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Cross Country November

Monday 12 November 2018

The second Gwent League was held in Pembrey Park last Saturday. After the awful weather there last month with Welsh RR's, it was better, allthough we experienced very heavy rain showers driven by a srong wind until 1pm. The course surface was firm underfoot, with sand on course, flattened by the heavy rain showers, making it easier to run over for the runners.

In the senior men's race, 410 starters, 405 finished. Cardiff's Ciaran Lewis was a clear winner winning by 17secs, at finish, Ciaran said, that was tough, course was testing with a series of hills around the 5km large lap. As other Cardiff runners finished, they made same comment. Besides the hills it was the strong wind that all experience around the course and into the finishing straight. Stephen Morris 7th with Jake Smith 9th. Our final 2 runners making a team score James Chambers 130th and Paul Edwards 349th. After 2 meetings our senior men's team is overall in 12th place.

In the senior women's race Rebecca Evans was 23rd with Hannah Pretty 82nd. Cardiff senior women's team are overall in 25th place. These are currently the only results available on the Gwent League web site. In the senior women's race, 294 runners, they did a small lap first, that led to a hill with a narrow path to get to top of an embankment. This resulted in tail back with runners standing still at bottom of hill, before they could get onto hill. Something to learn from, with Welsh XCC at Pembrey Park next February.

Both senior races missed the heavy showers, younger age groups finishing were advised to return to club tent asap. With results not shown for other age groups. Only have, Larry Ryan 3rd in U20 Men's race, with Owain Edwards 21st, Keith Harold 60th, Matthew Verron 64th and Stephen Noyvirto 73rd. Laura Wright U20W was 9th, Annwen Gammon 22nd, Georgia Cole 25th and Molly Grimly 37th. Millie Gold 3rd in Novice Girls, (11yrs old today) and Elis Finlayson 3rd U13 Boys.

While our strength in depth is good in Junior age group especially U17 age groups, we are weak in senior age groups. Sometimes due to clashes with other events, or away in University, or etc. Bristol and Swansea remain the strong teams in Gwent League, but Endurance running clubs are well ahead of us, because in the main they are seniors only clubs. In short term we need to recruit new senior members, while in the long term it looks healthy. Elite runners will have a different race programme, so we (as other clubs) cannot rely on them to compete for club on a regular basis. There was only one runner Moli Lyons in Milton Keynes XChallenge meeting. Moli was 6th in U15 Girls race. 

Burgos SPAIN. Cross de Atapuerca

In the U20M race Cardiff's Jake Heyward 18.17 was 1st in U20M 6km, 8secs ahead of another UK U20. In the Senior women's race Cardiff's Charlotte Arter was an excellent 9th 26.47 over 8km course. Cardiff's Kiara Frizelle was 23rd in 3km U20W in 14.54. In the senior men's race Dewi Griffiths DNS. Thus Cardiff's Dan Nash was first Welsh team runner home in 9km SM race 27.57 in 51st place. James Hunt (Cardiff) 28.17 was 63rd.


Michael Ward was 23rd in Midwest Regional Champioships. His Bradley Uni team qualified for All Colleges Final XCC. Matthew Williams, Belmont Uni, was also 23rd, in South Regional Championships. Bethan Evans Alabama Uni was 129th in the same meeting.