Brecon action: 1,300 in action at the Gwent Cross Country League round 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 16:09

Full Round-Up from our first visit of two in the space of the next seven days at Penlan Arena, Brecon - it was the second fixture of the Gwent Cross Country League, also drop in on Glasgow & Milton Keynes events...


After the opening fixture of the new season at Cardiff in October incorporating the Cardiff Cross Challenge, the second Gwent Cross Country League of the 2017/18 year went to Brecon Leisure Centre's Penlan fields on Saturday (11th November). With the next coming down to West Wales, a total of 600 juniors and 700 seniors took part across all age groups on a rather messy field due to the works going on there, making it a proper cross country course.

In an event incorporating the South & East Wales championships, this was the first of two events in the space of 7 days for the leisure centre venue in Brecon, where the Welsh Inter Schools Cross Country Championships also is being held this weekend on Saturday 18th November. The Welsh Inter Regional Cross Country Championships will then arrive in December before the end of the year.



Despite the early continuous rain and muddy conditions throughout, athletes and clubs from Wales and the South West of England turned out in their hundreds. By the time it came to the final race of the day - the senior & masters Men, many parts of the field was heavily cut up with slippery parts along the 9.6k distance. The most popular races, coming as no surprise were the senior age groups with 336 crossing the line in the women's while 415 men completed the course.

The day got underway at midday with the stars of the future, the novice age groups where close to 230 youngsters were in action in the boys and girls categories. This was then followed for the next two hours with events for the under 13, under 15, under 17/20 and seniors where there was several close finishes at the top end of the fields. In amongst the 415 finishers in the concluding race was Dewi Griffiths who was making his first cross country appearance of the season back on home soil following excellent results, the latest in Frankfurt. Griffiths led the Swansea Harriers team home who also secured the next three positions to score maximum points for the club.



From a Carmarthen Harriers point of view, while some of the older athletes chose to rest, other younger juniors and seniors were out in force running well up in Mid Wales where 37 members competed altogether. Many of these regular competitors week in, week out by now were in Monmouth the week before succeeding in the Welsh Cross Country Relays. There were high top 10 finishes in several races including from Iwan Thomas, Ifan Bowen, Jake Lynock, Frances Mackie, Ioan Cressey-Rodgers, Scott Price, Dafydd Jones, Liam Edwards, Ellie Kiff, Phoebe Davis and when age groups are sorted, some of the seniors.

The novice boys had another good result to keep them at the top of the league table with the novice girls also up there. The club also had representatives in the under 13 boys, under 13 girls, under 15 boys, under 15 girls, under 17 women, under 20 women, senior men and senior women. Unfortunately, there were no athletes in the under 17 and 20 men's race.




Novice Boys: 1 Iwan Thomas; 3 Ifan Bowen; 6 Jake Lynock; 23 Alex Coles; 24 James Sloyan; 27 Huw Cressey-Rodgers; 28 Tygan Davies

Novice Girls: 3 Frances Mackie; 20 Carys Wood; 33 Efa Vardill; 42 Ellie-May John; 61 Nia Seren Thomas; 117 Amelia Garcia

Under 13 Boys: 2 Ioan Cressey-Rodgers; 10 Scott Price; 35 Jack Thomas; 49 Steffan Davies; 60 Brynmor Peters; 62 Rogan Cox

Under 13 Girls: 16 Amy Greatrick; 39 Milly John

Under 15 Boys: 3 Dafydd Jones; 7 Liam Edwards

Under 15 Girls: 6 Phoebe Davis; 34 Siwan Jones-Evans; DNF Maddie Morgan

Under 17 Women/20 Women: 12 Ellie Kiff; 30 Grace Page (overall positions)

Senior Women: 10 Wendy Price; 10 Louise Jones-Evans; 4 Gordon Orme; 106 Kate Lynock; 114 Lisa Forest; 65 Gill Edwards (category positions)

Senior Men: 31 Lloyd Heckler; 68 David Jones; 91 Nicholas Coles (category positions)



Thanks to you all who ran in Brecon and support from team managers and coaches. Diolch i'r rhai wnaeth rhedeg yn Aberhonddu. Now, attention turns to the next fixture (three of five) - which is hosted by Carmarthen Harriers and Carmarthenshire County Council on Sunday 3rd December at Pembrey Country Park, near Llanelli. Details to follow shortly with a chance for athletes to compete close to home.

Gwent League Brecon results will be added to the Gwent League website in a few days' time.


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Welsh Schools took a squad of sixteen athletes, many making their international debuts, to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Friday 10th November for the Combined Pentathlon Events International. The team was selected following the recent WSAA and Welsh Athletics Junior Indoor Championships in Cardiff.

Bro Pedr's Beca Roberts was one of them lucky enough to travel and compete while gaining experience in a high quality competition, where England, Ireland and Scotland were the opposition.

Roberts in the pentathlon secured four personal bests in her four disciplines. The day got off to a good start with a 4.97m best in the long jump and then 1.53m in the high jump. After a good result of 7.86m in the shot, it was left for her to race in the 800m where the fourth result of 2.30.82 was good enough for a successful day scoring a total points tally of 2,997 - just 3 points off 3,000. Da iawn!


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While the action was unfolding in Brecon, across the bridge British Athletics held its second 2017/18 Cross Challenge of the season on Saturday (11th November). After the opening races in Cardiff, the series moved up to Milton Keynes where 2 Harriers were in action: Frank Morgan came 5th in the under 13 boys while Daisy Thompson was 11th in the under 15 girls.