The 2019/2020 Brianne Schools Cross Country League in Whitland was the first 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 SECONDARY SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE / CYNGHRAIR TRAWSGWLAD YSGOLION UWCHRADD BRIANNE
The first of four fixtures in this Brianne Secondary Schools Cross Country League headed down the A40 to Ysgol Dyffryn Taf in Whitland. It's become a popular grassroots event for seconday 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.
This was 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. There was plenty of talent out within this category and we hope you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to the upcoming cross country months.
Pembrokeshire is the other county in Dyfed to put on these league races at this time of year and matches will be in Haverfordwest and Milford Haven in the coming weeks. Llanelli and Ceredigion schools host their championships in January along with Brianne and Pembrokeshire, before all four join up at the Dyfed championships (TBC).
The seven schools in the Brianne area 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 were the schools down in Whitland on Tuesday afternoon 24th September with the hosts winning the match by 4 points. There was also a close battle between third, fourth and fifth too with only four points separating the three.
The normal course map applied to those taking part as in previous years. The Year 7 Girls were the first to set off doing 1 and a half laps and this was followed by the Year 7 Boys (2 laps); Year 8 Girls (2 laps); Year 8 Boys (2.5 laps); Year 9 & 10 Girls (2.5 laps) and Year 9 & 10 Boys (3 laps). The races took place around the perimeter of the schools' sports field.
More than 250 pupils attended the 2019/20 series opener in Dyffryn Taf. Coming as no surprise, the biggest number of finishers came from the younger age groups.
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 (Dyffryn Aman); 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)
Once again this year, All the Brianne Schools Cross Country matches will covered here at www.carmarthenharriers.co.uk, plus reports will also be found in the Carmarthen Journal / Llanelli Star & Carmarthenshire / Llanelli Herald Newspapers.
Looking ahead to the second fixture, that will be held at Ysgol Bro Myrddin in Carmarthen on Tuesday 22nd October starting at 1pm.