2015 - December 12-13 & Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 13 December 2015 20:24

With 2015 coming to an end, the weekend saw the last big event in Wales - the Welsh Inter-Regionals; catch up with how the harriers got on, along with other results and the harriers Christmas party;



Welsh Inter-Regional XC Championships report



A large West Wales team, 118 in total and team managed by Hedydd Davies, Nathan Jones & Rebecca Gatt, containing many Carmarthen Harriers had to contend with driving rain, energy sapping hills and a strong wind in Builth Wells as the best Cross country runners from the four regions in Wales gathered for the inter regional Welsh Championships on Saturday 12 December where the final Welsh title of 2015 were decided.

The race of the day was in the under 15 boys where athletes faced a challenging 4400 metre course. At the start an athlete from North Wales threw caution to the wind and strode out to create a 30 metre lead. With the more experienced athletes benefitting from running in the group behind he was soon caught by the group and dropped down the standings paying for his early pace. With a kilometre to go three athletes were left running together, two from the south and Harriers Ben Thomas. The pace and tension built steadily as each runner tried, in turn, to break the others. Amazingly they came into the finishing straight locked together with Thomas perhaps a yard off the pace. As they approached the line all thought the talented Penrose from the south had it before Thomas with a final push crossed the line for gold by half a stride in the most exciting finish of the day. Behind him Harriers were well represented with Tomos Rees and Archi Morgan finishing only a few seconds apart in 15th and 17th and Gareth Thompson in 23rd. Callum Lovatt in 28th, Will Thompson in 32nd and Casper Farquar (41st) ran well to complete good Harriers representation in the West wales team. Iestyn Williams was also part of the team but unfortunately had to pull out half way through.

Before the older boys were the under 11 s. Carmarthen Harriers won both the year 5 and year 6 boys races. In the year five race Harry Billingham ran from the front in his 1st race for the club winning comfortably - demonstrating he is clearly one to watch for the future. He was followed in by Steffan Davies in 11th with another consistent run. In the year 6 boys Frank Morgan ran two thirds of the race with a boy from South Wales before stretching out to win comfortably by more than 30 metres to continue his improving form this season. Frank was joined on the podium by Ioan Cressey-Rodgers finishing fastest for a bronze medal in 3rd. In the under 11 girls Emma Brazier showed her continued improvement over the last year for a very good 5th place with Ella Davis finishing strongly in 19th. In year 6 girls Caryl-Haf Lloyd ran extraordinarily well in her second run for the club to finish 6th.

Next were the Under 13 girls where West Wales went in as the clear favourites with 4 Carmarthen Harriers out to score points for the region. In the hilly course a Bridgend Athlete, representing the South took it out from the start. She was followed closely by a Swansea runner and Carmarthen's Daisy Thompson and  Phoebe Davis. The tough course soon stretched the field out and despite both racing against girls a year older Thompson and Davis held on for excellent points in 4th and 5th with Daisy just missing out on a medal behind a fast finishing athlete from the North. Close behind Siwan Jones-Evans (14th)was tracked all the way by Maddie Morgan (15th)  with Morgan finishing just behind her teammate. There were smiles all round at the end as the under 13 girls proved West is Best (at least in this age group!) by winning the team gold medal.

In the under 13 boys 6 Bro Myrddin Boys were at the heart of the West Wales team who faced a formidable challenge from strong North and South teams. Iwan Glynn, last years Welsh Cross Country Champion, led the challenge from the West tracking strong runners from the North and South. In the wind and mud, where many of the track runners struggled, he held on for a fine 3rd place and a bronze medal. School mates Joseff Rhys-Ellis (13th) , Liam Edwards (15th) and Bedwyr Thomas (28th) ran strong races, giving everything to finish amongst the best of the West Wales athletes. Nicholas Evans and Dafydd Jones completed a strong performance from Bro Myrddin boys finishing 38th and 41st.

The Under 15 Harriers girls were led home by Non Morgan in 21st running consistently throughout the race despite the conditions and Mali Weston, Cerys Davies and Ellen Hawkins in 36th, 39th and 40th respectively.

In the under 17's Ellie Kiff ran an excellent race finishing in 10th place overall and 5th in a strong West Wales team for this age group. Thomas Jones continued the Harriers representation in the older age categories finishing 25th overall. They were followed, in the under 20 mens category by a winning team performance in the boys. Leading the way from Carmarthen was Ryan Jenkins in 6th and followed by Achraf Liles (9th) Sion Lewis (11th) and Dwayne Griffiths (16th) for the hilly 6340 metre course. In the U20 Women, Amber Howell was another 6th place finisher.

In the senior races, Louise Jones Evans, Huw Davies and Gordon Orme continued their good form in large fields. Lloyd Heckler raced well to finish 2nd overall just behind fellow west runner Joshua Griffiths.

After the event, it was confirmed that Lloyd Heckler and Ben Thomas have both been selected to represent Wales in the Celtic International in Edinburgh next month. All athletes can be proud they represented the region with teams now being selected for the UK inter counties race in Birmingham.

West Wales individual podium medals came from:
U13G Caitlin Gwyther - Silver.
U13B Iwan Glynn - Bronze.
U15G Eluned King - Silver.
U15B Ben Thomas - Gold.
SM Josh Griffiths - Gold.
SM Lloyd Heckler - Silver
M40 Huw Evans - Gold
M50 Ifan Lloyd - Bronze
U17M Dominic Smith - Gold
W35 Helen Marshall - Silver
U20M Jonathan Tobin - Gold
U20M Christian Lovatt - Silver
U20W Megan Carter-Davies - Bronze

Elsewhere there were other big events around the area. Lauryn Davey from Ammanford represented Wales at the combined events schools international held in Glasgow, and in the under 18 girls competition, she was one of many athletes to score over 3000. Finishing in 12th overall, she managed to collect 3155 throughout all the events. At the Merthyr Mawr Christmas pudding Run in Bridgend, Sharon Leech was 4th female home in a time of 43.57.


The harriers annual christmas party turned out to be another big success with all place filled - it was a great night of bowling, food and fun. Thanks to Rhian Glynn for once again organizing the evening and to all athletes for their effort during 2015



Take a look at over 50 more images on the harrier facebook page from Builth Wells and the Christmas Party.



Weekend Catch-Up

Welsh Inter-Regional & Primary XC (Builth Wells)

Over 40 images uploaded onto HARRIERS FACEBOOK PAGE

Harriers Christmas Party 2015 (Johnstown)

Live pictures/video and updates uploaded onto HARRIERS FACEBOOK PAGE


CHRISTMAS: Llyn Llech Owain ParkRun - Gorslas SA14 7NF

19.12 - Iestyn Williams 19.20; Huw Davies 21.47; Frank Morgan 23.47; Maddie Morgan 24.13; Jake Morgan 24.14.

25/12 - Callum Lovatt 19.56; Sharon Leech 20.05; Trystan Leech 24.45

26/12 - Ifan Bowen 23.50; Daisy Thompson 22.42; Dafydd Jones 25.39. Held every Saturday morning at 9am.