Meech gets cross country league season off to a flying start

CLEVEDON AC’s Jed Bartlett enjoyed one of his best ever performances in the opening fixture of the 2018/19 Gloucestershire Cross Country League campaign.

With a field of over 200 senior men runners and boasting a strong presence from defending champions Cheltenham Harriers Bartlett, who is also a member of Barrow & Furness and only occasionally turns out for the north Somerset club, got off to a great start by finishing fourth, just 14 seconds off making the podium.

Bartlett’s best result in the league was a third at Gloucester last year.

Bartlett was backed up by Steve Wood (43rd), Lee Southernwood (58th), Gary Lewis (68th), Ben Burns (69th) and Tom Abrahams as Clevedon AC finished eighth of 21 teams.

In a perfect symmetry clubmate Laura Meech (pictured)  finished fourth in the senior women’s race – and 15 seconds off the podium – in what was her best ever result in the league.

With Donna Davies 76th and Paula Hall 87th Clevedon took 17th of the 31 teams.