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Monday 24 October 2016

A week after the first round of the Gwent League, Cardiff's cross country runners travelled to Monmouth for the second edition of the Welsh Cross Country relay championships.

Despite late withdrawals from the junior teams, Cardiff had a successful day, returning with three championship titles (under 17 men and women and senior women), two runner up places and one third place.

The day started with the primary school straight races for under 11 boys and girls. In the boys' race, Elis Finlayson finished in second place and led the Cardiff team to the silver medal. Millie Gold was the highest placed in the girls' race, in 25th position.

The under 17 men's and women's relays saw Cardiff's crack squads take both titles as well as the fastest individual legs. Kiara Frizelle got the women off to a good start, handing over to Carys Bill a lead that was never challenged and it was left to Naomi Reid to clock the fastest leg and bring the team home to a comfortable win. Kiara ran the third fastest leg and Carys the fourth.

The under 17 men (Morgan James, Rhys Jones and James Vincent) won a close race, with James taking over in third place but running the fastest leg to bring the team home first; Morgan was the fourth fastest. The B team (Jack McConkey, Callum Russell and Owain Edwards) was fourth.

The senior women fielded two teams with the A squad (Lucy Marland, Carys Hughes and Kath Marshall) taking the title and the B team (Bethan Evans, Ffion Gregson-Lewis and Laura Wright) the bronze. Kath Marshall produced the third fastest leg.

In the senior men's race, Cardiff (Steve Morris, Ciaran Lewis, Tom Marshall anld James Thie) had to take second place on this occasion to Welsh rivals Swansea, with Tom Marshall running the fourth fastest leg.

Elsewhere, the under 13 girls were 7th, the under 15 girls' A team was 5th with the B team 6th and the under 15 boys' team was 4th.

Once again there was excellent team spirit and Cardiff has got the cross country season off to a very good start.

The official results can be seen here.