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Welsh Road Relays Championships sees its largest fields...Harriers dominate junior age groups PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Monday, 24 September 2018 16:23

 

For a further comprehensive event report and the age group results on the Welsh Athletics Website, http://www.welshathletics.org/news--media/news/news-area/2018/09-sep/welsh-road-relay-championships-2018---full-report.aspx

 

A Carmarthenshire country park hosted its latest sporting event on the weekend in conjunction with Welsh Athletics and Carmarthenshire County Council, as Swansea Harriers' Senior teams comfortably retained their respective titles in style to repeat last year's success.

For the second year in succession, Welsh Athletics hosted its popular Welsh Road Relays Championships for all age groups in West Wales at the Pembrey Country Park facility near Llanelli on Saturday (22nd September). This came just three weeks after some of the World's best cyclists began their journey at the same venue in the Grand Depart of the Tour of Britain earlier this month. Teams arrived in Llanelli looking to come out on top and add their club name to the list of champions which goes back many years.

Wet and cool conditions greeted the athletes from early morning until late afternoon but did not dampen spirits of those in attendance at the 51st running of the event. Despite a flat and fast course with the exception of a climb in the first 200m, the wintry elements certainly tested the runners at times as they made their way around the course.

 

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These championships, which has also descended on Llandow Circuit Track and Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd in the past, saw its largest fields to date for several years. More than 20 clubs and nearly 200 teams from all four corners of Wales entered in time of the closing date in mid-September. Races included a primary school challenge, full junior programme, men's, women's and veteran's races, as the likes of Swansea Harriers, Cardiff AAC, Newport Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers and Menai Track and Field returned to defend their respective titles won in the 2017 edition.

The Welsh Road Relays Championships acted as a preparation for clubs that will be contesting the ERRA Men's 6 & Women's 4 Stage Relay Championships in early October at Birmingham's Sutton Park.

The event provided the chance for both established and up and coming endurance runners in Wales to compete against each other in a competitive team format. Also, it was hailed as a great opportunity to showcase the county's athletic talent against Wales' best.

Varying in distances by age group from 1,540m to 5,400m, the relays used a brand new course this year and took full advantage of the excellent new National Closed Road Cycling Circuit and surrounding parkland which had recently opened earlier this year.

The course took runners on a scenic and traffic free route around the Cycle road with an out and back extension increasing the distance for the older age group. Under 13's and Seniors were run in a team of four, while the Under 15's, Under 17's and Masters categories were contested as a trio of athletes.

Presentations were made to the top three teams as well as the individual winner of each category. They were presented throughout the day by Tom Marley Welsh Athletics Competitions Manager, Graham Finlayson Vice President of Welsh Athletics, Jacqueline Brace Welsh Athletics Registration Officer, Steve Brace Run4Wales, Hedydd Davies President of Carmarthen Harriers and Kathleen Jervis from Parc Bryn Bach RC.

 

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Carmarthen Harriers Results: A total of 40 athletes wore the vest of the club in the various age groups with a tally of 31 medals won across all categories. Here we round up the afternoon's action by race:

 

Primary School Boys / Ysgolion Cynradd Bechgyn: As expected following a great summer of track and field for the younger boys, the day got off to a great start in event one. Eight of the 28 athletes were from Carmarthen with both the A team and B team making it a one-two finish on the podium as well as individual gold and bronze in the process.

Running away after the half way point, Macsen Toogood crossed as the first winner of these championships (5:06) and just twelve seconds back was Liam Upton-Boorman to fill third spot (5:18). The A team was complete thanks to James Sloyan who was fourth (5:24) to score eight points.

The seventh, eighth and fourteenth positions recorded by Alex Coles (5:27); Daniel Warrender (5:28) and Tristan Warrender (5:43) were rewarded with silver team medals behind their training teammates. In a great display, William Coles (5:46) and Jac Jones (5:56) were also part of an exciting race.

 

Primary School Girls / Ysgolion Cynradd Merched: A short time later, the five girls were also succeeding in the girls' event. Fifth place went to Jessica Norman (6:01) followed by Ellie-May John seventh (6:04) and Martha Morgan next at ninth (6:13). Packing in well, the trio took gold teamwise and with Soffia-Mai Davies crossing in tenth (6:17) and Beatrice Morgan running well in seventeenth (6:41) the total of 13 primary school children enjoyed their time in the spotlight.

 

Under 13 Boys: There was strength in depth in the under 13 boys' category and this was evident in how the race panned out. Early on in the race, the Carmarthen A team were in a battle with the Cardiff AAC team but as it progressed, the team stretched out to take the win by nearly a minute from second-placed Newport Harriers. The victorious quartet here were Ifan Bowen (6:11); Jake Lynock (6:15); Jack Thomas (6:16) and Iwan Thomas (6:17) who were fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth fastest respectively.

The B team also secured medals at the finish by coming in third spot, just 10 seconds ahead of fourth. Rogan Cox ran the quickest leg of 6:19 and was well supported by Zach Elvy (6:38); Ellis Caddick (6:36) and Steffan Davies (6:26).

 

Under 13 Girls: It was a much closer finish to the under 13 girls' age group with the top three separated by just ten seconds. Finishing either side of the winning Menai Track and Field and third placed Cardiff Archers were the Harriers' under 13 squad.

Frances Mackie led the team off and recorded the fastest time of 6:24. Running the second and third legs were Carys Wood (7:05) and Amy Greatrick (6:48) with Chloe Hale as the fourth fastest finished off in 6:29 to win silver.

 

Under 15 Boys: The under 15's competition was one to look out for with plenty of international experience out on show, but the experience of the Carmarthen boys saw them pull away quite comfortably in the end to win by two minutes exactly.

Running 10:06 in the first leg, Dafydd Jones' quick start resulted in him winning an extra medal for being the fastest leg runner for the age group. Frank Morgan kept the trio well in control (10:25) before Liam Edwards rounded off a great performance with 10:14) to cross in just beyond half an hour.

 

Master Men 35+: It was great to see two master men's 35+ teams out for the 2018 competition with a final standings of eighth and thirteenth.

Another to collect his gold winning performance individually was Jack Tremlett who ran 18:57 with second place just two seconds further back. Joining Tremlett in the first team was Dafydd Bowen (23:59) and Jamie Best (21:24).

Moving onto the B team, and it saw David Toogood, Jonathan Cox and Edward Morgan fill the team of three for the age category. Their finishing times respectively were 23:02, 24:04 and 27:48

 

Master Men 45+: Three of the senior's went off in the over 45 category with Jake Morgan on leg one in the top half individually (22:29) and Paul Lynock (24:02) completing the second leg. Huw Davies finished off the course in the final leg, in 22:52 to take the team to fifth place.

 

Master Women 35+: We had just the one women's team out this year and the trio did not disappoint, as they were a bit shocked to hear at presentation that they had won team bronze! As a result, the individual times were great too as Liz Tremlett (22:15) was third and Wendy Price (22:18) fourth fastest. Running the second out of three legs was Kate Parker (26:25) who made sure of the podium position.

 

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In just over a months' time, the John H Collins Gwent Cross Country League Round 2 will head to Pembrey on Saturday 10th November, whilst the Welsh Cross Country Championships is another big event that has already been confirmed at the West Wales facility over the course of the upcoming winter season.

Well done to the club members taking part and working together as a team, thanks to parents, coaches and managers for their support. Our club were just not performing on the competition stage, but also behind the scenes in a number of ways. Many thanks to all the ever hard working officials, staff and volunteers from Carmarthenshire County Council, Pembrey Country Park, Welsh Athletics and Carmarthen Harriers who contributed towards a fantastic day.

 

For the RESULTS / CANLYNIADAU, visit http://results.welshathletics.org/2018_RR_Road_Relays/22092018/

For the day's Media Coverage from Carmarthen Harriers, visit Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

For video highlights from the out on the course / races P1, visit our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3tWvtMRzsk

For video highlights from the presentation area P2, visit our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tttnHi6RXSY

For a further comprehensive event report and the age group results on the Welsh Athletics Website, visit http://www.welshathletics.org/news--media/news/news-area/2018/09-sep/welsh-road-relay-championships-2018---full-report.aspx

 

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