Carmarthen Mayor's Races 2018 Coverage: Bank Holiday Monday stunner attracts the whole family in its 37th edition... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Monday, 07 May 2018 15:55

On a sunny and warm May Day Bank Holiday on Monday 7th May, the town of Carmarthen again welcomed hundreds runners to the 37th running of the Mayor's Races and we were in amongst the race day atmosphere...


The summer track & field season got underway up and down the country during an action-packed weekend including the local Louise Arthur League for under 15 athletes at Carmarthen on Saturday. On an extra day's holiday with the May Bank Holiday weekend having arrived, that meant we saw the return of the ever popular Carmarthen Mayor's Races... Nathan Jones reports from earlier today.

Dechreuodd tymor trac a maes yr haf i fyny ac i lawr y wlad yn ystod penwythnos brysur gan gynnwys y gynghrair leol Louise Arthur ar gyfer athletwyr dan 15 yng Nghaerfyrddin ddydd Sadwrn. Ar wyliau gwyl y banc calan Mai, fe gynhaliwyd ddigwyddiad boblogaidd ychwanegol gyda Rasys y Maer Caerfyrddin yn dychwelyd i'r dref...


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The 37th running of the Carmarthen Mayor's Races was held earlier today (Monday) as it gave an opportunity for the whole family to get involved of all ages and abilities. It took runners through the streets of the town centre on what was described as possibly the warmest event recorded with temperatures in the mid to high teens for most part of the day.

The sunny bank holiday conditions attracted runners and spectators alike to enjoy the day's activities and the race day atmosphere from all corners of West, South and Mid Wales.

It saw another bumper turnout ranging in ages from the 2 year olds to the experienced club runners and over 70's. In addition, there were many more hundreds of people who came out to line the streets of Lammas Street and encourage those getting involved. In the period 1982-2006 there were 25 Welsh road race championships held in conjunction within the Mayor's Race ranging from 5K up to the 10 mile and half marathon championship.

With around 700 running, the beauty of the Carmarthen Mayor's Race Fun Run is that they take place in the heart of the town centre, affording great opportunities to cheer on the runners with race commentators Robert Lloyd and Marc Griffiths having the perfect view to name athletes and commentate on proceedings as they developed. The event once again raised thousands of pounds for several charities with many local groups and organisations benefiting with some of the those in action dressed in fancy dress.


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As in previous years, the day started with the senior 5k fun run at 10.00am where runners started opposite the Carmarthen bus station and ran in the opposite direction to other occassions, along the town's roads a total of three times before the grand stand finish up at Guildhall square. The senior 5K was welcomed with chip timing and made officially online, meaning that all athletes were able to get their own individual time once they crossed the line and made it to the finishing line.

Hywel Dda Diabetes, Sir Gar Endoscopy, Towy Community Church, Pembrokeshire Harriers, TROTS, Carmarthen Harriers, Llanelli AC, Amman Valley Harriers, Swansea Harriers, Run4All Neath, Let's Run Carmarthen and Port Talbot Harriers were some of the clubs and charities being represented.

This was followed an hour later by a series of junior races for the following two hours for all ages with smiling faces and excited children - starting with the boys and girls Year 1 & 2's, going up Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 to the Years 7 & 8 before finishing off with a race for the nursery and reception children at 12.45pm, where the young ones could run alongside their friends and family and feel part of the big event.


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The Mayor of Carmarthen Alun Lenny was on hand to start all the races and present medals and trophies to all runners taking part. All finishers received their very own finishers medal by Lenny along with Mrs Ann Lenny, Carmarthen Town Sheriff Cllr Phil Grice and Cllr Emlyn Schiavone, the Carmarthen Town Deputy Mayor. Presentation of trophies were made formally across two award ceremonies on the gantry where parents, clubmates and friends watched on.

Mayor Alun Lenny at the end said: "Da iawn i bawb wnaeth gymryd rhan a diolch yn fawr i'r cefnogwyr a'r trefnwyr a wnaeth gwneud y digwyddiad ar ol 37 blwyddyn yn fath achlysur ar fore hyfryd ym Mis Mai."

In some results round-up for you, the opening race, the 5K event was won overall by Amman Valley Harriers' Rob Davies in a time of 17 minutes 15 seconds. He was followed in by Marc Davies of Swansea Harriers (17:53) and Liam Edwards from Carmarthen Harriers (18:15) to complete the top three. The women's overall champion was local Harrier Wendy Price who took another victory on the road in a time of 20:32. Next in after her was Carmarthen middle distance runner Daisy Thompson (20:59) and Chloe Conelly (22:04).

Race winner Rob Davies spoke to Robert Lloyd shortly after the finish and said: "It was tough conditions out there in reverse but good to see big numbers turning out. I'm happy with my new personal best time of 17:15 considering today's warm conditions. I've got a few marathon events coming up soon."

When asked if this was her first time and how she found the conditions, women's champion Wendy Price replied: "No. I've done it about four times before but this was the most difficult of all. I'm pleased with my day's performance."


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Moving onto the children's age groups, Seren Bowen, Gwilym Rees, Libby Hale, Llion Davies, Liam Upton-Boorman, Amy Tucker and Frank Morgan were victorious and came out on top in their respective categories. Carys Wood and Mared Jones were joint first in the year 5 and 6 girls in a photofinish!

This year's event sponsors featured: Charles B Sams Electrical, G D Harries & Sons LTD, Stiwdiobox, Carmarthen Rotary Club, Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, St Catherine's Walk, Healthy Life Activities, Carmarthen Journal, Jody Thomas Painter and Decorator, Mark Hopley Heating Services, Security 4 Wales, Mayor of Carmarthen Charity Appeals Committee, WPS Insurance Brokers, Spine & Sports Physio, Carl Morgan Building Surveyor, Towy Works LTD, Bowen & Weaving LTD, Robert Lloyd and Diogelwch Myrddin Security.

All in all, another excellent day and a great success helped by the weather. The vests of the Carmarthen club were clear to see along the streets with names being called out by the day's race commentators Robert Lloyd and Marc Griffiths. Several categories were won in the senior and junior age groups and a big well done to all the children who participated, we know that a number of the junior member section of the club were in attendance.

A big thanks again to Noelwyn Daniel (Healthy Life Activities) and Carmarthen Town Council who has worked tirelessly to get everything ready along with all the volunteers, marshals and staff from Carmarthen Town Council. The team look forward to seeing you all again in 2019!

Addressing the crowd ahead of the presentations, Daniel added: "A big thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors who helped out at the event as well as all the parents and athletes who supported. This was the 37th edition of the Carmarthen Mayor's Race and was great to see all ages from the 2 years old up to the 75 year olds involved in the junior and senior 5k races. Llongyarchaiadau i bawb wnaeth ddod i fod yn rhan o'r hwyl."


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5K RESULTS / CANLYNIADAU 5K (provided by the Tri&Enter website)



Carmarthen Harriers / Let's Run Carmarthen 5K finishing times were all follows:

Liam Edwards (18:15); Vince Bailey (20:17); Wendy Price (20:32); Huw Davies (20:38); Daisy Thompson (20:59); Dafydd Bowen (21:17); Joanne Bowes (22:29); Kate Parker (24:20); Cerys Davies (24:31); Lisa Forest (25:33); Gill Edwards (26:49); Eric Evans (29:11); Huw Jones (31:47); Miranda Bowen (32:21); Andrea Brabrook (32:26); Robert Winning (38:52)


CHILDREN'S RACES / RASYS PLANT: Top 3 podium finishers as follows:

Year 1 & 2 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 1 a 2:

1st - 1af: Seren Bowen (Y Dderwen)

2nd - 2ail: Manon Phillips (Peniel)

3rd - 3ydd: Miriam Williams (Y Dderwen)

Year 1 & 2 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 1 a 2:

1st - 1af: Gwilym Rees (Nantgaredig)

2nd - 2ail: Logan MacKenzie-Jones (Y Fro)

3rd - 3ydd: Oliver Hale (Newton)

Year 3 & 4 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 1 a 2:

1st - 1af: Libby Hale (Newton)

2nd - 2ail: Jessica Norman (Llansteffan)

3rd - 3ydd: Beatrice Morgan (Llangadog)

Year 3 & 4 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 3 a 4

1st - 1af: Llion Davies (Y Dderwen)

2nd - 2ail: Jac Jones (Nantgaredig)

3rd - 3ydd: Steffan Thomas (Teilo Sant)

Year 5 & 6 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 5 a 6

1st - 1af: Carys Wood (Stepaside)

1st - 1af: Mared Jones (Y Dderwen)

3rd - 3ydd: Mari Stephens (Castell-Nedd)

Year 5 & 6 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 5 a 6

1st - 1af: Liam Upton-Boorman (Johnstown)

2nd - 2ail: Iwan Thomas (Parc Y Tywyn)

3rd - 3ydd: Ifan Bowen (Y Dderwen)

Year 7 & 8 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 7 a 8

1st - 1af: Amy Tucker (St John Lloyd)

2nd - 2ail: Amy Greatrick (QE High)

3rd - 3ydd: Poppy Deery (Bro Myrddin)

Year 7 & 8 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 7 a 8

1st - 1af: Frank Morgan (Bro Myrddin)

2nd - 2ail: Scott Price (Bro Dinefwr)

3rd - 3ydd: Steffan Davies (Bro Myrddin)


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Carmarthen Harriers Social Media Event Images: Have a look at some extra photos (nearly 100) and presentations in full from the day in Carmarthen (all link pictures: Nathan Jones)


All the action, reaction and coverage from this year's #CarmarthenMayorRaces2018 is available across the Carmarthen Harriers, Healthy Life Activities, Carmarthen Town Council and Carmarthen Mayor's Race websites and social media pages.

The event has also been covered for the press and you'll be available to find reports and images from today's event in the Carmarthen Journal (Wednesday 9th May) and the Carmarthenshire / Llanelli Herald Newspapers (Friday 11th May) - reporters Robert Lloyd and Nathan Jones and photographers Mike Walters and Darren Harries were out and about catching all the action. PICK UP YOUR COPIES THIS WEEK!


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