek were the only runners for the U15 boys and both ran really well to record their highest positions this season of 13th and 30th respectively. Maisie Squire was the sole U15 girl and in her first race since returning from injury and she ran solidly to finish 30th in a field of over 50.

Rachel Foyle led the ladies team home for a very accomplished 48th place with Mel Callas 95th and Della Hudson 154th from a field of well over 200. James Rodgers finished a superb 12th in the senior mens race, a result that may well have put him into the top three with just one fixture remaining. Jonathan Flower finished 118th for his highest place finish to date.

Clevedon AC senior lady Jo Gallagher appeared well suited to the conditions and recorded her best finish to date for a superb 12th place. Steve Hollier coached Ellie Wallace looked a class apart in the combined U17/U20 race and ruthlessly broke the field in the early stage before recording a fine victory that will give her great confidence going into the English Schools Championships in 3 weeks time.