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Written by Nathan Jones   
Saturday, 25 February 2017 16:24

A good number of Carmarthen Harriers distance runners made the short journey on Saturday to compete at the Welsh Cross Country Championships at a rain-soaked Swansea. plus Masters news


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The 113th staging of the annual championships again took place at Singleton Park at the end of a half term week and the route in this beautiful setting made for a tough course for the athletes. Clubs from all over Wales, including North Wales sent teams to participate and awards were shared around several clubs.

The best result of the day came in the Under 13 boys who easily took the Welsh title, despite missing a few key runners. 5 of the first 6 positions were taken by Carmarthen & Dyfed athletes showing the strength in depth in this team.

Carmarthen won a total of 18 medals (5 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze) Results this year was much better than last year.

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Meanwhile, there were further team medals won. The Under 15 boys and Under 17 women both collected bronze while in the Primary school races for boys, the trio just missed out on gold but had to settle for silver. The Under 13 girls and Primary girls just missed out on a place on the podium, finishing 4th in each.

Gordon Orme won individual gold in the Masters men 70 age groups. Frank Morgan finished in the silver medal U13 boys while in the boys Primaries, Ifan Bowen was passed metres from the line as he finishing an excellently third.

Cross Country running is the winter base for all the success in middle distance running on the track and the road in the summer. The Welsh cross country championships every year is the most important cross country individual and team event of the year for the club.

A prime example is Dewi Griffiths who was a member of Carmarthen Harriers for eight years. Dewi won the Welsh senior cross country title in Swansea for the sixth successive year. Not only did Dewi win but he won by 87 seconds. Dewi has represented Great Britain many times at cross country, mountain running, road and track.

After very good and consistent performances, several athletes will now be waiting to see if they have done enough to get into the Welsh schools team to take part in the Mini London Marathon on April 23rd in the Under 13 and Under 15 age groups - selection will be done in the next few days.

The team has been chosen based on the results in the Welsh inter schools championships in November, Welsh inter regional in December, Cardiff cross in January and Saturday's Welsh championships.

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Pick up your copy of the Carmarthen Journal (Wednesday) and Carmarthenshire Herald (Friday) for further reports from this year's championships.

For more pictures & news from Swansea, visit the club's Facebook & Twitter pages.

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Full Results / Canlyniadau Llawn

Primary School Boys (2nd): 3 Ifan Bowen 6.13; 7 Jack Thomas 6.27; 10 Iwan Thomas 6.35

Primary School Girls (4th): 8 Emma Brazier 5.56; 16 Milly John 6.07; 19 Jessica Lee 6.16

Under 13 Boys (1st): 2 Frank Morgan 11.05; 5 Liam Edwards 11.22; 6 Dafydd Jones 11.29; 22 Morgan Lloyd 12.44; 30 Scott Price 13.45

Under 13 Girls (4th): 5 Daisy Thompson 12.36; 12 Phoebe Davis 13.15; 38 Caitlin Jones 15.23; 39 Magda Singh 15.24; 41 Kelsey Thomas 15.27; 49 Zara Evans 16.44

Under 15 Boys (3rd): 6 Tomos Rees 15.03; 16 Gareth Thompson 15.44; 17 Archi Morgan 15.50; 37 Dylan Davies 17.16

Under 15 Girls (5th): 23 Beca Roberts 19.34; 25 Maddie Morgan 20.03; 27 Louise Mear 20.25; 31 Gwennan Wright 20.57

Under 17 Men (): 6 Thomas Jones 18.10; 9 Ben Thomas 18.50; 11 Morgan Llywelyn 18.57

Under 20 Men (): 9 Sion Lewis 28.42

Under 17 Women (3rd): 11 Ellie Kiff 23.16; 17 Cerys Davies 25.06; 18 Non Morgan 25.23; 20 Grace Page 25.52

Senior Women: 5 Andrea Thompson 30.03 (MW45) 6 Lisa Forest 36.50 (MW40)

Masters Men: 1 Gordon Orme (M70)

Senior Men: 22 David Jones 41.04


Overall results in the Welsh junior age group events: Scoring 3 points for a team win, 2 for silver and 1 for bronze

1 Cardiff 9; 2 Carmarthen 7; 3 Menai 6; 4=Swansea 5; 4=Deeside 5; 6 Cardiff Archers 3; 7=Bridgend, Neath and Newport 2

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Well done to everyone who ran and contributed to a good day for the club in difficult conditions.

Results / Canlyniadau

Next Event: Gwent League Cross Country - Pembrey - Saturday 4 March


Inter Regional Championships - Welsh Masters @ Lee Valley London on Sunday 26 February

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Elsewhere at the Inter Regional Masters Championships in Lee Valley where West Wales athletes were representing the Welsh Vets team, Gordon (Orme) having won gold went from Swansea to London to run in the 800m and 1500m coming 2nd and 3rd. Jake Morgan who was also selected came 5th in the 200m and was part of the winning Welsh 4x200m relay team.

At the English Indoor Championships in Sheffield, William Edwards jumped to bronze positions in the Under 20 Men high jump competition with a best jump of 1.99m