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Novice athletes shine - Gwent Cross Country League commitments rewarded! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 21:21

Later than planned, we've been congratulating our Harriers endurance novices' juniors, who picked up success at the 2017/18 Gwent Cross Country League earlier this winter. They were awarded with their individual and team medals last week...


Carmarthenshire athletes were amongst the winners as they collected several individual and team medals at this year's 2017/18 Gwent Cross Country League.


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Carmarthen Harriers took three individual awards at the winning team title in the novice boys, who dominated from start to finish winning by over 200 points from their nearest rivals. Iwan Thomas was the overall champion with Ifan Bowen in third and Jake Lynock in fifth making up the top 5. James Sloyan, Alex Coles and Liam Upton-Boorman also won team medals in an excellent team display from the youngsters. They will aim now to take this fine form into the upcoming track and field season.

The club's novice girls also had a fantastic season as they collected team bronze medals by finishing third out of more than 30 teams. The six congratulated for their efforts were: Frances Mackie, Carys Wood, Bessy Hill, Efa Vardill, Ellie-May John and Nia Seren Thomas. Elsewhere, the senior women were runners-up in division three. Gordon Orme who had competed in all four matches was rewarded with a second place in the men's 65 age group.


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A presentation was made at the beginning of last Tuesday evening's session (17th Apr) to recognise those youngsters who had contributed most to the success during the year with the medallists either having done 3 or 4 of the events.

Carmarthen Harriers, Llanelli AAC and Pembrokeshire Harriers vests were out on show and more than 100 athletes represented their respective clubs in over 20 of the match categories throughout the campaign. A large number made their cross country debuts at under 11 level in particular.


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The Gwent Cross Country League has now been going strong for a number of years, attracting athletes - juniors and seniors - from across South Wales and the South West of England. The league, formed in 1963 has continued every year since then and a good way of making friends from other clubs.

Llandaff Fields Cardiff, Brecon Leisure Centre, Pembrey Country Park and Pontypool Park were the venues confirmed for the past season over five months in October, November, December and February. Each match saw over 1,000 athletes take part across a range of age groups, starting with the under 11 athletes and going up through under 13, under 15, under 17/20 to the seniors which attracted the most numbers.

In December 2017, Carmarthen Harriers' hosting of the third fixture in conjunction with Carmarthenshire County Council was hailed as a great success. The competitors aged 9 to 80 tackled fast grass sections, sand dunes, woods and paths with the course winning praise from all who attended.

The fifth match and the final event was due to take place at Blaise Castle in Bristol last month, however the extreme wintry weather at the beginning of March meant that the event was cancelled.


We've covered the Gwent Cross Country League events in full earlier on this winter,

CLICK HERE - CLICIWCH YMA to read all about the 2017/18 season across four venues! plus Harriers team positions as well as pictures and athletes' names...