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Inter-Counties cross country

Sunday 9 March 2014

A good number of Cardiff athletes travelled to Birmingham yesterday, 8th March, to test themselves against the best of Britain in the national inter-counties cross country championships.

Although the ground conditions were muddy and heavy going, the weather was dry but chilly.

The best performance of the day by a Cardiff athlete was Jake Heyward's excellent 10th place (out of 280 finishers) in the under 15 boys' race.

Elsewhere, Rebecca Evans was 27th in the under 20 women's race, Gwynnant Jones 68th in the under 20 men's, Kiara Frizelle 69th in the under 13 girls' and Naomi Reid 78th in the under 15 girls'.

This event was also the culmination of the British Cross Challenge series and Gwynnant Jones was placed second overall in the under 20 men's age group and Annwen Gammon was fourth of the under 13 girls.

Cardiff results from yesterday were:

Senior men: Jonathan Hopkins (52); Elliot Slade (227); Brian Dias (275).

Under 20 men: Gwynnant Jones (68); Elliot Richards (165).

Under 20 women: Rebecca Evans (27); Anna Morris (46).

Under 17 men: Ciaran Lewis (83); Nicholas Jones (93); Ieuan Handley (188); Lewis Brunt (207).

Under 17 women: Erin Hayes (132); Rosa Yates (160); ); Rosie-May Thompson (171); Anna Lawson (217); Nadine James (236).

Under 15 boys: Jake Heyward (10); Rhys Jones (47); (James Vincent (211); Jac Smith (247); Aeron Evans (252); Ieuan Jones (269).

Under 15 girls: Naomi Reid (78); Bethan Evans (121); Gwenno Waddington (174); Emma Ligthart (234); Megan Bowen (243).

Under 13 boys: Alfie Davies (143); Seth Kelly (190); Daniel John (194); Morgan James (248).

Under 13 girls: Kiara Frizelle (69); Annwen Gammon (86); Alisha Hayes (154); Jessica Wadey (158); Zoe Hamm (281).

Some of these athletes will have been experiencing such a big competition for the first time and may have found it daunting, with around 300 runners in most races. Nevertheless, the experience is important and just to have taken part is most valuable.