Family rivalry as Elson and Chick go head-to-head
THERE will be a real family battle as the Gwent Cross Country League reaches its climax in Brecon on Saturday.
In the senior women's contest, former champions Westbury Harriers hold a slender 24-point lead over Bristol & West, but that gap could quite easily be overturned.
And it just so happens that the respective team managers are Chris Elson and his daughter Tamsin Chick.
"Yes, it will be an exciting finish to the Gwent League," said Chick. "It is great to see two Bristol-based clubs at the top of the table and looking so strong in cross country running. And yes, it is quite amusing that Dad and I manage the two teams!
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
As for dad he was staying diplomatic.
"There is a lot still to play for!" said Elson.
Sophie Thomas is included in the Avon team for the South West Schools' Sportshall Championships in Torbay on Sunday. The 14-year-old North Somerset AC athlete will be hoping to get Avon into the national finals as she looks to bow out of the competition with a fourth successive title.
North Somerset AC are relishing the final Gwent League fixture as they are competing for honours in several of the young athletes' age groups.
The under-13 boys are clear favourites for the team title with Ben Cureton leading the individual rankings, while Sam Gentry is on target for the under-11 boys' title.
Alice Davies is closing in on the under-13 girls title, but Westbury Harriers have the advantage in the team contest. Howeverm, Jasmine Emery's hopes in the under-15s age group have been hit after she was diagnosed with diabetes and won't be risked at Brecon.
Lucy Ellis, of Great Western Runners, finished 183rd in the senior women race at the English Cross Country Championships in Sunderland.
GWR women: 183 Lucy Ellis, 289 Catriona Turnbull, 324 Catherine Mills, 389 Taryn Talbot. 38th Team. GWR men: 563 Paul Mason, 570 Phil Chan, 873 John Hargreaves, 911 Liam Scanlon, 1038 Steve Proud, 1047 Mike Willcox. 78th Team.
The last race in the Winter Series of the Pomphrey Sports 5K races organised by Bristol & West AC will take place tonight with registration will be from 6.30pm with the race starting at 7.30pm. The first race in the club's summer 5k series will be on Tuesday April 3th and for further details see the website at: www.bristolandwestac.org.
A reminder from area coach mentor Mark Brace that places are still available for the last in the current series of workshops in the England Athletics South West Endurance Network: Physical Preparation for the Endurance Athlete. The session will take place on Saturday, March 23 (10am-4pm) at the Castle Sports Centre, Wellington Road, TauntonTA1 5AU. Anyone wishing to register should contact Brace at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07540 703511.