Sam captures another first place
PUBLISHED: 14:18 21 November 2012
Cross-country runner Sam Gentry won his second Gwent League fixture, running for North Somerset Athletic Club.
THE second Gwent League fixture of the year took North Somerset Athletic Club to the spectacular backdrop of the Brecon Beacons.
Under-11 runner Sam Gentry opened the day in style, picking up where he left off in the first fixture by winning the opening race of the day.
Ollie Lock was not quite at his best, but still managed 11th place and was followed by Jacob Devine in 41st and William Wade in 47th. Owen Mills took 50th place in his first-ever race.
Amelia Flower led her Under-11 team-mates home in 30th place, with youngster Grace Ashurst in her first-ever cross-country finishing just one place behind her.
Sophie Bowen was also competing in her first race of the season and finished strongly in 35th. Natasha Statham was 41st and Annabelle Wade 59th.
The Under-13 boys started the day in third position, but the team performed superbly and hope to have closed the gap significantly on the leaders – Bristol and West and Swansea Harriers.
Excellent teamwork from Ben Cureton and Oscar Rogers paid dividends once again as they finished in fourth and fifth place respectively. Continuing to improve strongly in every race, Jaylon Bacon finished strongly in 12th. Luke Wheeler had a gutsy run to finish 29th and Henry Cox ran solidly to come home in 41st place.
The Under-13 girls fielded a full strength squad which ensured a close battle with local rivals and current league leaders Westbury Harriers.
Alice Davies continued her fine recent form and finished second for the second time with Harriet Emery, Sara Flower and the fast improving Lauren Ashurst working well together to finish 11th, 13th and 15th respectively.
Sophie Parker finished in 39th, Phoebe Curyer in 40th and Lizzie Plews in 43rd. A little further back debutants Florence Davis finished in 51st, Ella Davey in 53rd and Olivia Burton completed the squad.
The Under-15 girls managed to field a full scoring team, despite the absence of highly regarded athletes Ellie Wallace, Cecilie Andersen and Angharad Flower.
Jasmin Emery, at last starting to fulfil her potential, showed great maturity and finished in a fine third.
In her first-ever cross-country race, Lauren Thorne finished a creditable 27th, which will give her great confidence for future races. Club sprinters Laura Statham and Jessica Butcher, who were also running for the first time, finished 35th and 42nd respectively.
The Under-15 boys were once again led home by David Warnes, who finished in eighth place. Sam Dangerfield ran strongly for a 25th place finish with Will Binnington and Joe Gentry completing the scorers in 32nd and 33rd place.
Katie Constable had her first run of the season at Under-17 level finishing in a respectable 21st place.
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