Reporting from another Action-Packed Weekend (Sept 17-18) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:16

Action Packed Weekend at the Swansea Bay 10K & Junior Races earlier today along with the IronMan Wales Cymru Triathlon in Tenby - plus news from the Junior Mountain Champs in England.


British & Irish Junior Mountain Championships - 17/09/16

The tough uphill only mountain event was held in Keswick in Cumbria this year on Saturday where 3 Carmarthen Harriers represented Wales against England, Ireland and Scotland. The distances & climb were as follows: U20 Junior Men 5K (713m); U20 Junior Women 3.2K (509m); U17 Junior Men 3.2K (509m); U17 Junior Women 2.1K (400m)

All three performed well on this challenging course and climb. U20M Ryan Jenkins came 16th and in the U17M category, Iestyn Williams on his first debut was 12th with Thomas Jones just behind in 14th.

The team consisted of 4 U20 Men, 4 U16 Boys, 4 U20 Women & 4 U16 Girls along with 2 Team Managers. Coach Delyth Brown was one of the team managers.


Admiral Swansea Bay 10K & Junior Races - 18/09/16 On a sunny day in Swansea Carmarthen Harriers Won three of the junior races - with Frank Morgan, Ben Thomas and Ellie Kiff dominating their events.

https://www.facebook.com/CarmarthenHarriers/ - the place for more pictures from the day

The Swansea Bay 10k & Junior Races, one of the UK's premier road races with a flat, fast and scenic route alongside the magnificent views of Swansea Bay, returned for 2016 on Sunday 18th September. On a dry and sunny day with good conditions, over 3,200 runners took part in the 10K plus a good few hundred in the junior races, which included a category for wheelchairs and a fun mascot race for the supporters to enjoy whilst they waited for the 10K to finish.

It was another popular event with another great turnout from athletes, spectators and supporters. The children's races continued to grow and most spaces were filled before the day. Whether they were a junior competitive runner or just looking for a fun family day out, the Junior races were open to all abilities with a great atmosphere, great way to have fun and meet new friends.

In amongst the big crowds, there were a number of Carmarthen vests seen around; 19 of them took part this year which was an increase on last year  Results:

The 1K races saw 2 races due to the volume of entries over the past couple of years. The first race saw the 7 yrs & under go before the 8-11yrs set off. In the 8-11yrs, Carmarthen's first podium place came here as Frank Morgan won the race comfortably in 00:03:14, nine year old Iwan Thomas was 4th 00:03:36 and Steffan Davies was 9th in 00:03:47. Emma Brazier in 19th 00:04:02 and Fflur Thompson 53rd 00:04:31 also took part in this age group.

In the 3K race for 9-14 saw the largest field turn out from the club and saw 130 finishers in total. Once again, a Carmarthen athlete collected a top three place, this time being Tomos Rees finishing runner-up in 00:09:38, In probably the race of the day, Tomos took the race to the overwhelming favourite, Neath's Sebastian Lewis leading by 10 metres with 300m to go before finally being passed on the last few strides. This was followed up well with Liam Edwards in 6th 00:10:20 and Dafydd Jones 12th 00:11:06. Daisy Thompson in 11th overall was the third girl home in 00:10:56 and not far behind were Maddie Morgan 25th 00:12:17, Eva Edwards 29th 00:12:38 and Amy Greatwick 37th in 00:13:17

The 5K race for 15-21yrs started from Oystermouth Square with 23 young athletes, many who are used to the competition stage in Wales. After winning the 3k last year, Ben Thomas was a clear winner finishing in 00:16:26, 50 seconds ahead of second place. Ellie Kiff became the Girls champion finishing first in 00:20:17, the remaining athletes here were Callum Lovatt 6th 00:19:41 and Cerys Davies finishing 13th in 00:23:44. A very good day and excellent performances.

The main road outside St Helen's Rugby Ground was filled with thousands of runners as they set off on their 10K journey towards the Mumbles before heading back along the promenade to the finish. There were also plenty of West Wales athletes out on show and in amongst them were 3 Harriers. Sharon Leech was third in her category as she got back in 00:41:05 and she was followed in behind by Huw Davies in 00:42:52 and Gill Edwards in 00:53:37. Kenya once again dominated, especially in the Men's race where they got a one-two finish.

Well done and congratulations to everyone who ran and contributed towards a brilliant and successful day.


Provisional Admiral Swansea Bay 10K and Junior Races - Swansea Bay - Sunday 18 September

1K Results

1K Results

3K Results

5K Results

10K Results

Elsewhere this weekend... There was plenty of action near down in Pembrokeshire at Tenby

IRONKIDS started this action packed weekend on Saturday afternoon which was a 'run only' event being held in the centre of Tenby the day before the IRONMAN Wales race. It's was all about fun and healthy living and each child received an IRONKIDS t-shirt and a medal once they crossed the line under the iconic IRONMAN finish gantry. Children aged between the ages 3 & 14 years old on race day was eligible to take part.

The IRONMAN Wales Cymru Senior Triathlon is now well established as having one of the most challenging swim, bike and run courses on the IRONMAN calendar. The day started at 7am as thousands started on their course with the 2.4 miles swim, before a challenging 112 miles bike and 26.2 miles run through the town of Tenby. Then it was the grandstand finish beside the seaside long into the Sunday night to the noise of supporters welcoming the athletes home. This event sees one of the most vocal and enthusiastically-supported events with tens and thousands of spectators turning out for race day on all three disciplines.

Well Done and Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Event Website: there was live coverage available online during race day with a link from the finish line.

Visit http://eu.ironman.com/triathlon/coverage/detail.aspx?race=wales&y=2016#axzz4KXdErFwH