2nd December, Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar
The Gwent League came to Gwent for race 3 as athletes tackled tough and tricky terrain on the hill top of windy and wet Parc Bryn Bach.
Newport’s U11 Boys lie 3rd in the team competition, spearheaded by Vaughn Thomas in 17th place, followed by Tom Garrod, Dylan Evans, Isaac Barry, James Owen, and debutant Cian Drohan.
Our U11 Girls put in a strong challenge with two in the top 10 – Anya Brady and Emily Walker 7th and 9th respectively. Followed in by Nia Wakley and Poppy Bevan, their team is currently 4th.
We had just two U13 athletes out today but they both produced top 10 runs. Leo Stark was 10th in the boys’ race and lies 4th on the leader board, while Amy Garrod was 9th in the girls’ race.
Another good turnout means Newport’s U15 Girls are in 3rd position. Lily Williams (“the tougher the course the better”) had her best run of the season so far in 8th place, followed by Lily Hart, Emily Wilcox, Ashleigh Steer and, taking a welcome break from her 20-metre speed reps, Antonia Dawes.
Our intrepid U15 Boys were Josh Jones and Isaac Jones in 15th and 39th place respectively. Josh lies 10th on the leader board.
Spencer Smith produced his usual strong run for 9th in U17 Men, and 4th on the leader board. Michael Owen, Connor Richards and Oscar Denton finished in quick succession further down the field.
Ellie Robinson was 10th in U17 Women to go 9th on the leader board. It wasn’t tough enough for Caitlin Jones so she decided to run discard a shoe on lap 1 just for the extra challenge, but managed to stay one place ahead of Seren Jones. They lie 5th in the team standings.
Remi Adebiyi was 5th in U20 Men and in 2nd on the leader board. Backed up by Luke Gawthorn in 9th, they lie 2nd in the team competition.
In the Senior Women’s race Chloe Powell was 145th and Rondine Molinaro was 239th. The women’s team continues to maintain mid-table stability in 11th place in Division 3.
In the dimming light Abed Teweldebrhan came 4th in the Senior men’s race. As the light dimmed further Kevin Seville finished 216th. Newport are anchored at the bottom of Division 2, and their current points tally means they would also be facing relegation from Division 3.