Dyfed Primary Schools Cross Country Championships 2019 / Pencampwriaeth Traws Gwlad Ysgolion Cynradd Dyfed 2019 - CATCH UP as Carmarthen School retain title
For the 32nd successive year, Dyfed Primary Schools once again turned out in their numbers on Thursday evening, 4th April at one of the most popular sporting events currently being held in Dyfed and West Wales. It gave youngsters in four school year groups the opportunity to get involved in running and enjoy the race experience alongside their school mates.
A total of over 1,200 runners (see below for individual race numbers) from more than 60 Dyfed primary schools descended on the United Counties Showground in Nantyci on the outskirts of Carmarthen to compete in the annual District cross-country championships, organised by Hedydd Davies. The car park was full, all kinds of food quickly sold and plenty of local West Wales talent out on show.
Despite the wintry conditions and wet weather earlier on in the day, the turnout was fantastic with the sun braking through the clouds just in time. Runners, officials and spectators came from all corners of the three counties in Dyfed which are Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
The first of the races began slightly later in 2019 at 17:00 with the event being held three weeks later than recent years because of the Easter Holiday timing. First off was the first glimpse of the year 3 athletes who were most probably competing for their school for the first time. It then went up to year 4 and year 5 before the year 6 runners took part in the cross-country championships for the final time before they join the various secondary school leagues next season.
A total of eight races was on offer for the spectators during the evening's programme, with the year 3 and year 4's completing 2 large laps whilst the year 5 and year 6's had an extra small lap at the beginning. The finish was situated right in front of the main grandstand, where it provided an ideal opportunity for supporters to cheer and encourage the youngsters on.
The youngsters taking part were supported excellently by year 7, year 8 and year 9 endurance runners at Carmarthen Harriers who helped out as hares and back markers to ensure that everyone got to the finish line. A great job was done by Frank Morgan, Jack Thomas, Steffan Davies, Jake Lynock, Ifan Bowen, Amy Greatrick, Erin Morgan and Frances Mackie who took the lead in all eight races and were more than happy to help.
The championships in Nantyci were this year kindly sponsored by Welsh Athletics and McDonalds Carmarthen.
Ron Mounsey from McDonalds has been a great supporter of school athletics and cross country in Dyfed for a number of years and said: "We at McDonalds are very pleased and proud to once again be sponsoring the Dyfed Primary Schools Cross Country Championships.
"It is a privilege to see so many young children taking part in sport."
Over 100 Awards were presented to the first ten in each race and the first three teams as the evening light faded. On completion of the competition, awards were made by special guests invited to attend who were Cllr Mansel Charles (Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council) and Consort Mrs Bethan Charles-Davies, Cllr Jeff Thomas (Deputy Mayor of Carmarthen) and Emlyn Dole (Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council).
The first ten in the year 6 races and the first 2 in Year 5 have been invited to compete for Dyfed primary schools in the annual inter match with West Glamorgan primary schools at Ashleigh Road Playing Fields, Swansea University next Monday (8th April) with the start at 5pm. Follow the Latest on the Harriers Social Media Pages on Monday afternoon.
Race by Race Round-Up / Crynhondeb o'r Rasys wrth Grwp Oedran
Year 3 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 3
1. Eva Davies (Llanybydder)
2. Emily David (Cleddau Reach)
3. Marilia Katsapi (Gelli Aur)
4. Nancie Sinclair Jones (Pennar)
5. Mollie Charlton (Caer Elen)
Team Win: Ysgol Caer Elen were the first team winners of the 2019 championships, led in by Charlton in fifth individually. The score of 65pts was 4 ahead of Ysgol Y Dderwen (69pts) in second led in by sixth-placed Seren Bowen with Gymraeg Aberaeron collecting their first bronze medals in third spot (77pts).
Year 3 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 3
1. Harry Broadhurst (Tenby Juniors)
2. Sonny Forbes Tinsley (Gymraeg Aberaeron)
3. Osian Thomas (Y Dderwen)
4. Cai Davies (Nantgaredig)
5. Joe Warrender (Cleddau Reach)
Team Win: Ysgol Y Dderwen picked up their first set of gold medals in the year 3 boys with a points tally of 38. Behind them occuping second was Pembroke Dock (87pts) and Gymraeg Aberaeron matching the girls' result in third (92pts).
Year 4 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 4
1. Esme Lynock (Llangadog)
2. Gwennan Jones (Y Dderwen)
3. Meadow Norris (Comins Coch)
4. Grace Fraser Jones (Llangynnwr)
5. Cadi Bryan (Maenclochog)
Team Win: It was no surpirse to see Ysgol Y Dderwen (22pts) win this age group thanks to their three scorers finishing in the first twelve. Joining Jones was Ana Jones and Martha Bowen. Llanelli school Iau Llangennech were silver medallists (44pts) and Ysgol Bro Brynach coming through to take a comfortable third (66pts)
Year 4 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 4
1. Rhys James (Y Dderwen)
2. Jack Billingham (Tavernspite)
3. Tomos Jones (Griffith Jones)
4. Caden Fox (Mary Immaculate)
5. David Schroder (Mary Immaculate)
Team Win: James shortly after receiving the gold medal for winning the race won a second in the team event with his Ysgol Y Dderwen teammates (50pts) with Johnston School (56pts) and Ysgol Griffith Jones (71pts) making their first appearances up in the presentation stand.
Year 5 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 5
1. Jessica Norman (Llansteffan)
2. Martha Morgan (Teilo Sant)
3. Skye Bruce (Penrhyn)
4. Jessica Hughes (Llangynnwr)
5. Ophelia Jenkins (Tavernspite)
Team Win: It was Ysgol Llangynnwr (42pts) who took the year 5 girls' title with Hughes being the first scorer in fourth. Cleddau Reach school including Sophie Cox in thirteenth were in second (62pts) and Ysgol Y Dderwen (65pts) coming away with third this time.
Year 5 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 5
1. William Coles (Llangadog)
2. Gwilym Jac Jones (Nantgaredig)
3. Iwan Brazier (Y Ddwylan)
4. Sam Griffiths (Llangynnwr)
5. Tristan Warrender (Plascrug)
Team Win: More success went to Ysgol Y Dderwen (78pts) in race six of eight the year 5 boys winning by 7 points from runners up Ysgol Iau Llangennech (85pts). Ysgol Griffith Jones were again amongst the medals this time securing bronze with 89 points.
Year 6 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 6
1. Mared Jones (Y Dderwen)
2. Anna Joyce (Penllwyn)
3. Ellie-May John (Gwenllian)
4. Phyllis Davies (Tavernspite)
5. Carys Kenniford (Lamphey)
Team Win: The overall winning shield was confirmed for Ysgol Y Dderwen in their fifth win of the afternoon with Jones backed up by Marged Jones in eighth (27pts). Narberth school scored 55 points for second in their first award followed by Gymraeg Aberaeron on 62pts.
Year 6 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 6
1. Macsen Toogood (Teilo Sant)
2. William Harries (Hook)
3. Alex Coles (Llangadog)
4. Daniel Warrender (Plascrug)
5. Aron Hedd Jones (Y Dderwen)
Team Win: The fourth and final school to be announced as a winning team was Prendergast school (45pts) in the concluding race. The duo of Josh Barrett and Daniel Isaacs in 10th and 11th respectively contributed towards this. Hendy School and Ysgol Griffith Jones picked up the last few awards at the end scoring 90 and 93.
Number of Finishers / Nifer oedd wedi gorffen: BY SCHOOL YEAR
Year 3 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 3: 189
Year 3 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 3: 203
Year 4 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 4: 173
Year 4 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 4: 197
Year 5 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 5: 144
Year 5 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 5: 139
Year 6 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 6: 103
Year 6 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 6: 107
Awards / Gwobrau: Individual & Team Medals & County Prizes up for grabs
As in previous years, there were team awards up for grabs with three to score from each school. In the team competition, there were four different school winners:
Ysgol Y Dderwen; Ysgol Caer Elen; Ysgol Llangynnwr and Prendergast School
Pupils from Ysgol Y Dderwen were again on top form in the cross country and dominated team categories, winning five out of the eight available. As a result, the Carmarthen school were announced as the overall school shield winners, defending their title won 12 months ago in 2018. The shield was presented to the youngsters by Cllr Mansel Charles and Bethan Charles-Davies. Congratulations / Llongyfarchiadau!
PDF Results File: Top 15 Individuals, Top 10 Schools & Winning County
With such big numbers in all of the races again this year, the top 15 individuals were recorded at the finish line as well as the top 10 school teams. All children were given their finishing ticket on the line and can compare them to the number of finishers listed above. View the first 15 results on the PDF link below:
Missed any of this year's event? Pick up your local newspaper or visit our social media pages!
The Harriers Social Media Officer Nathan Jones was out and about on the course providing updates for those following online at the venue and back home in picture, text and video. Please visit our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages for more coverage from this year's Dyfed primary schools' championships. Ewch draw i dudalennau Facebook, Trydar, Instagram a YouTube y clwb am mwy o luniau a newyddion o bencampwriaeth traws gwlad y flwyddyn hon.
Press reports will be provided in all local newspapers across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion over the 10 to 14 days, keep an eye out in your local newspaper! Where you are likely to find a write up on the cross country in due course:
Carmarthen Journal, Llanelli Star, Carmarthenshire Herald, Llanelli Herald, Pembrokeshire Herald, Ceredigion Herald, South Wales Guardian, Western Telegraph, Cambrian News, Tenby Observer, 7 Day Sport & Llanelli Online Website.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed and ensured that the championships were a successful one in front of and behind the scenes including all the following: United Counties Showground, Hedydd & Eiddwen Davies, Andrew Jenkins West Wales Network Officer, Ysgol Nantgaredig, Ysgol Griffith Jones and Ysgol Y Dderwen staff on administration duties, St John Ambulance, Tywi Rotary Club & Friends for marshalling the car park, Cegin Fach Y Wlad for providing refreshments, Andrew Bufton Public Address and Carmarthen/Pembrokeshire/Llanelli marshals Edward Morgan, Kathryn Jones, Carol Jones, Phil Mackie, Richard Jones, Wayne Griffiths, Peter Freeman, Dorrian Griffiths, Rob Campion, Jake Morgan and Steven Ouseley.
We hope that you all enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing you all back in a future competition! In the meantime, we are next building up to the Dyfed Primary Schools Athletics Championships which will be back next month at the athletics track in Johnstown (Leisure Centre).
First Details will appear on this website in due course.