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Caryl Jones - Carmarthen Harriers / Swansea Harriers

Article on Caryl Jones - Carmarthen Harriers/ TROTS/ Swansea Harriers - written by Dr Hedydd Davies (Carmarthen Harriers Club President)

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Best Performances 

400 63.67 (2010); 800 2.17.44 (2009); 1500 4.26.64 (2012); 3000  9.13.60 (2012); 5000 15.37.3 (2012); 10000 32.52.53 (2012); 1500 SCW 6.24.5 (2007); 2000 SCW 6.39.35 (2012); 3000 SCW 10.33.74 (2009)

10K 32.28 (2012); 10M 61.58 (2010); HM 71.18 (2012); Mar 2.34.12 (2017)

Coached by -2011 Delyth Brown (Carmarthen Harriers), George Edwards (Swansea Harriers) and Alan Storey

 

Competed for Great Britain in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championship in Kavama BUL in 2012

Competed for Great Britain in the Marathon in the European Championships in Berlin in 2018

Competed for Great Britain in the European Cross Country Championships in Budapest in 2012

Competed for Wales in the Commonwealth Games Marathon in 2018

UK 10000m champion in Birmingham in June 2012

13 times Welsh champion                 

Holder of two Welsh U23 records (3000m steeplechase and 10000m)

Caryl Jones now Caryl Edwards and a proud mother (August 2020) of four month old daughter Alis

She has had an eventful athletics career and has overcome many injuries to achieve considerable success at the highest level in cross country, road and athletics track competition

Lived on the family dairy farm in Tavernspite, Whitland, Carmarthenshire, fifteen miles from Carmarthen and the same distance from Haverfordwest

She went to the local Whitland primary school  and then on to Ysgol Bro Myrddin in Carmarthen and then on to UWIC Cardiff where she studied accountancy

Caryl has worked hard on the family farm as well having a responsible post with a firm of solicitors in Whitland

She was always keen on running and finished 5th in the Carmarthenshire primary schools Y6 cross country race in Carmarthen

Caryl continued her athletics with the help of the PE teachers at Ysgol Bro Myrddin and competed for the school in Brianne and Dyfed cross country and athletics competition

She joined Carmarthen and District Harriers Athletics Club and was a faithful club member for seven years. At the Club she was helped and coached by Delyth Brown who guided her to win several Welsh championships

Caryl has had very many injuries during her career, and it is a credit to her that she has persevered and by sheer hard work and effort succeeded to achieve great success in athletics

It is a great feat for an athlete from a rural West Wales area to go on to represent Great Britain in major championships in cross country, half marathon and the marathon

Many thanks to many people who have helped Caryl along the way

Hedydd Davies

 

Caryl Jones’s milestones ( main events)

2001 U15 Carmarthen Harriers/ Taf Running and Orienteering (TROTS) (1 recorded performance)

800         2.54.8                    3              Carmarthen        Dyfed Sec Schools Relay Competition      9 May 2001

 

2002 U17 Carmarthen Harriers/ TROTS (1 recorded performance)

3000       11.38.37               4              Newport              Welsh Championships                                   9 Jun 2002

 

2003 U17 Carmarthen Harriers/TROTS (1 recorded performance) 

3000       11.08.34               1              Cwmbran            Welsh Championships                                  22 Jun 2003

 

2004 U20 Carmarthen Harriers/TROTS (2 recorded performances)

3000       10.59.67               2              Colwyn Bay         Welsh Championships                                   20 Jun 2004

5K           19.21                     2              Carmarthen        Welsh Championship                                     12 Apr 2004

 

2005 U20 Carmarthen Harriers/ TROTS (4 recorded performances)

1500       5.05.0                    1              Neath                   West Wales Championships                        14 May 2005

3000       10.47.26               1              Cardiff                  Welsh U20 Championships                         18 Jun 2005

3000       10.56.56               1              Brecon                  Welsh Schools Championships                  2 Jul 2005

3000       11.21.10               1              Derby                    U23 Inter Territorial Cleveland Cup         14 Aug 2005

 

2006 U20 Carmarthen Harriers/TROTS (2 recorded performances)

3000       11.07.90i                              Cardiff                  Welsh Indoor Championships                     29 Jan 2006

3000       11.17.3                                  Brecon                                                                                                  3 Jun 2006

 

2007 U23 Carmarthen Harriers/ TROTS (1 recorded performance)

5KXC      27.07                     12           Cardiff  Welsh inter Regional Championships                       9 Dec 2007

 

2008 U23 Carmarthen Harriers/ TROTS (8 recorded performances)

HM         88.42                     13           Cardiff                  Cardiff Half Marathon                                    19 Oct 2008

ZXC        26.20                     3              Swansea              Cross Country International                         15 Nov 2008

ZXC        NT                          1              Wrexham            Welsh inter Regional Championship       13 Dec 2008

 

2009 U23 Carmarthen Harriers / TROTS (32 recorded performances) 

3000       9.56.09                  1              Swansea              Welsh Inter Regional Championship       30 Aug 2009

3000       10.06.25i              5              Cardiff                  Welsh Senior Open Championships          24 Jan 2009

10000    34.46.07               1              Neath                   Welsh Championships                                  5 Aug 2009

2000SCW 7.02.95             1              Cardiff                  Welsh Senior Championships                    13 Jun 2009

3000SCW 10.33.74           2              Bedford               England U23 Championships                      28 Jun 2009

3000SCW 10.41.62           8              Birmingham        Aviva British Championships                       12 Jul 2009

5K           17.36                     13           Prague CZE          Tesco Grand Prix 5K                                         12 Sep 2009

10K         36.23                     24           Manchester       Bupa Greater Manchester Run 10K           17 May 2009

HM        76.52                     2              Cardiff                  Cardiff Half Marathon                                    18 Oct 2009

HM         83.04                     1l             LLANELLI              Llanelli Waterside Half Marathon              8 Mar 2009

ZXC        24.17                     7              Bangor                  Home Countries International                    28 Mar 2009

ZXC        24.30                     2              Builth Wells        Welsh Championships                                   1 Feb 2009

ZXC        26.11                     1              Builth Wells       Welsh Inter Regional Championships     13 Dec 2009

 

2010 SEN Carmarthen Harriers/ TROTS/ Cardiff University

5000       17.01.55               14           Sportcity              BMC Nike Grand Prix                                      29 May 2010

10000    35.48.08               3              Bedford               BUCS Championships                                     2 May 2010

10000    36.31.64               1              Cardiff                  Welsh Senior Championships                    12 Jun 2010

10000    DNF                                       Birmingham        Aviva British Championships                       26 Jun 2010

3000SCW 11.00.86           4              Loughborough  Loughborough International                       23 May 2010

10K         35.42                     19           Manchester       Bupa Greater Manchester Run 10K           16 May 2010

10M       61.58                     1              Lampeter            Teifi 10M                                                             4 Apr 2010

 

2011 SEN Carmarthen Harriers/ TROTS (13 recorded performances)

3000       9.56.1                    1              Wrexham            Welsh Senior League Division 1                  21 May 2011

KXC        27.09                     8              Cardiff                  McCain UK Cross Challenge                         16 Jan 2011

KXC        27.21                     15           Antrim NI            Home Countries International                    26 Mar 2011

10K         34.56                     5              Cardiff                   Cardiff 10K                                                          11 Sep 2011

10K         36.35                     25           Manchester       Bupa Great Manchester Run 10K               15 May 2011

HM        76.44                     2              Barcelona ESP   Mitja Maralo de Barcelona                          30 Jan 2011

ZXC        25.19                     1              Builth Wells       Welsh Inter Regional Championship       10 Dec 2011

 

2012 SEN             Swansea Harriers TROTS (26 recorded performances)

5000      15.37.3                  1              Solihull                  BMC Grand Prix                                                21 Jul 2012

5000       15.44.54               1              Cardiff                  Welsh Senior Championships                    2 Jun 2012

10000    32.52.53               2              Birmingham       Aviva British Championships                      23 Jun 2012

5K           16.03                     2              Cardiff                  Welsh Championships (short)                     4 Mar 2012

KXC        28.29                     15           Budapest HUN  European Cross Country Championships 9 Dec 2012

10K         32.28                     1              Cardiff                  Cardiff 10K                                                          9 Sep 2012

10K         32.31                     1              Brighton               Brighton 10K                                                      18 Nov 2012

10K         33.08                     2              London                 Bupa London 10K                                             27 May 2012

HM         71.18                     8              New- South Sh  Bupa Great North Run                                    18 Sep 2012

HM        71.52                     10           Kavama BUL       IAAF World Half Marathon Championship 6 Oct 2012

HM         74.04                     2              Marrakech MAR HM International de Marrakech               14 Oct 2012

HM         76.45                     6              Cardiff                  Cardiff Half Marathon                                    14 Oct 2012

ZXC        24.35                     2              Cardiff                  McCain UK Cross Country Challenge        15 Jan 2012

ZXC        25.58                     1              Bristol                   McCain                 UK Cross Country Challenge        28 Oct 2012

ZXC        27.13                     1              St Fagans             Welsh Cross Country Championships     18 Feb 2012

ZXC        27.52                     6              Birmingham        UK Inter Counties Championship               10 Mar 2012

ZXC        28.15                     4              Liverpool             McCain UK Cross Challenge Series            24 Nov 2012

 

2013 SEN Swansea Harriers / TROTS (5 recorded performances)

10K         34.25                     8              London                 Bupa London 10K                                            27 May 2013

ZXC        18.00                     2              Pontypool           Gwent Cross Country League                      19 Oct 2013       

 

2014 SEN Swansea Harriers/TROTS (11 recorded performances)

ZXC        26.44                     6              Cardiff                  British Athletics Cross Challenge                19 Jan 2014

ZXC        28.37                     19           Liverpool             British Athletics Cross Challenge                29 Nov 2014

HM         82.37                     1              Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire Half Marathon                   28 Sept 2014     

 

2015 SEN Swansea Harriers/TROTS (5 recorded performances)

5M         27.50                     2              Alsager                 Brooks Alsager 5                                               1 Feb 2015

10K         37.11                     1              Merthyr Tydfil   Merthyr Tydfil 10K                                           9 Aug 2015

ZXC        25.30                     5              San Vitore ITA    Cinque Mulini                                                    15 Feb 2015

 

2016 SEN Swansea Harriers/ TROTS (8 recorded performances)

KXC        26.06                     1              Swansea              Welsh cross country championships       27 Feb 2016

KXC        26.52                     1              Cardiff                  British Athletics Cross Challenge              24 Jan 2016

HM         74.32                     1              Wokingham        Wokingham Half Marathon                         21 Feb 2016

 

2017 SEN Swansea Harriers/ TROTS (15 recorded performances)

5K          17.03                    1             Cardiff                  SSAFA 5K                                                            24 May 2017

KXC       29.11                    5             Middefart DEN Cross Nationale                                               11 Nov 2017

KXC       29.16                    22           Liverpool            British Athletics Cross Challenge             25 Nov 2017

10K        35.18                    6             Cardiff                  Cardiff 10K                                                        3 Sep 2017

10K        35.36                    2             Reading               Royal Berkshire 10                                        21 May 2017

HM         74.22                    9             Newcastle          Simplyheath Great North Run                   10 Sep 2017

HM         75.24                    6             Cardiff                  Cardiff Half Marathon                                   1 Oct  2017

HM         77.52                    3             Swansea              JCP Swansea Half Marathon                       25 Jun 2017

Mar        2.34.12                 11           Amsterdam NED TCS Amsterdam Marathon                     15 Oct 2017

 

2018 SEN Swansea Harriers/ TROTS (8 recorded performances)

10K        33.18                    1             Telford                Telford 10K                                                       7 Jan 2018

10K        35.58                    21           London                                Vitality London 10K                                      28 May 2018

HM         73.28                     5              Greenwich          The Big alf MarathonHalf Marathon                                   4 Mar 2018

HM         74.22                     1              Llanelli                  Llanelli Half Marathon                                   18 Feb 2018

Mar        2.40.41                  30           Berlin                    European Championships                            12 Aug 2018

Mar        2.43.58                  8              Gold Coast AUS Commonwealth Games                                15 Apr 2018

 

2019 SEN

Swansea Harriers/ TROTS 95 recorded performances)

5K          16.58                    8             Cardiff                  Cardiff Race for Victory 5K                         5 May 2019

10K        33.30                    1             Beachley             Speedway 10K                                                 20 Jan 2019

HM         77.05                    1             Llanelli                 Llanelli Half Marathon                                  10 Feb 2019