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Margam Park hosting of the 2017 SIAB & Home Countries / Inter County Primary Match - FULL REPORT 25/03/17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Saturday, 25 March 2017 21:32

An action-packed day at Margam Park near Port Talbot where the Dyfed v West Glamorgan primary schools match, SIAB Schools & Home Countries International cross country came to Wales; our full coverage from the Welsh team & Dyfed youngsters here on the Carmarthen Harriers website!


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Wales took its turn to host the SIAB and Home Countries Cross Country International on Saturday 25th March, this year taking place at Margam Park near Port Talbot. The event was held at the historic and scenic Margam Park Estate and provided with a great setting for the competition that annually closed the domestic cross country season, organised by Welsh Athletics in conjunction with the Welsh Schools Athletic Association.

This top competition returned to West Wales on its country cycle, which is held in Wales every 4 years. The SIAB Schools & Home Countries International was last held in Wales at Parc Dinefwr in Llandeilo back in 2013 and there were some great races that day. 2017 in Port Talbot turned out to be another excellent day with the best British athletes out on show on a stunning day for hosting an international cross country match.

On Friday evening (March 24th) teams arrived and congregated close to the venue in preparation ahead of race day the next morning, where they could meet up with their team mates and team managers. The Welsh athletes included were based across two venues in the area (Aberavon Beach Hotel and the FSC Margam Park Discovery Centre)

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Four Carmarthen Harriers coaches were selected as team managers for the Welsh 2017 team: including Joan Goldsmith, Carol Jones, Delyth Brown and Sharon Leech. Dyfed schools secretary Meredith Richards was part of the senior group and were joined by Matthew Richards, Phil Banning and Kevin Tobin to make up the management team, along with the WSAA Support Officer Steve Jones.

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Countries battle it out - SIAB / Home Countries International Races...

Athletes representing their countries will have been selected after successful performances in their qualifier match. Here in Wales, this took place at the same time as the Welsh Schools National Cross Country Championships, at Brecon last Saturday. The top 8 in the junior and middle age groups (6 senior) were guaranteed a sport in the team with reserves standing by if needed. Wales, the hosts welcomed teams from England, Ireland and Scotland to the county of Neath Port Talbot. Teams from the North of England, UK Armed Forces and Midland Counties also took part. Additionally, Scottish Schools and Welsh Schools contested the U20 races.

Age Groups for the SIAB/Home Countries were: Junior Girls (U15) Junior Boys (U15) Middle Girls (U17) Middle Boys (U17) Senior Girls (U20) Senior Boys (U20) Senior Women and Senior Men.

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Team wise, Welsh Schools came 3rd in each of the 4 SIAB races: junior girls, junior boys, middle girls and middle boys. All members of the teams were awarded with a medal. In addition, the Wales squads collected bronze in the senior boys and senior women's races.

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Welsh Athletes Round-Up Results:

Junior Girls:

Aimee Callow 16.00; Orla Davies 16.19; Ashleigh Willis 16.20; Ella Morgan 16.28; Daisy Thompson 16.50; Samia Jones 16.52; Eden Williams 17.06; Rheagan Edwards 17.51

Junior Boys:

Joseph Reardon 15.35; Jacob Reynolds 15.50; Lloyd Sheppard 16.00; Mike Spill 16.11; James Jones 16.11; Finlay Hines 16.19; Liam Edwards 16.37; Iori Humphreys 16.57

Middle Girls:

Mia Roberts 16.35; Eluned King 17.43; Carys Bill 17.50; Kiara Frizelle 17.57; Gracie Wheeter 18.25; Mollie Jones 18.35; Laura Sharp 18.39; Alice Evans 20.00

Middle Boys:

Nathan Jones 20.25; James Penrose 20.34; Ethan Ackroys 20.45; Louis Spencer 20.47; Larry Ryan 20.55; Cedol Dafydd 21.12; Tomos Rees 21.58; Ben Thomas 22.24

Senior Girls:

Abbie Williams (Wales) 20.35; Naomi Reed (Wales) 20.48; Izzy Parry-Jones (Wales) 21.00; Annabell Maqueen (Welsh Schools) 21.25; Bethan Evans (Welsh Schools) 21.36; Isobel Dodd (Welsh Schools) 21.49; Eabha Roberts (Welsh Schools) 21.57; Rhiannon Kamink (Welsh Schools) 21.58; Martha Owen (Wales) 23.27

Senior Boys:

Jake Heyward (Welsh Schools) 22.50; Matthew Willis (Wales) 23.32; Ciaran Lewis (Wales) 23.43; Gareth Griffiths (Wales) 24.07; Matthew Williams (Welsh Schools) 24.40; Elliot Lawrence (Welsh Schools) 24.49; Oliver Dickinson (Wales) 25.25; Thomas Jones (Welsh Schools) 25.44; Sam Johnson (Welsh Schools) 26.03; Jac Smith (Welsh Schools) 26.26

Senior Women:

Clara Evans 27.07; Beth Kidger 27.18; Carys Hughes 27.26; Lucy Marland 27.42

Senior Men:

James Hunt 33.47; Adam Bull 34.15; Paul Graham 35.34

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Primary School children started the afternoon's programme...

The meeting got underway with the annual Dyfed v West Glamorgan primary schools match, the curtain raiser ahead of the main races which began from 12.30pm. The primary school youngsters got the chance to compete on the big stage with plenty of international stars watching.

Athletes competing in these 2 races (year 5 and year 6 athletes) qualified to attend after the districts championships held recently. Every finisher (all 56 runners) received a medal for recognition of their hard work and for getting to compete on Saturday.

Dyfed Teams:

GIRLS / MERCHED: 1 Bethan Adams Llangennech 6.34; 2 Lucy Wintle Hafan Y Mor 6.42; 3 Seren Davies Aberaeron 6.45; 5 Maddy James Lamphey 6.58; 7 Bessy Hill Y Ddwylan 7.02; 8 Milly John Llangunnor 7.03; 11 Amy Greatrick Johnstown 7.09; 13 Ffion Ouseley Maenclochog 7.18; 15 Megan Roberts Gorslas 7.22; 17 Jess Mellalieu Gelli Aur 7.24; 21 Katy David Cleddau Reach 7.42; 25 Sophia Reid-Thomas Llangunnor 7.49; DNF Faye Jones

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BOYS / BECHGYN: 1 Ifan Bowen Y Dderwen 5.54; 3 Rhys Jenkins Aberaeron 6.03; 6 Morgan Williams Gelli Aur 6.14; 8 Iwan Thomas Parc Y Tywyn 6.17; 10 Jack Thomas Richmond Park 6.21; 11 Finlay Tarling Aberaeron 6.22; 13 Iwan Wilson Llangennech 6.25; 18 Harri Howells Y Dderwen 6.42; 19 Huw Cressy-Rodgers Llandovery Prep 6.43; 20 Rhys Caygill Llandudoch 6.44; 23 Jake Lynock Rhys Pritchard 6.54; 25 Liam Upton-Boorman Johnstown 7.04

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Congratulations to everyone selected to take part in these international races and to the organisers. Hope that all the visitors enjoyed their visit up the road in West Wales. It was a very high standard of competition and should have been a great experience for some of the newer and upcoming future runners. The 2018 competition is due to be held over the bridge in England tbc.





Full Results / Canlyniadau Llawn http://www.carmarthenharriers.co.uk/images/PDF/Races/international_cross_country_margam_2017.pdf