September in recent years has welcomed hundreds of cross country runners to the Showground in Carmarthen. Here's a look back at the 2019 Carmarthenshire Primary Schools Cross Country Championship report when it was held in Carmarthenshire 12 months ago...
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The 2019 cross country season in West Wales got off to an excellent start with another fantastic turn out in Carmarthen at the 2019 Carmarthenshire Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, in its 32nd edition.
The 32nd Carmarthenshire Schools Cross Country Championships was once againd sponsored by McDonalds and Welsh Athletics. The club's partnership with McDonalds has grown year and year, and resulted in the club being awarded the Welsh Athletics partnership award for this reason three years ago.
Ron Mounsey, Owner of McDonalds has been a great supporter of school athletics and cross country in Dyfed for a number of years and said: "We at McDonalds were very pleased and proud to once again be sponsoring the Carmarthenshire Primary Schools Cross Country Championships.
"It was a privilege to see so many young children in the county of Carmarthenshire taking part in sport and having a great time."
A total of 1,061 runners from more than 40 Carmarthenshire primary schools descended on the outskirts of Carmarthen to compete in the annual cross-country championships.
It gave youngsters in four school year groups the opportunity to get involved in running and enjoy the race experience alongside their school friends, whether they were experienced club runners or trying out cross country for the very first time - that's what the event was all about, everyone having the chance to take part and having fun regardless of finishing position!
Watching on was local Llanfynydd athlete, Dewi Griffiths who began his running career as events such as this in Carmarthenshire. Dewi by now is a Wales and Great Britain International and continues to inspire the next generation here in West Wales.
He said: "It was a pleasure to see so many young children having fun and being active. Everyone should be proud of their effort tonight. Congratulations to everyone regardless where they finished."
A total of eight races was on offer for the spectators during the evening's programme, with the year 3 and year 4's completing 2 large laps whilst the year 5 and year 6's had an extra small lap at the beginning. The finish was situated right in front of the main grandstand, where it provided an ideal opportunity for the hundreds of supporters to cheer and encourage the youngsters on.
More than 100 individual and team medals were presented to the first ten in each race and the first three teams. On completion of the competition, awards were made by special guests invited to attend which were Ron Mounsey (sponsors at McDonalds), Graham Finlayson (Vice President of Welsh Athletics), Miriam Moules (Carmarthen Town Sheriff) and Dewi Griffiths (Wales and Great Britain International athlete)
As in previous years, there were team awards up for grabs with three finishers to score from each school. In the team competition, there were four different school winners:
Ysgol Y Dderwen, Ysgol Nantgaredig, Ysgol Llangadog and Ysgol Griffith Jones
Pupils from Ysgol Y Dderwen were again on top form in the cross country and continued their outstanding success in the team categories, winning three out of the eight available.
Photos: Nathan Jones