Gwent League Cross Country 2015/16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 06 March 2016 18:34

Catch Up with the Harriers out on the road at rounds 4 and 5 (Monmouth & Brecon) as the Gwent Cross Country League concludes for another season...




Harriers Boys and Girls Win the League

In the final Gwent League of the season, Carmarthen Harriers Under 13 Girls and Under 15 Boys beat clubs from across South Wales and the South West of England to top the final standings after the final event in Brecon.

It was a weakened team that approached the final fixture for the under 13 girls as illness took it's toll on the Welsh Relay Champion's wider team. Fears were that Swansea would take the title. However the ever present core of the team came through and despite running with colds, Daisy Thompson 5th, Phoebe Davis 6th and Maddie Morgan 24th did enough to secure the seasons title ahead of Westbury, Cardiff and Swansea. Individual 3rd came to Daisy Thompson and 5th overall to Phoebe Davis.

In the under 15 boys Ben Thomas led the way with an outstanding performance to win his individual race, the individual seasons title and leading home the all important team victory. Tomos Rees ran out of his skin for his best position of the season in 3rd, Iestyn Williams came 10th (5th overall for the season) with Gareth Thompson finishing in 14th. William Thompson and Casper Farquhar in 30th and 36th ensured that this strong team dominated the season and came out as deserving victors.

In the other races the under 11 boys were led home by Frank Morgan in 5th followed closely by Ifan Bowen 8th and Ioan Cressey-Rogers 10th. These talented novice boys took a bronze medal in the team event and Ifan Bowen was rewarded for consistency with 5th overall in the individual league, showing exceptional potential in his first season for the club.

In the Novice girls Seren Davis ran very well for 6th with Emma Brazier and Jessica Lee taking good points behind her in 26th and 37th. Had these girls managed to field a full team in every race they would have surely finished in the medals. In the under 13 boys Liam Edwards had his best position of 9th to finish 5th in the league for the season with Bedwyr Thomas 23rd, Dafydd Jones 26th and Leon Champion 41st. With many of these runners in the same age group next year and talented novice boys moving up an age group the title should be a target next season.

Other results included Non Morgan - 16th in the under 15 girls, Thomas Jones 4th overall in the U17/U20 men and as ever Gordon Orme continued to demonstrate his dominantion in winning the Over 70 mens league and the race on the day.





25 Carmarthen Harriers made the long trip to Monmouth to compete in freezing temperatures against the the best cross country runners in South Wales and the South West of England on Saturday.

This good turn out was critical as three of our teams entered the fixture in a podium position. The under 13 girls and under 15 boys demonstrated real strength in depth maintaining their team positions at the top of the league.

Harriers Girls and boys are top of the league

In the under 13 girls 5 girls ran and the Welsh cross country relay champions continued their domination of the league with performances that defied the freezing temperatures and cold. Leading the way was Phoebe Davis (6th) Daisy Thompson ( 7th) and Maddie Morgan (15th). Newcomer Mollie Cressy Rodgers was 20th and Siwan Jones Evans finished 25th.

The under 15 boys also dominated the team event again and Ben Thomas ran strongly as always in a closely fought race to finish behind two English athletes who possibly benefited from not having to race midweek in the Welsh schools. He did well to finish 3rd less than a minute ahead of Iestyn Williams (9th) and Archi Morgan(16th).  One of the best runs of the day was from Caspar Farquhar in his best ever position of 24th and followed by Haydyn Roberts in 39th.

In the first race of the day the under 11 boys maintained their place in the top three teams. With sickness depleting the team 3 boys stepped up to the plate with Ioan Cressey Rodgers starting slowly but finished fast and securing his best ever position of 4th overall closely followed by two of Harriers youngest members Ifan Bowen (12th) and Harry Billingham (24th).

The individual performance of the day came from Iwan Glynn where the Welsh international ran a fantastic race against some outstanding athletes to finish 2nd in the under 13 boys. Strength in depth was evidenced by Liam Edwards who followed up his 4th place in the Welsh schools in midweek to finish 10th in this tough race. Dafydd Jones (28th) and and Leon Campion (49th) claimed crucial points.

In the under 11 girls Seren Davies made her debut for the club having just turned 9 years old. In a fine run she went out at the front of the field but was eventually pulled back into the pack by the older athletes holding on to finish a very good 10th. Followed by Emma Brazier (22nd) and Milly John (28th) this was a good overall team result for the Harriers youngest girls.

Other results included two athletes (Eva Edwards and Taylor McArthur) who ran together for much of the race eventually finishing 27th and 31st in the under 15 girls. Gordon Orme maintained his position as the best veteran over 70 with a now expected 1st place, Thomas Jones had a good run in the under 17/under 20 men with a 6th place finish and Louise Jones-Evans was 34th in the Senior Women.


There are more photos available on the Harriers Facebook Page (link on home page)


The harriers squad (Gwent League 2015/16)

Frank Morgan, Ifan Bowen, Rhufon Phillips, Steffan Davies, Ioan Collier, Ioan Cressey-Rodgers,  Harry Billingham, George Condon, Iwan Glynn, Bedwyr Thomas, Liam Edwards, Joseff Rhys-Ellis, Deian Morgan, Rhys Cassell, Jayden Evans, Dafydd Jones, Leon Champion, Ben Thomas, Iestyn Williams, Tomos Rees, Archi Morgan, Gareth Thompson, William Thompson, Callum Lovatt, Trystan Leech, Casper Farquar, Haydn Roberts, Thomas Jones, Ashraf Liles, Dwayne Griffiths, Sion Lewis, Ryan Jenkins, Nikita Neary, Huw Davies, Gordon Orme, Peter Moody, Milly John, Emma Brazier, Keira Carmody, Jessica Lee, Ella Davis, Caryl-Haf Lloyd, Seren Davies, Daisy Thompson, Phoebe Davis, Siwan Jones-Evans, Maddie Morgan, Molly Cressey-Rodgers, Non Morgan, Elin Jones, Cerys Davies, Elen Hawkins, Eva Edwards, Mali Weston, Emily Shawyer, Taylor McArthur, Ellie Kiff, Sharon Leech, Louise Jones-Evans, Gill Edwards, Cressy Morgan.