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A look back at the 2020 Welsh Athletics Cross Country Championships - on this weekend in February 2020

This month was scheduled to see the 2021 Welsh Athletics Cross Country Championships return to Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire. Unfortunately, because of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the event was cancelled in 2021.

Here's a look back at the 2020 event report when it was held on this weekend in February (20/02/20).

Roedd y mis hwn fod i weld 2021 Pencampwriaeth Traws Gwlad Athletau Cymru yn dychwelyd i Barc Gwledig Penbre yn Sir Gaerfyrddin. Yn anffodus, oherwydd y cyfyngiadau COVID-19 parhaus, mae'r digwyddiad wedi'i ganslo yn 2021.

Dyma edrych yn ôl ar adroddiad digwyddiad 2020 pan gafodd ei gynnal ar y penwythnos hwn ym mis Chwefror (20/02/20).

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FEBRUARY 2020 / CHWEFROR 2020 - REPORT

The 116th staging of the annual George Crump MBE Memorial Welsh Athletics Clubs Cross Country Championships took place at a familiar venue for Carmarthen Harriers members on Saturday (22nd February).

Held in 2016-2018 at Singleton Park in Swansea, the popular fixture travelled 20 miles further West to Pembrey Country Park, near Llanelli for the second year in succession.

These championships have provided great inter-club entertainment since the first ever event in Ely back in 1894 and has always been one of the most important events of the year in Wales.

In one of the largest fields to date, the 2020 edition of the Welsh Athletics Cross Country Championships saw 768 athletes finish their respective races.

On a demanding course that showcased the counties park and the surrounding areas using a fast and looping course, the competitors aged 9 to 80 tackled fast grass sections, sand dunes, woods and paths as well as running over logs.

More than 30 clubs from all corners of Wales, including big numbers from North Wales clubs who made the long journey down South, sent teams to participate and awards were shared around several athletic clubs.

There were eleven races on the Welsh championship race timetable for the future primary school generation (U11) right up to the more experienced seniors and masters with individual titles and team medals up for grabs. Race distances varied from 1,550m for the under 11's to the senior and master men's total distance of 10,350m.

Coming out as victors and gold medallists in their respective events from under 11 to senior were: William Coles - Carmarthen Harriers (Primary Schools Boys 5:00), Libby Hale (Primary Schools Girls 5:24), Iwan Thomas - Carmarthen Harriers (Under 13 Boys 11:13), Beca Haf Bown - Menai Track and Field (Under 13 Girls 11:46), Frank Morgan - Carmarthen Harriers (Under 15 Boys 14:58), Jessica Evans - Cardiff Athletics (Under 15 Girls 16:32), Osian Perrin - Menai Track and Field (Under 17 Men 15:42), Samia Jones - Menai Track and Field (Under 17 Women 18:37), Dominic Smith - Swansea Harriers (24:06), Martha Owen - Deeside AC (19:02), James Hunt - Cardiff Athletics (Senior Men 31:58), Marc Hobbs - Swansea Harriers (Master Men 35 33:35), James Thie - Cardiff Athletics (Master Men 40 35:30), Huw Evans - Les Croupiers (Master Men 45 36:50), Lee Aherne - Parc Bryn Bach Running Club (Master Men 50 38:23), Thomas Guest - Swansea Harriers (Master Men 55 40:19), Dave James - Les Croupiers (Master Men 60 39:17), Alan Davies - Llanelli AC (Master Men 65 28:58), Richard Evans - Cardiff Athletics (Master Men 38:06), Melanie Wilkins - Wycombe Phoenix Harriers & AC (Senior Women 26:45), Helen Sharpe - Cardiff Athletics (Master Women 35 29:31), Wendy Price - Carmarthen Harriers (Master Women 40 31:06), Sandra Chipper - Lliswerry Runners (Master Women 45 29:08), Ceri Hooper - Les Croupiers (Master Women 50 32:29), Mary Anthony - TROTS (Master Women 55 34:07), Julie Scholey - Les Croupiers (Master Women 60 36:56)

 

 

A total of thirty-nine Carmarthen Harriers athletes over eleven categories competed at the Welsh Athletics Cross Country Championships 2020 and came away with some more excellent individual and team results in their local county park, where many go to do some training on a regular basis.

Some of the highlights included...

  • seven individual medallists from William Coles, Jac Jones, Amelia Williams, Iwan Thomas, Frank Morgan, Eva Edwards and Wendy Price.
  • Team victories for the primary schools boys, under 13 boys and master women 40, and team bronze for the under 15 boys team.
  • scoring teams in five of the junior age groups with all finishing in the top four.

The tally of medals picked up in 2020 came to 22... (15 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze)