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Dewi Griffiths - Carmarthen Harriers/ Swansea University/Swansea Harriers

Article on Dewi Griffiths - Carmarthen Harriers/ Swansea University/Swansea Harriers - inspirational story on how to work hard and succeed - written by Dr Hedydd Davies (Carmarthen Harriers Club President)

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Dewi lives with his parents in the family hill farm in Llanfynydd fifteen miles north of Carmarthen the county town of Carmarthenshire.

The nearest athletics track is at Carmarthen.

He went to the local primary school in Llanfynydd and then on to Ysgol Tregib secondary school in Llandeilo.

He has always lived at home except when he studied for his B.Sc. mathematics degree at Swansea University.

Life can be hard at times on the farm particularly during lambing and sheep shearing time during the year.

Dewi has always had an interest in running from an early age and he would spend a lot of his time running in the fields on the farm.

Whilst at primary school he competed in the Carmarthenshire primary schools cross country championships and finished 17th in the Y6 race. His primary school Head teacher Geraint Davies said that he was not good enough to compete in the Dyfed primary schools cross country championships, but he did and finished 48th.

He then competed in local village sports and his interest in athletics grew and when he was 11 became a member of Carmarthen and District Harriers Athletics Club.

In his first year at Tregib secondary school he was often beaten by Lee Rees who went on to be an outstanding Welsh sevens rugby player.

Dewi was encouraged by his PE teacher Lawrence Senchal and for five years he was self coached but received considerable support from his club Carmarthen Harriers.

For the last 14 or so years he has been coached by Carmarthen Harriers coach Kevin Evans MBE who has helped and guided Dewi throughout many ups and downs (injuries and illness) to great achievements on the track, cross country, and road.

Dewi is a great club man as is seen by his many appearances for his first club Carmarthen and District Harriers Athletics Club and then with Swansea Harriers (325 recorded races). He competed regularly for the clubs in local league matches as well as the West Wales and Welsh championships.

The Friday evening after his great marathon performance in Frankfurt on 29 October 2017 (2.09.49) Dewi was the guest speaker at the 2017 annual Carmarthen Harriers Dinner.

A week later (11 November 2017) he received a rousing reception when he lined up at the start of the JH Collins Gwent Cross Country League match in Brecon. He won the race in 31.36 on a very muddy course, 1 minute 26 seconds ahead of a fellow Swansea Harrier.

His first major success was when he won the UK U15 inter county cross country championship in Nottingham in 2006. Ten years later in 2016 he won the senior UK inter county cross country championship in Birmingham.

He has received many well deserved awards. He has received awards from Ysgol Tregib, Swansea University, Carmarthen and District Harriers, Swansea Harriers, Carmarthen Town Council, Carmarthenshire County Council, Welsh Schools and Welsh Athletics.

Most of his training is on the roads in rural North Carmarthenshire and trains once a week at the Carmarthen Athletics Track where he is a real role model for the young Carmarthen Harriers members.

A great ambassador for the sport and an inspiration to us all.

It is credit to all concerned for supporting Dewi during his athletics career and he has so far justified the time, effort and dedication shown over a long period of time.

 

Twenty nine year old (born 8 August 1991) Dewi Griffiths has so far

- Competed for Great Britain on 18 occasions

- Competed for Wales or Welsh schools on 58 occasions

- Won 32 gold medals in Welsh championships

- Seven times winner of the Welsh senior cross country championship

- Five times winner of Welsh schools cross country championships

- Competed for GB as a junior in track, cross country, and mountain running and GB as a senior in track, cross country, and road

 

Personal bests so far

800 1.59.13 (2009); 1500 3.52.23 (2016); 3000 7.55.65 (2017); 5000 13.33.60 (2017); 10000 (28.16.07); 10 miles Road (47.20); Half Marathon (62.55); Marathon (2.09.49)

 

Competing for Great Britain (major events)

Date

Event

Age Group

Venue

Performance

14/09/2008

World MR

U20

Crans Montana

43.07.4 (7)

23/07/2009

European Juniors 10000m

U20

Nov Sad SRB

31.14.54 (4)

05/09/2010

World MR

U20

Karnik SVK

47.36 (6)

07/06/2014

European Cup 10000

Sen

Skopje MKD

29.36.63 (13(

08/07/2016

European 10000

Sen

Amsterdam NED

28.28.55

28/03/2015

World Cross country

Sen

Guiyang China

70 (39.02)

30/03/2008

World Cross country

Jun

Edinburgh SCO

67 (25.29)

09/12/2012

European CC

U23

Budapest Hun

25.38 (38)

08/12/2013

European CC

U23

Belgrade SRB

24.29 (16)

13/12/2015

European CC

Sen

Toulon – Hyeres FRAyeres 

30.39 (20)

11/12/2016

European CC

Sen

Chia ITA

29.00 (18)

10/12/2017

European CC

Sen

Samorin SVK

DNF

09/12/2018

European CC

Sen

Tilburg NED

29.31 (13)

25/03/2016

World HM

Sen

Cardiff

64.10 (27)

 

Welsh Track Championships

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

29/08/2005

1500m

Under 15

Gold

Cardiff

4.17.80

09/07/2006

3000m

Under 17

Gold

Cardiff

9.01.68

12/07/2008

1500m

Under 20

Bronze

Connahs Quay

4.03.35

10/07/2010

1500m

Under 20

Silver

Carmarthen

4.06.35

28/06/2015

5000m

Senior

Gold

Cardiff

14.30.27

10/06/2017

5000m

Senior

Gold

Cardiff

13.50.35

 

Welsh Indoor Championships

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

09/01/2005

1500m

Under15

Gold

NIAC Cardiff

4.30.39

03/02/2007

1500m

Under 17

Silver

NIAC Cardiff

4.06.37

24/01/2009

3000m

Senior

Bronze

NIAC Cardiff

8.39.91

29/01/2011

3000m

Senior

Gold

NIAC Cardiff

8.24.12

 

Welsh Road Race Championships

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

17/04/2006

5000m

Under 17

Gold

Carmarthen

15.47

23/09/2007

5000m

Under 17

Gold

Swansea

15.26

07/05/2011

5000m

Under 20

Bronze

Bridgend

15.03

11/08/2013

5000m

Senior

Bronze

Llanelli

15.23

25/09/2011

10000m

Senior

Gold

Swansea

30.21

22/09/2013

10000m

Senior

Gold

Swansea

30.36

20/09/2015

10000m

Senior

Gold

Swansea

29.20

14/10/2012

Half Marathon

Senior

Gold

Cardiff

65.47

06/10/2013

Half Marathon

Senior

Gold

Cardiff

65.01

04/102015

Half Marathon

Senior

Gold

Cardiff

64.28

02/10/2016

Half Marathon

Senior

Gold

Cardiff

63.27

01/10/2017

Half marathon

Senior

Gold

Cardiff

61.33

07/10/2018

Half Marathon

Senior

Gold

Cardiff

62.55

28/04/2019

Marathon

Senior

Gold

London

2.11.49

 

Welsh Cross Country Championships

Date

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

21/02/2004

Under 13

Bronze

Swansea

 

20/02/2005

Under 15

Bronze

Leckwith Cardiff

 

23/02/2006

Under 15

Gold

Pembrey

13.24

17/02/2007

Under 17

Gold

Ruthin

 

24/02/2008

Under 17

Gold

Swansea

20.23

01/02/2009

Under 20

Silver

Builth Wells

24.45

20/02/2010

Under 20

Gold

Swansea

24.03

18/02/2012

Under 23/Sen

Gold

St Fagans

35.38

16/02/2013

Under 23/Sen

Gold

Crickhowell

33.06

15/02/2014

Under 23/Sen

Gold

Llandeilo

33.22

21/02/2015

Senior

Gold

Corwen

34.16

27/02/2016

Senior

Gold

Swansea

35.34

25/02/2017

Senior

Gold

Swansea

33.40

23/02/2019

Senior

Gold

Pembrey

31.50

 

UK Road Race Championships

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

06/10/2013

Half Marathon

Senior

Bronze

Cardiff

65.01

10/03/2019

Half Marathon

Senior

Bronze

Greenwich

63.17

28/04/2019

Marathon

Senior

Bronze

London

2.11.46

 

UK Athletics Championships

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

14/08/2005

Under 15

1500m

Bronze

Birmingham

4.14.72

21/06/2008

Under 20

5000m

Silver

Bedford

14.48.03

28/06/2009

Under 20

5000m

Bronze

Bedford

14.46.12

16/05/2015

Senior

10000m

Silver

Parliament Hill

28.55.24

21/05/2016

Senior

10000m

Silver

Parliament Hill

28.28.55

20/05/2017

Senior

10000m

Silver

Parliament Hill

28.31.88

 

UK inter counties cross country championships

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

06/03/2006

Under 15

Under 15

Gold

Nottingham

15.02

15/03/2008

Under 20

Under 20

4

Nottingham

25.51

08/03/2014

Senior

Senior

Bronze

Birmingham

34.11

07/03/2015

Senior

Senior

Silver

Birmingham

34.33

12/03/2016

Senior

Senior

Gold

Birmingham

37.13

 

UK Mountain Running championships

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

08/08/2010

Under 20

Under 20

Gold

Llanberis

41.22

08/08/2010

Under 23

Under 23

Silver

Llanberis

41.22

 

Welsh Schools Athletics Championships

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

02/07/2005

1500

Under 15

Gold

Brecon

4.14.72

01/07/2006

3000

Under 17

Gold

Brecon

8.55.05

05/07/2008

3000

Under 20

Gold

Brecon

8.48.70

04/07/2009

1500

Under 20

Silver

Cardiff

4.02.27

04/07/2009

3000

Under 20

Gold

Cardiff

8.52.36

 

Welsh Schools Cross Country Championships

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

13 03/2004

JB

Under 15

15

Brecon

 

19/03/2005

JB

Under 15

Gold

Brecon

13.44

25/03/2006

MB

Under 17

Gold

Brecon

18.10

18/03/2007

MB

Under 17

Gold

Brecon

 

08/03/2008

SB

Under 20

Gold

Brecon

19.42

28/02/2009

SB

Under 20

Gold

Brecon

19.04

 

Competing for Welsh Schools in the London mini marathon (3 miles)

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

18/04/2004

2.65 miles

U13

Bronze

London

 

17/04/2005

2.65 miles

U15

6

London

13.45

23/04/2006

2.65 miles

U15

Gold

London

13.22

13/04/2008

3 miles

U17

7

London

14.29

 

Competing for Welsh schools in the SIAB Cross Country International

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

02/042005

SIAB Cross Country

JB

Bronze

Northop WAL

 

8/04/2006

SIAB Cross country

MB

Silver

Stowe School

 

31/03/2007

SIAB Cross country

MB

4

Dublin

21.04

 

Competing for Welsh schools in the SIAB Athletics International

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

15/07/2006

3000

Under 17

4th

Grangemouth

8.47.89

 

Competing for Wales in the Celtic Games athletics International

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

12/08/2006

1500m

Under 16

Gold

Waterford IRE

4.15.94

02/08/2008

3000m

Under 18

Gold

Grangemouth

8.42.19

 

Competing for Wales in the Celtic cross country international

Date

Event

Age Group

Medal

Venue

Performance

29/01/2006

Under 17

Under 17

Bronze

Dublin

 

6/01/2007

Under 17

Under 17

Gold

Belfast

 

12/01/2008

Under 20

Under 20

6

Edinburgh SCO

 

23/01/2010

Under 20

Under 20

Silver

Antrim NI

17.46

18/03/2012

Under 23

Under 23

Gold

Rouken Glen

27.55

05/02/2013

Under 23

Under 23

Gold

Edinburgh

 

 

Milestones in Dewi Griffiths career to date (a total of 325 races by August 2020)

 

2003 U13 Carmarthen Harriers (2 recorded races)

800         2.41.5 (1)             Louise Arthur League at Carmarthen                       8 April 2003

1500       5.09.3 (1)             Dyfed schools champs(Y7) at Carmarthen              7 June 2003

 

2004 U13 Carmarthen Harriers

No recorded races

 

2005 U15 Carmarthen Harriers 15 recorded races

1500       4.14.09(3)            AAA U15 champs              Birmingham        14 August 2005

1500       4.14.72(1)            Welsh Schools champs   Brecon                  2 July 2005         

1500       4.30.39(1i)           Welsh ind Champs      Cardiff               9 January 2005

 

2006 U15 Carmarthen Harriers 15 recorded races)

ZXC        1 (U15)                 UK inter county XC          Nottingham        06 March 2006

1500       4.15.94(1)            Celtic Games                      Waterford IRL    12 August 2006

3000       8.47.89 (4)          Schools Int                          Grangemouth`  15 July 2006

3000       8.55.05 (1)          Welsh Schools champs   Brecon                  1 July 2006

3000       9.01.88(1)            Welsh U17 champs          Cardiff                  9 July 2006                                         

5K           15.47(1)                Welsh U17 5K Ch (road) Carmarthen        17 April 2006

 

2007 U17 Carmarthen Harriers 11 recorded races

1500       4.06.7(2)              Celtic Indoor Cup              Cardiff                  3 February 2007

ZXC        17.35(3)                UK U17 Challenge            Liverpool             24 November 2007

 

2008 U20 Carmarthen Harriers 26 recorded races

3000       8.48.7(1)              Welsh schools champs   Brecon                  5 July 2008

5000       14.48.03(2)          AAA U20 champs              Bedford               21 June 2008                     

8KXC      25.29(67)             World U20 XC champs   Edinburgh           30 March 2008

ZMT       43.07.4                  World Mount Trophy      Crans Montana 14 September 2008

ZMC       19.42(1)                Welsh schools champs   Brecon                  8 March 2008

ZMC       20.23(1)                Welsh CC Champs            Swansea              24 February 2008             

 

2009 U20 Carmarthen Harriers 32 recorded races

1500       4.02.27(2)            Welsh Schools champs   Cardiff                  4 July 2009

3000       8.32.36(1)            Welsh Schools champs   Cardiff                  4 July 2009

5000       14.46.12(3)          England U20 Champs     Bedford               28 June 2009

10000    31.14.54(4)          European Jun Champs    Nov Sad SRB       23 July 2009

ZSC         19.04(1)                Welsh Schools Champs  Brecon                  28 February 2009

ZFL         57.48 (24)            Commonwealth Mt Up-hill Keswick          18 September 2009        

 

2010 U20 Carmarthen Harriers 18 recorded races

1500       3.56.31(3i)           Celtic international          NIAC Cardiff       21 February 2010

1500       4.06.35 (2)          Welsh U20 champs          Carmarthen        10 July 2010

ZXC        24.03 (1)              Welsh champs                   Swansea              20 February 2010

ZFL         41.22 (1)              GB MR Trials                       Llanberis              8 August 2010

ZMR       47.36 (6)              World MR champs           Karnik SVK          5 September 2010

 

2011 U23 Swansea H/Swansea University 26 recorded races

10000    30.42.04(2)          BUCS championships      Bedford               1 May 2011

 

2012 U23 Swansea H/Swansea University 41 recorded races

10000    30.21.10(2)          BUCS championships      Olympic Park      6 May 2012

ZXC        25.38 (38)            European U23 CC             Budapest HUN  9 December 2012

ZXC        20.34 (3)              Edinburgh CC                     Edinburgh           7 January 2012

ZXC        30.58(46)             World University Ch        Lodz POL              14 April 2012

ZXC        35.38 (1)              Welsh Sen CC                     St Fagans             18 February 2012

 

2013 U23 Swansea H/ Swansea University 23 recorded races

ZXC        24.29(16)             European U23 CC             Belgrade SRB      8 December 2013

ZXC        33.06(1)                Welsh SEN CC champs    Crickhowell         16 February 2013

 

2014 SEN Swansea H 18 recorded races

10000    29.36.63(13)       European Cup 10K            Skopje MKD       7 June 2014

10000    31.28.81 (25)     Commonwealth Games Hampden Park  1 August 2014

ZXC        33.22 (1)              Welsh CC champs            Llandeilo              15 February 2014

ZXC        34.11 (3)              Uk int County champs    Birmingham        8 March 2014    

 

2015 SEN Swansea H 27 recorded races

5000       14.30.27 (1)        Welsh Senior champ       Cardiff                  28 June 2015

10000    28.55.24(2)          England Champs               Parliament Hill   16 May 2015

10000    29.13.51(9)          European Cup 10000       Chia ITA                6 June 2015

ZXC        30.39 (20)            European CC champs      Toulon FRA         13 December 2015

ZXC        34.16(1)                Welsh CC champs            Corwen                 21 February 2015

ZXC        34.33 (2)              UK inter county champs Birmingham        7 March 2015

ZXC        39.02 (70)            IAAF World CC champs  Guiyang CHN      28 March 2015  

 

2016 SEN Swansea H 27 recorded races

10000    28.28.55(5)          European Champs           Amsterdam        8 July 2016

ZXC        29.00 (18)            European CC champs      Chia ITA                11 December 2016          

ZXC        35.34 (1)              Welsh CC champs            Swansea              27 February 2016

ZXC        37.13(1)                UK int county Champs    Birmingham        12 March 2016

HM         64.10 (27)            IAAF HM champs              Cardiff                  26 March 2016

HM         63.27 (8)              Cardiff HM                          Cardiff                  2 October 2016   

2017 SEN Swansea H 28 recorded races

3000       7.55.65 (7)          Cork City Sports                 Cork IRL                18 July 2017

5000       13.33.60 (5)        Morton Games                 Dublin (S) IRL      12 July 2017

5000       13.50.35 (1)        Welsh championships    Cardiff                  10 June 2017

10000    28.16.07(14)       Payton Jordan Int             Palo Alto Cal USA 5 May 2017

10000    28.31.88 (2)        UK champs                          Parliament Hill   20 May 2017

ZXC        33.40 (1)              Welsh CC champs            Swansea              25 February 2017

HM         61.33 (4)              Cardiff HM                          Cardiff                  1 October 2017

Mar        2.09.49 (5)          Frankfurt Mar                    Frankfurt GER    29 October 2017

                                               

2018 SEN Swansea H 12 recorded races

ZXC        29.31(13)             European CC champs      Tilburg NED        9 December 2018

10M       47.10 (11)            Dam 10M                             Amsterdam        23 September 2018

HM         62.55 (9)              Cardiff HM                          Cardiff                  7 October 2018 

 

2019 SEN Swansea H 10 recorded races

5.38ML 25.06 (1)              ERRA 12 stage                   Sutton Coldfield                6 April 2019

ZXC        31.50 (1)              Welsh CC champs            Pembrey             23 February 2019

10K         30.12 (3)              ASICS London                    London                 21 July 2019

HM         61.44 (8)              Houston                               Houston USA     20 January 2019

HM         63.17 (4)              Vitality HM                          London                 10 March 2019

Mar        2.11.46 (16)        London Marathon            London                 28 April 2019

 

2020 SEN Swansea H 6 recorded races

5K           13.43 (6)              Podium 5K                           Barrowford         8 August 2020

HM         65.53 (17)            Vitality HM                          Greenwich          1 March 2020    

 

Thanks to Dr Hedydd Davies (Carmarthen Harriers Club President) for putting together this article.