Athletics: North Somerset youngsters remain in the hunt
PUBLISHED: 10:24 22 February 2019
North Somerset AC under-13s Keira Devereux and Millie Redman remain on course for a 1-2 in the Gwent Cross-Country League.
The pair produced another superb showing at Pontypool Park to maintain their hold on the top spots in the series, with Devereux taking her third win, as Redman came home in third.
Blythe Jones (33rd) and Lyla Briffitt (34rd) gave support as the team lie in third place ahead of the March 2 finale at Blaise Castle.
The under-11 boys moved up to third overall as Joe Martineau finished in a best of third, with debutant Sebastian Leaney ninth.
Harry Shallcross also ran well for 17th as Euan Meacock finished 35th in a field of 108.
Sophie Carratt (22nd) led the under-11 girls home, as Heidi Marineau (27th), Eva Green (28th) and Esther Wring (35th) packed well.
The under-13 boys were again led home by Sam Holloway in 15th, as Patrick Hipkiss (19th), Elliot Jeston (21st) and debutant Alex Buro (26th) scored well to leave them fourth overall, 13 points behind Cardiff in the bronze medal position.
William Scott was third in the under-15 boys’ race to move up to third in the series, as Louie Brunsdon (14th), William Sandiford (19th) and Oliver Andrews (22nd) gave support to finish one point behind winnters Westbury.
And Alice Bridger-Morales was a superb fifth in the under-15 girls’ race, moving into the top six overall, as Hannah Mougeot came home in 21st on her racing debut.
Abigail Taylor (23rd) and Steph Brooks (24th) saw the team finish third on the day.
Ollie Lock produced his best run yet in the under-17 race, finishing third, as Ben Hamblin had a best yet of eighth ahead of Alfie Hocking (ninth).
Will Cheek (19th) helped the team stat third, a few points behind Westbury, with only seven points between Hocking (fourth) and Lock (fifth) in the individuakl standings.
Ellie Maule (28th) and Victoria Pearson (32nd) ran in the under-17 girls’ race, as Luke Hanson (19th) and Joe Gentry (43rd) finished fourth in their age groups after three gruelling laps of the hilliest course on the circuit in the senior race.
*Portishead runner Giacomo Squintani took two minutes off his marathon personal best in Seville on Sunday.
The 43-year-old clocked 2:56.03, meaning he has improved his time over the 26.2-mile distance every year since first running it in 2013.