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Written by Nathan Jones   
Saturday, 03 December 2016 16:40

A team of 17 Harriers members made its longer journey of the cross country season so far to run in the third Gwent League meeting,


held over the Severn Bridge at the magnificent Blaise Castle in Bristol. As expected, the squad was slightly depleted as was several other Welsh clubs, because of the busy festive period, with some already with an eye on Saturday's Inter Regionals. However, those committed athletes week in week out performed exceptionally on a tough course with the best cross country runners, especially from England out on show in the South West.

The stars of the show were once again the Under 13 boys who showed the rest the talent West Wales and Dyfed has to offer in this strong age group. In a tactical ding-dong battle over the full 2.6k course, Liam Edwards secured a runners up spot with Welsh Schools Team Champion teammates Frank Morgan and Dafydd Jones finishing very closely behind in 3rd and 5th - all holding onto their individual awards. Supporting the trio in and collecting valuable points were Ioan Cressey-Rodgers in 16th and Dafydd Thomas 28th. The U13B have now extended their lead at the top of the medal table over both Cardiff clubs, and well on course to win overall gold in March.

Dyfed district was well backed up with Iori Humphreys (Pembroke) winning for the third time and Cian Harries (STP) finishing well up in the top ten.

In the novice boys, Ifan Bowen held on well despite falling to finish in his familiar position in this league of 2nd and in the process consolidating his place in the silver medal position and was supported by another talented and improved athlete Iwan Thomas crossing the line in 6th. They should also hang on to the top 3 placing with 2 rounds to go. In the girls race, Milly John came in the top half in 21st and Ella Davis had her best result of the campaign so far in 52nd place.

The Under 15's had two representatives each - Archi Morgan was 10th and Casper Farquhar 34th in the boys while in the girls category Eva Edwards and Maddie Morgan pushed each other along finally crossing in 20th and 25th respectively.

In the other age groups, Phoebe Davis kept her individual award hope on track by running alongside some top English athletes for the majority of the race, eventually coming 5th place, while William Thompson was the only club athlete out in the combined U17/20 age group and placing well (41st overall)

Finally in large fields of senior and masters races, Gill Edwards ran good in her F45 category while M70 athlete Gordon Orme, recently representing Wales at the Masters International Cross Country in Glasgow, again won his age group.

The Gwent League now takes a break over Christmas and January, we head to Newport for the fourth round in February.


Welsh Athletics U13+ Junior Indoor Open:

U15G high jump Lili Church in 5th (JGP1) 1.50m