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Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 22 November 2015 18:15

 

 

 

Full report from Sunday Welsh Cross Country Relay Championships @ Newbridge Fields, Bridgend. Harriers win 3 team events;

 

West is Best!! Harriers Dominate welsh cross country relays. Many thanks as usual for all the support, considering that many would have had a long journey to Bridgend due to the closure of the M4 motorway at Swansea earlier in the morning because of a serious accident which caused chaos on the roads in that area...

On a beautiful but cold day in Bridgend Carmarthen Harriers won 3 age group cross country races in the most exciting series of races seen so far this season.

The Harriers started quietly in the under 11 primary races with only 5 runners competing. In the boys the favourite Frank Morgan pulled up halfway with a twisted ankle leaving it to Ifan Bowen and rhufon Philips to carry the flag . In the end both finished well but just outside the medals with Ifan finishing strongly in 4th. For the girls Milly John and Emma Brazier ran well to ensure Carmarthen were well represented.



In the under 13 girls Phoebe Davis went off fast in the first leg leading even the boys at the end, Maddie Morgan took the second leg holding the lead comfortably from a Cardiff girl in second. Swansea weighted their team with their strongest runners on the last two legs and started to gain on leg 3 but Siwan Jones-Evans stretched out well for the Harriers and handed over to Daisy Thompson for the last leg a full 50 metres clear. Daisy confirmed her outstanding form with an impressive last leg putting pressure on even the boys and achieving the fastest leg of all the under 13 girls to win with ease from a trailing Swansea team.

 



In the under 13 boys the pressure was on to both win the gold and beat the girls! Bedwyr Thomas started well running strongly to put the boys leading by 20 metres from Cardiff Archers. Liam Edwards, arriving with only 5 minutes to spare after being caught in traffic, ran impressively to give a clear lead as other teams placed some of their fastest athletes on the 3rd leg. In this leg Joseff fought hard all the way, keeping the team in contention and handing over to Iwan Glynn in a close to 3rd place. Most thought Iwan had gone of a little fast as he closed quickly past a Bridgend athlete and then focused on the Cardiff Archers runner who was beginning to fade - however with 400 metres to go he took the lead with the Cardiff boy following him. Finally he stretched away winning the Welsh Championship by 10 metres and running the fastest leg of the boys. Both Iwan and Daisy recorded fastest times.

The pressure was on for the under 15 boys after the juniors domination of their age groups. Tomas Rees went off hard finishing his leg very strongly in second place overall. Gareth Thompson then ran well, continuing his seasons good form,  running behind a good Cardiff athlete and keeping the team fully In contention for the title as he handed over to Iestyn Williams. The excitement built and the pace quickened on leg three as Iestyn coped well with the pressure but could only close a little on Cardiff. All hopes were with Ben Thomas on the last leg as he he started a full 25 metres behind The best Cardiff athlete . Closing quickly he demonstrated a master class in tactical running gaining quickly and then sitting on his rivals shoulder until with 350 metres to go he pulled away with ease winning the under 15 boys title for Carmarthen by 15 metres.

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Also on Sunday was the Sospan Road Runners 10 Mile multi terrain race at Pembrey - the club had finishers from Sharon Leech in 41st and Huw Davies in 50th.