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Start of the New Secondary Schools' 2019/2020 Cross Country Season at West Wales' Two Districts

The 2019/2020 Brianne Secondary Schools Cross Country League, Pembrokeshire Secondary Schools Cross Country Fixture and the Afan Nedd Tawe Secondary Schools & Colleges Cross Country Development Races & Relays have been the first set of secondary schools events to take centre stage at the start of the brand new 2019/20 winter campaign as far as the schools are concerned.

 

BRIANNE & PEMBROKESHIRE SECONDARY SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE - CYNGHRAIR TRAWSGWLAD YSGOLION UWCHRADD BRIANNE A PHENFRO

The opening two of four fixtures in this Brianne Secondary Schools Cross Country League headed down the A40 to Ysgol Dyffryn Taf in Whitland (Tuesday 24th September) and arrived at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin in Carmarthen this week (Tuesday 22nd October). It's become a popular grassroots event for secondary schools in the Carmarthenshire area having been organised for several years. The league races are open to those in years 7, 8, 9 and 10. 

These were the first opportunity for those stepping up to secondary level in year 7 to take part in the league and compete with and against their friends from the various schools.

Pembrokeshire is the other county in Dyfed to put on these league races at this time of year. After a wet start to the month of October resulting in the cancellation of the event at Haverfordwest Racecourse, there was some better news a fortnight later on Tuesday 15th October as pupils and teachers made their way to the Milford Haven School to take part. Results are not available at the time of writing. Llanelli and Ceredigion schools host their championships in January along with Brianne and Pembrokeshire, before all four join up at the Dyfed championships at Oakwood at the end of Janauary (TBC).

The seven schools in the Brianne area are Ysgol Dyffryn Aman - Ammanford; Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth - Cefneithin; Ysgol Bro Dinefwr - Llandeilo; Ysgol Bro Myrddin - Carmarthen; Queen Elizabeth School - Carmarthen; Ysgol Dyffryn Taf - Whitland and Llandovery College - Llandovery.

The normal course maps applied to those taking part as in previous years at both schools. The Year 7 Girls were the first to set off doing either a lap or 1.5 laps and this was followed by the Year 7 Boys; Year 8 Girls; Year 8 Boys; combined Year 9 & 10 Girls and the combined Year 9 & 10 Boys to finish. Both races took place around the perimeter of the schools' sports field, with Bro Myrddin adding an extra loop to the top field of the venue.

More than 250 pupils attended the 2019/20 series opener in Dyffryn Taf and this was followed by a total of 223 finishers at Carmarthen on Tuesday lunchtime.

 

Here's the top five finishers by Age Groups from Dyffryn Taf (Round 1):

Year 7 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 7 - 1 Mared Jones (Bro Myrddin); 2 Nieve Taylor (Dyffryn Taf); 3 Daisy Webb-Asher (Bro Dinefwr); 4 Melody Devereaux (Dyffryn Aman); 5 Leah Jones (Dyffryn Aman)

Year 7 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 7 - 1 Macsen Toogood (Bro Dinefwr); 2 Alex Coles (Bro Dinefwr); 3 Ellis Burrows (Bro Dinefwr); 4 James Sloyan (QE High); 5 Liam Upton-Boorman (QE High)

Year 8 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 8 - 1 Erin Fflur Morgan (Bro Myrddin); 2 Ellie Fuller (Dyffryn Taf); 3 Nel Davies (Maes Y Gwendraeth); 4 Mali Garland (Maes Y Gwendraeth); 5 Mari Collier (Maes Y Gwendraeth)

Year 8 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 8 - 1 Ifan Bowen (Bro Myrddin); 2 Harry Billingham (Dyffryn Taf); 3 Jake Lynock (Bro Dinefwr); 4 Rory Gravelle (QE High); 5 Jac Jones (Maes Y Gwendraeth)

Year 9 & 10 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 9 a 10 - 1 Amy Greatrick (QE High); 2 Jasmine Jones (Llandovery College); 3 Awen Roberts (Maes Y Gwendraeth); 4 Emma Ferns (Dyffryn Aman); 5 Millie Patterson (Bro Myrddin)

Year 9 & 10 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 9 a 10 - 1 Frank Morgan (Bro Myrddin); 2 Morgan Lloyd (Bro Myrddin); 3 Ioan Cressey-Rodgers (Bro Myrddin); 4 Zach Elvy (Bro Myrddin); 5 Scott Price (Maes Y Gwendraeth)

 

Here's the top five finishers by Age Groups from Bro Myrddin (Round 2):

Year 7 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 7 - 1 Mared Jones (Bro Myrddin); 2 Marged Jones (Bro Myrddin); 3 Daisy Webb-Asher (Bro Dinefwr); 4 Luned Dafis (Bro Myrddin); 5 Melody Devereaux (Dyffryn Aman)

Year 7 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 7 - 1 Macsen Toogood (Bro Dinefwr); 2 Aron Hedd Jones (Bro Myrddin); 3 Alex Coles (Bro Dinefwr); 4 James Sloyan (QE High); 5 George Thomas (Dyffryn Taf) 

Year 8 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 8 - 1 Erin Morgan (Bro Myrddin); 2 Ellie Fuller (Dyffryn Taf); 3 Nel Davies (Maes Y Gwendraeth); 4 Mali Garland (Maes Y Gwendraeth); 5 Mari Collier (Maes Y Gwendraeth)

Year 8 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 8 - 1 Ifan Bowen (Bro Myrddin); 2 Harry Billingham (Dyffryn Taf); 3 Jake Lynock (Bro Dinefwr); 4 Rory Gravelle (QE High); 5 Jac Jones (Maes Y Gwendraeth) 

Year 9 & 10 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 9 a 10 - 1 Amy Greatrick (QE High); 2 Jasmine Jones (Llandovery College); 3 Awen Roberts (Maes Y Gwendraeth); 4 Millie Patterson (Bro Myrddin); 5 Emma Ferns (Dyffryn Aman)

Year 9 & 10 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 9 a 10 - 1 Frank Morgan (Bro Myrddin); 2 Lewys Jones (Maes Y Gwendraeth); 3 Morgan Lloyd (Bro Myrddin); 4 Scott Price (Bro Dinefwr); 5 Ioan Cressey-Rodgers (Bro Myrddin) 

 

Once again this year, All the Brianne Schools Cross Country matches will covered here on www.carmarthenharriers.co.uk, plus reports and results will also be found in the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star newspapers and on the Carmarthenshire Herald, Llanelli Herald, West Wales Chronicle and Wales News Online websites in due course.

Looking ahead to the third fixture, that will be held at the new Ysgol Bro Dinefwr school sports facility in Llandeilo on Tuesday 19th November, starting at 1:00pm.

The start of the New Year will see a busy schedule with the Area Cross Country Championships to come following on to the Dyfed Schools Cross Country Championships at Oakwood Theme Park as well as Indoor Sportshall and the grand finale to the season's Brianne Schools League.

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AFAN NEDD TAWE SECONDARY SCHOOLS & COLLEGES CROSS COUNTRY EVENTS - DIGWYDDIADAU TRAWSGWLAD YSGOLION A CHOLEGAU UWCHRADD AFAN NEDD TAWE

Meanwhile, the winter season for pupils in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot area has also got underway in October with the District thankful to sponsors Apollo Teaching Services for their continued support.

Having been called off three times due to the poor weather at the end of September, the Apollo Teaching Services Afan Nedd Tawe Secondary Schools & Colleges Cross Country Development Races finally got the go ahead at the fourth time of asking.

Due to be held at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School, the third instalment of the event moved venue and headed to the Elba Sports Complex in Gowerton, Swansea on Monday 14th October and used the large sporting field at the venue next to the primary school.

With around a dozen school present, the fixture was all about giving pupils the opportunity to take part and try cross country at the start of the season, in particular for those not involved in a club. Athletes ran around the perimeter of the field with a small lap added for the year 8 and 9 down the middle. Age Groups went from Year 7 right up to the sixth form students and distances varying from 2 to 3 big laps.

Seven days later on Monday 21st October, a bigger turnout was had as schools and runners descended on the Cwrt Herbert Spors Centre field in Neath for the popular Apollo Teaching Services Afan Nedd Tawe Secondary Schools & Colleges 3 x 1000m Cross Country Relays.

The cross country relays which has gone from strength to strength returned to the facility next to the home of Neath Harriers after very successful fixtures in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The sunny conditions and a bright afternoon helped attract approximately 65 teams between all the schools to this annual event. It saw pupils in year 7, years 8 & 9 and years 10-14 run as a trio in a team over a route of 1000m around the perimeter of the field before making their way down a small lop in the middle before handing over to their teammate who were waiting for them at the changeover box.

Indeed, it was a different challenge as this was more of a team event rather than an individual one. Complete teams throughout all three races got their own team total time.

Schools in attendance and represented at the two fixtures within a week included Morriston, Gwyr, Bro Dur, Bishopston, Bishop Gore, Bishop Vaughan, Olchfa, Cwm Brombil, Bryntawe, Ystalyfera, Cefn Saeson, Penyrheol, Neath Port Talbot College, Bae Baglan, Llangatwg.

Next stop for the Afan Nedd Tawe District is the Indoor Sportshall championships which takes place at Swansea University Indoor Athletics Track, Sketty Lane on Wednesday 18th December 2019. Entries will soon open for the final meeting of the year for years 7, 8, 9 and 10 which acts as under 13 and under 15 in age groups.

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APOLLO TEACHING SERVICES AFAN NEDD TAWE SECONDARY SCHOOLS & COLLEGES CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS 21/10/19 FULL RESULTS FILE / CANLYNIADAU LLAWN O DDIGWYDDIAD RASYS CEFNEWID TRAWSGWLAD YSGOLION A CHOLEGAU AFAN NEDD TAWE 21/10/19