Gwent League Cross Country League 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Saturday, 05 December 2015 19:11

Harriers With the Wind behind them! A team of 20 athletes team travelled to Bristol this Saturday to race in the third round of the seasons Gwent league.


Running in the grounds of Blaise Castle they had to battle gail force winds, open fields and wooded sections in one of the seasons most technical courses.


The under 11 boys team travelled well and had their best result of the season with two Ysgol Y Dderwen pupils finishing in the top 10. Frank Morgan finished a very close second last time but this time ran a better tactical race sitting at the back of a group of 5. His principle rival from Westbury, then started to pull away from the group on the steep wooded sections. Frank followed him a metre behind but going into the final straight the gap was 10 metres. However in the sprint Frank was stronger winning the race from the English boy in the last few strides for the Harriers only win of the day. It was then critical that others in the age group ran well and Ifan Bowen a year 4 boy and running against boys from year 6 finished in his best ever 9th place overall. This was an impressive run that signals great potential for the future. Right behind him with good finishes were Ioan Cressey-Rodgers improvingon his last outing with 12th and Rhufon Phillips with a strong finish in 38th.

The under 11 girls team was led home by Milly John in 33rd, maintaining consistent form and Caryl Haf Lloyd finished a very good 51st in her first race for the club.

In a diminished team all eyes were on Liam Edwards as the only under 13 boy representing Carmarthen. He ran well to defend his top 10 record and finished strongly sprinting over the line for a very good 10th place finish to cement his place firmly in the leagues top 10 overall despite being in his first year in this age group.

The under 13 girls came next, fresh from their victory at the Welsh relay Championships. Daisy was possibly the favourite going into the race having won with ease in Cardiff and Bridgend. This time talented Swansea and Bridgend  athletes took it out very fast stretching away with Carmarthen's Phoebe Davis and Daisy Thompson working hard to keep with the pace in the windy conditions. Daisy closed the gap and at half way was right behind them as they disappeared from sight into the woods. As they came back into sight the swansea athlete had made her move and despite closing the gap towards the end Daisy settled for a very good 3rd just ahead of the fast finishing Phobe in 4th. The team maintained their lead over the best in Wales and the South west of England with a strong 16th from Siwan Jones Evan and 25th from Maddie Morgan both fighting hard in the windy conditions.

In the under 15 girls Eva Edwards ran strongly throughout picking up good points in 33rd place. Next came one of the Harriers stronger teams in the under 15 boys where a strong team of 6 boys were entered. Ben Thomas led the charge chasing two Cardiff and a Westbury boys on the 4600 metre course. Four athletes ran together initially  until one of the Cardiff athletes dropped away. Slowly a gap was opened between them that Ben was unable to close and the Welsh international had to settle for a very good third in the end. Closing all the time on the leading runners was Iestyn Williams who bettered his Cardiff performance by two places to finish in the top 10. Iestyn was closely followed by Archi Morgan in 15th and Gareth Thompson in 24th.  The team performance was then completed by strong runs from Will Thompson (40th) and Casper Farquhar (45th) to keep the Harriers Under 15 team at the top of the league!


In the Senior Women Louise Jones Evans followed her daughter Siwan with a strong 54th placing and Gordon Orme finished 78th overall to maintain his position as the best vereran over 70 man in the league.



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In other news on 6th December, the Aberystwyth 10k was held and Ryan Jenkins & Sion Lewis were 1st and 2nd in the u20 age group with times of 33.40.80 and 36.38.81. The 10K attracted 400 runners with more in the junior races.