West Glamorgan & Dyfed Primary Schools Cross Country Season conclusion Print
Written by Nathan Jones   
Monday, 08 April 2019 20:36

Monday Evening 8th April saw the final midweek school fixture of the winter season take place at Swansea University. It was the West Glamorgan v Dyfed Primary Schools Inter County Match at Sketty Lane near the athletics track.

West Glamorgan Primary Schools v Dyfed Primary Schools Inter County Cross Country Match @ Swansea 08/04/19

24 hours after Swansea Harriers hosted the Club's Outdoor Track & Field Meeting, racing returned to the Ashleigh Road Playing Fields near Swansea University Campus Fields on Monday afternoon (8th), and focused on youngsters from two counties.

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The annual West Glamorgan Primary Schools v Dyfed Primary Schools Inter County Cross Country Match returned to the Ashleigh Road Playing Fields for a successive year.

It was hosted by the West Glamorgan Schools on the grassy field directly in front of the athletics track which will look forward to welcoming hundreds of athletes of all ages to the various competitions throughout the summer months.

Around 10 to 12 primary schools league meetings took place throughout the past few months in West Glamorgan and Dyfed, and the finale all came down to the inter county match.

It has also taken place at Parc Dinefwr in Llandeilo back in 2016 before it was incorporated into the SIAB Schools & Home Countries International in Margam Park near Port Talbot in 2017 as the curtain raiser ahead of the main races where International runners from Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland battled it out.

With many of the athletes involved last year having moved up an age group, it was the ideal opportunity for several new faces to represent their district with up to 24 athletes in years 5 and years 6 featuring in both of the afternoon's races. Athletes in action at Swansea in the boys and girls categories qualified to attend after high-place finishes at their respective county championships held over the last ten days or so.

The top West Glamorgan cross country runners battled it out against each other at the primary schools county final on the final week of March (29th), taking place at the same venue as Monday's match. With a number of area events featuring between eight to twelve schools having been held over the winter period, the winning teams from each of the area fixtures as well as pupils who finished as top 3 individual in any of the 3 league matches, progressed to the county final. Up to 12 boys and 12 girls in both counties received selection letters and automatically qualified.

Meanwhile, Four days back on Thursday 4th April, Dyfed primary schools turned out in their numbers as more than 1,400 children from 75 schools took part at the United Counties Showground in Nantyci. Whatever their ability, the programme of eight races were open to everyone. It was the ideal chance for those new into the sport to give it a go and get involved in running whilst enjoying the race day atmosphere.

The course was the same for boys as it was for girls...with competitors running around the edge of the two rugby pitches equalling 1500m before the finishing line near the Swansea University Indoor Athletics Track end, where parents and supporters were waiting to welcome them across the line.

Medals were awarded to the first three individuals along with the first placed team members. The scores at the end of the match were Dyfed 21; West Glamorgan 88 in the boys and Dyfed 21; West Glamorgan 79 in the girls.




Congratulations to all the athletes who qualified to compete at tonight's event. Da iawn pawb!

Next up is the track and field summer, kicking off soon and running through until the end of August. The West Glamorgan Primary Schools v Dyfed Primary Schools track and field competition will be held later this summer where there will be selection for the 60m hurdles, 100m sprint, 800m, 4 x 100m relay, Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put.

Both counties will have up to four boys and four girls in each of the events on that occasion.