Title contender: Rosie Hamilton-James currently leads the under 17s age group. Photo courtesy of Neil Miller
THE Gwent Cross Country League reaches its climax on Saturday with Blaise Castle hosting the fifth and final fixture.
Westbury Harriers’ coach Jason Michael tells me that the club’s young female runners go into the event with high hopes of success in all the age groups.
The novice girls currently boast well over a 100 points lead and will be looking to wrap up the team title in style as they put out their biggest and strongest team of the season.
Estelle Lowe who still has another year as a novice, is also the individual leader but is tied with a girl from Swansea.
The U13 girls lie fourth just 19 points behind North Somerset in third and both clubs are expected to have strong teams out for this ‘home’ fixture.
The U15s are second just 10 points off Cardiff Archers and with a full team out – and sure to be roared on by plenty of artisan support – the pressure will be on the Welsh leaders to perform well in order to hold off the Westbury charge.
Dalis Jones (pictured left) is the individual leader and will be hoping to wrap up title number three with Kate Howard in fourth only a few points off third.
The U17s have a big lead over Cardiff AC in the battle for the title, which should be a formality providing they get a team out on the day.
Rosie Hamilton-James is the current leader, and will be hoping to clinch her first Gwent League title. So all in all it could be a great day of celebration for the Westbury girls.