North Somerset AC had 23 athletes compete at Brecon for the final Gwent League fixture of the season and the senior men took centre stage to lift the division four title.
With Josh Davis and James Rodgers once again taking top 10 positions in 7th and 9th respectively the foundation were laid for the team to take top spot. Julian Emery ran his first completive race for 6 years and although he found the going tough he used all his resolve to finish a very impressive 42nd place. The ever reliable Jonathan Flower also raised the bar to record his highest Gwent League position in 80th place.
Rodgers 9th place was also enough for him to take the senior men’s silver medal for the 5 race series. Davis himself would undoubtedly have medalled had he not missed the previous fixture at Monmouth.
Mel Calls Callas was the sole senior lady but she made the trip well worthwhile as she worked her way through the large field of runners to break into the top 100 for the first time.
Keira Devereux ran superbly for a 15th place finish in the U11 girls race. It was her best race of the series and will give her great confidence going into next season when she’ll be at the top of her age group in the same category. Matilda Ballantine also ran really well in the same race and is another under age athlete that will have another season in this age group.
Will Maine couldn’t have timed it much better to have his best race of the season. His superb 3rd place was enough to take him to 3rd overall for the series and with it the U11 boys’ category bronze medal. Team mates Louie Brunsdon finished 32nd and bottom age Jacob Forsbrook in his first ever cross country race ran really well to finish 71st in a field of over 80 runners.
Cameron Baker-Perry was the U13 boys sole runner and worked his way superbly through the field to record his highest position for the season in 34th… Maisie Squire was the sole U15 girl and she too ran another very disciplined race, looking strong from start to finish to finish 31st.
Connie Ballantine once again led the U13 girls and can be well satisfied with her 19th place, especially as she’ll have another year in this category. Ruth Day was the teams 2nd girl home in 34th with the ever improving Stephanie Brooks next to cross the line in 38th. Alysha Forsbrook came through close behind in 42nd with Natasha Statham completing the team in 46th place.
The U15 boys were well represented on the day and were led in the early stages by Jaylan Bacon who went with the front runners from the off. Luca Murray settled in just behind the leading pack and made his move to close the gap with 1k to go. After moving through the field strongly he eventually past his team mate and two others to finish a fantastic 7th place, with Bacon himself responding to finish just one place behind in 8th. Alex Collins had his first race for some time and it was good to see him run well to finish 34th, just three places in front of the ever improving Will Cheek in 37th. Bottom age Ryan Burton completed the teams scores finishing strongly for in 39th place.