GWENT CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE (NOVEMBER 2015)

Cardiff hosted the 2nd Gwent League fixture on Sunday and in a repeat of the last years event all the fields were of a very high standard.  The men’s senior race incorporated the South Wales Championships and the club had 4 men competing. James Rodgers and Josh Davis were both in confident mood for this one having secured impressive victories the previous weekend in the Weston Half Marathon and the Gloucester Cross Country League respectively. Both were with the leading group throughout and worked together tremendously  before Rodgers just had the edge over his team mate in a sprint finish with the pair finishing 8th and 9th. Cameron Coetzee in his first race of the season stayed in touch for while but the quick pace proved too much at this early stage in his training and a very respectable 70th place finish was as much as he could hope for. Coach Steve Hollier had a great run himself to finish 175th from a field of well over 450 runners and was leading runner in his age group category once again.

The club had just two boys to kick thing off in the U11’s race and William Maine had a great run to improve on his 7th position in the first fixture. He was over the moon with his 5th place and Louie Brunsden was equally pleased with his 25th position from an 89 strong field.

Harrison Garland was the clubs sole runner in the U13 boys race, and in his first outing at this age level he showed great promise with an outstanding 13th place. The U13 girls team of Connie Ballantine, Stephanie Brooks and Ellie Maule all ran solidly finishing 41st, 58th and 64th respectively.

Jack Wilkinson in his first Gwent showing for the club had a superb run showing his usual grit and determination. He’s also an bottom age group runner in his category so will be delighted with his 10thplace. Jaylan Bacon was next home and in his usual sprint finish he sailed past several athletes to secure 24th place. Kes Pitchers, Alex Collins in his first race since returning from  a long injury and Will Cheek completed the team positions in 56th, 64th and 72nd respectively from a field of 92.

Harriet Emery led the U15 girls with a solid run to finish 13th and was supported well by Megan McCrum in 42nd who had a great run in her first competitive outing for over two years. Maisie Squires also looked strong finishing comfortably in 52nd with Issy Gall in 54th and Issy Battison in 68th.

David Warnes had a great race in the combined U17/U20 race and can be well pleased with his 15thplace in another high quality field.