Wintry Weather cancells Inter Regionals...but great night at Harriers Christmas Party! Print
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 10 December 2017 16:56

The Carmarthen Harriers Bowling Christmas Party took place on Saturday evening (9th December) following the cancellation of the Welsh Inter Regional Cross Country Championships earlier on in the day as wintry weather arrives across Wales...

The first part of Saturday 9th December, was due to see the final championship of the year - the 19th staging of the Welsh Inter Regional Cross Country Championships take place for a successive year at the Penlan fields in Brecon. The athletes to represent West Wales had qualified after the first Gwent League & Cardiff Cross Challenge back in October with reserves also brought in.

The team co-ordinator Hedydd Davies managed to get a team of 220 West Walians of all ages ready to head to Brecon to compete. Unfortunately, on the Friday afternoon the event correctly had to be cancelled on Saturday due to the adverse weather conditions in the area, also that it would not be safe for everyone to travel to the event following the recent wintry weather.

There is no update at this stage on whether the event will be re-arranged or not, or incorporated into another event in 2018. More information to come by the end of next week.


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After a day off for all the athletes - a number of club members and families headed to the Xcel Bowling in Johnstown up the road from the athletics track for this year's Carmarthen Harriers Bowling Christmas Party on a chilly Saturday evening.

It was a great to see a variety of ages attend, from athletes joining the club during this year to those who have been around for a number of seasons.


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It turned out to be another success and a great atmosphere with over 70 people present. A great night of bowling, food and fun. Thanks to Hayley John and Rhian Glynn for once again organizing the evening and to all the athletes for their efforts during 2017. It was a great social event to be involved in after a busy last few months!


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Images from Saturday's annual gathering in Johnstown...find the evening party in the press this week.



In other Results over the weekend / Canlyniadau Eraill dros y Penwythnos: 9-10 December

On a weekend that saw wintry conditions in most parts of Wales, this resulted in a number of events being cancelled or postponed, including those at Brecon, the Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race (re-arranged for January) and several ParkRun events, those at Carmarthen, Llanelli and Llyn Llech Owain fell foul to the weather. Two fixtures did go ahead despite the weather with a round-up of the results below.

Cardiff Met Grand Prix 1 Christmas Classic from NIAC Cardiff - 10/12/17:

The two weekend indoor events at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in the Welsh capital went ahead with the Cardiff Met Grand Prix Christmas Classic attracting an entry record of over 300 athletes to the event, officially the largest ever. Some of those in action included Hannah Brier (60m) and Bethan Davies (3km walk).

From a Carmarthen Harriers point of view, two under 20 athletes made the journey up the M4 to take part. Trystan Leech was heat 4 of the men's 600m in a time of 1.31.45, while in the field and over at the Pole Vault, Carys Jones cleared a height of 3.52m.


SPAR European Cross Country Championships from Samorin, Slovakia - 10/12/17

The European Championships returned on Sunday, this year moving to Slovakia after last year's hosting in Italy broadcasted around the World on the European Athletics website and BBC highlights. Dewi Griffiths lead a record number of six Welsh athletes at the Championships with the event itself attracting a record entry number of 576 athletes from 37 countries.

The Swansea Harrier and West Wales star went off well in the senior men's race but a short time later unfortunately at around the 8.6km point, had to withdraw due to injury. On his race, Griffiths commented "My hamstring cramped up in the marathon and again today - I managed to run through it in the marathon but I couldn't today. Maybe the cold was a factor today."

"It felt easy at the beginning - I think I could have easily been top 10 today; maybe top 5. We got team bronze, but I think we could have won the team If I'd finished where I think I could have."



Other Welsh Athletes who represented the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team were: Junior Women: Cari Hughes, Swansea Harriers; Junior Men: Matthew Willis, Wrexham AC; Junior Men: Jake Heyward, Cardiff AAC; Mixed Relay: Melissa Courtney, Shaftesbury Barnet; Mixed Relay: Tom Marshall, Cardiff AAC.

All six talents booked their places in the team thanks to top placing performances at the trials at the British Athletics Liverpool Cross Challenge on the 25th of November. The Great Britain & Northern Ireland had another superb day on the European stage, winning the most medals throughout the day's programme - a total of 5 gold medals and 4 bronze medals.