SIAB & Home Countries Schools International XC Falkirk - Report 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 20 March 2016 12:47

@CarmsHarriers & Welsh Schools AA: On Saturday (19th March) Welsh Schools & Welsh Athletics athletes competed at the annual Schools International Athletic Board's Cross Country champs, combined with the Home Countries International @ Callendar Park, Falkirk in Scotland.



Teams of 8 boys and girls were selected and competed over the Junior and Middle age groups incorporating pupils from Years 8 to 11 from schools across Wales, making a total of 44 Welsh Schools members along with 11 chosen by Welsh Athletics for the Home Countries. Teams were selected from performances at Cross Country events from last December’s Inter Regional at Builth Wells through to the Welsh Schools Championships held at Brecon in February, and the weekend gave an opportunity to test form against the top cross country talent from across the UK and Ireland.

The team departed South Wales very early on Friday 18th March for the long coach journey provided by our club sponsors, Ffoshelig Coaches - into Scotland before spending the night in the area ready for the team photo on Saturday morning before the main races began from lunchtime.

This year’s event was combined with the Home Countries International for Senior and Under 20s athletes and WSAA entered alongside those selected by Welsh Athletics in these age groups.

As expected pre-event - athletes from English Schools were dominant winning all age groups - however the Welsh Team performed well as they battled it out with athletes from our Celtic neighbours. Welsh Schools won a total of 24 medals throughout the competition and several athletes from West Wales and Dyfed were involved.


News: Three Carmarthen Harriers Members/Athletes were chosen to represent Welsh Schools in the SIAB & Home Countries International in 2016.

SIAB U15B: IWAN GLYNN - 21st 00:13:56 - Team Silver

SIAB U17B: BEN THOMAS - 31st 00:21:53 - Team Bronze

H/C U20M: ASHRAF LILES - 29th 00:28:12 - Team 5th

Other Scores: U15G - 3rd, U17G - 4th, U20W - Wales 7th, Welsh Schools 9th, U20M - Wales 6th


Congratulations to the three and should be proud of their achievements!

Da iawn i'r tim i gyd!


Full Welsh Schools WSAA Team 2016:

WSAA Teams - SIAB XC 2016
Elliott Lawrence St. Joseph's Comprehensive, Port Talbot.
Dominic Smith Olchfa Comprehensive, Swansea
Joseph Crutchley Llanidloes High School, Powys
Oliver Barbaresi YsgolFriars, Bangor
Ben Thomas Ysgol Y Strade, Llanelli
Morgan James Ysgol Cwm Rhymni, Caerphilly
Luke Davies Llandrindod High School, Powys
Cedol Dafydd Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor
Abbie Williams Pembroke School, Dyfed
Megan Bowen Ysgol Cwm Rhymni, Caerphilly
Carys Bill Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr, Cardiff
Naomi Reid Y Pant Comprehensive, Pontyclun
Isobel Dodd Brynteg Comprehensive, Bridgend
Abi Fisher Crickhowell High School, Powys
Eabha Roberts Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, Amlwch
Kiara Frizelle Cathedral School, Cardiff
Eluned King Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea
Mia Roberts Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin
Isobel Brown Stanwell Comprehensive, Barry
Orla Davies Alun School, Mold
Caitlin Gwyther Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea
Nia Clatworthy Porthcawl Comprehensive, Bridgend
Mollie Jones Sandfields Comprehensive, Port Talbot
Laura Sharp Alun School, Mold
Osian Perrin Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni, Anglesey
Nathan Jones Bishopston Comprehensive, Swansea
Daniel John Ysgol Gyfun Gartholwg, Pontypridd
James Penrose Wycliff School, Machen
Mike Spill YsgolFriars, Bangor
Iwan Glynn Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen
Tomos Land Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, Llanrwst
Joseph Reardon Rhydywaun Comprehensive, Hirwaun
Home Countries International
Matthew Williams Milford Haven School, Dyfed
Christian Smith Coleg Cambria, North East Wales
Marinus Petersen Ysgol Dewi Sant, St David's, Dyfed
Jake Heyward Llanishen School, Cardiff
Ashraf Liles Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ammanford
Robin Harris Olchfa Comprehensive, Swansea
Jessica Bradley Sir Thomas Picton School, Haverfordwest
Bethan Harris Gower College, Swansea
Rhiannon Kamink Ysgol Y Creuddyn, Llandudno
Megan Tucker Crickhowell High School, Powys
Belinda Wallace Ysgol Bro Morgannwg, Barry
Emma Lightart Radyr Comprehensive, Cardiff
Management Team
Med Richards
Matthew Richards
Joan Goldsmith
Carol Jones
Home Countries
Steve Jones
Delyth Brown
Dai Gatehouse
Dai Williams
Gerald Davies


Full Set of Results


@CarmsHarriers / @WWalesAthletics / @WelshAthletics / Carmarthen Facebook for more photos sent in to us

Report from Welsh Schools

Bright spring sunshine and firm underfoot conditions welcomed the Welsh athletes who made the long trip north for the traditional close to the cross country season. Athletes were based at the Scottish Police College at Tuliallan with a 20 minute coach ride taking them into the venue at Falkirk. The course used the natural contours of the park terrain and provided a great test for all.

Our Schools athletes got the day under way with the Junior Girl’s race over 3k the first event. A group of 5 English athletes were quickly to the fore alongside Mia Roberts (Brynhyfryd), Mia has enjoyed a great season in domestic competition and she took the chance to get in amongst the English athletes and really test herself against the best. She eventually crossed the line in 6th and was well supported by Eluned King (Gwyr) who had her best run of the winter as she finished in 10th. Caitlyn Gwyther (Gwyr) underlined her obvious potential in 16th, with Isobel Brown (Stanwell) and Orla Davies Mold Alun) in 22nd and 23rd. respectively and Mollie Jones (Sandfields) completing the scorers in 25th. The 102 point total was good enough for the team bronze, behind the dominant English and the Scots.

The Junior Boys were able to go one better as they took team silver behind an equally dominant English squad. James Penrose (Wycliff) matched Mia Roberts 6th place in the first race. A storming run from Osian Perrin (Llangefni) saw him improve from last place going into the first turn to 7th at the finish, Nathan Jones (Bishopston) and Joseph Reardon (Rhydywaun) worked well together to finish 15th and 16th respectively, Daniel John (Gartholwg) and Iwan Glynn (Bro Myrddin) finished in 18th and 21st to complete the scoring and the team performance of the day.

The team medals dried up in the next race as our middle girls were pipped for the bronze by Ireland. Isobel Dodd showed a great return to form, first across the line in 13th, there were also top 20 placings for Carys Bill (Plasmawr) in 19th and Abbie Williams (Pembroke) in 20th. Normal service resumed in the final SIAB race as we captured our third team medal with another bronze in the Middle Boys. Three top 10 finishers by Oliver Barbaresi (Friars) in 5th, Joe Crutchley (Llanidloes) in 8th and Dominic Smith (Olchfa) in 10th. Scoring was completed by Elliot Lawrence (St Joseph’s Port Talbot), Morgan James (Cwm Rhymni) and Cedol Dafydd (Tryfan). The race was also notable with a Welsh winner in the form of Matthew Willis (Wrexham AC), Matthew attends school across the border and is therefore ineligible for Welsh Schools, his win coming in the white vest of English Schools.

The three team medals represented a significant improvement on the single bronze achieved at Dublin in 2015. Another benchmark of improvement can be seen in the 7 top 10 placings compared with the 4 achieved at Santry last year.

The Home Countries event kicked off with the under 20 women over three large laps of the course and a 6k distance.  Jessica Bradley (Sir Thomas Picton) was the first Welsh Schools scorer in 26th with Bethan Harris (Gower College) and Rhiannon Kamink (Creuddyn) completing the scorers in 31st and 32nd. Heidi Davies (Brecon AC) led the Welsh Athletics team home as she achieved a top 10 finish. Heidi was backed up by Bethan Evans (Cardiff AAC) in 28th and Lara Philipart (Swansea Harriers) in 35th. The Welsh Athletics team just pipped Welsh Schools in the team event with the team representing England again taking the honours.

The honours were reversed in the under 20 men with the Welsh Schools team edging out Welsh Athletics by the narrowest of margins. Ciaran Lewis (Cardiff AAC) produced one of the stand out performances of the day when he led the Welsh Athletics team home in 5th , Ciaran was well supported by James Hunt (Cardiff AAC) and Jack Turner (Stroud AC) in 24th and 30th . Some slightly better packing from the Schools athletes saw them finish with a team score of 58 ahead of the Welsh Athletics team with 59. It was Jake Heyward (Llanishen High School) leading the Schools team in 11th with Matthew Williams (Milford Haven) and Christian Smith (Coleg Cambria) closing out the team in 20th and 27th . This left Welsh Schools in 5th place and Welsh Athletics in 6th in the team event and the Schools team 2nd to the Irish in the Schools standings.

It was the fast improving Lucy Marland (Cardiff AAC) finishing first of the Welsh team in the Senior Women’s event as she came home in 13th just ahead of Clara Evans (Pontypridd) in 15th ,sadly Charlotte Gaughan (Cardiff AAC) had to pull out with severe cramp leaving the team unclassified in the team competition. Late withdrawals had left the senior men with just two athletes on the start line and a similar result in the team event. However, this should not detract from 2 impressive individual performances from Owain Jones (Bristol & West) in 7th and the experienced Rob Samuel (Eryri Harriers) in 11th. A third scorer would have left them in contention for team medals, but not to be on this occasion.

Welsh Schools are grateful to all the team managers who supported our young athletes throughout the weekend, thanks also go out to our hosts at Scottish Schools and Scottish Athletics as well as the small army of parents, family members and coaches who made the long journey north. Thanks also go to Sharon Leech and Graham Finlayson who made up the Welsh Athletics management team. A particular feature of the weekend was the togetherness of the teams representing Wales, we all look forward to next year’s event when Welsh Schools and Welsh Athletics are the hosts with Margam Park in Port Talbot the chosen venue.