A new cross country season is on the way...and league competitions get underway in October.
One of those leagues that's returning is the John H Collins Gwent Cross Country League which has since been named in memory of John Collins. It has been going strong for numerous years since 1963, attracting athletes - juniors and seniors - from across South Wales and the South West of England.
It is open to those trying cross country for the first time in the novices going through the under 13, under 15, under 17, under 20 and seniors, so there's a chance for everyone to get involved during the winter season!
The league has visited all corners of South Wales and the South West of England including Pembrey, Cardiff, Bridgend, Pontypool, Bristol, Taunton and Bath just to name a few locations since the start.
In October, the Gwent League will start incorporating the British Athletics Cardiff Cross Challenge in the Welsh Capital at Llandaff Fields in Cardiff on Saturday 16th October.
The West Wales junior, senior & masters teams to represent the West region in the joint Welsh Inter Regional and Welsh Inter Schools Cross Country Championships at Brecon on Saturday 20th November, will be selected using the results of the Cardiff Cross Challenge/Gwent League on Saturday 16th October. The top 15 West Wales athletes in each age group and gender will be emailed selection letters directly and or via their club membership secretary.
November is yet to have a confirmed venue and date.
Pembrey Country Park is the location for fixture 3 and this will be hosted by Carmarthen Harriers and will incorporate the West Wales Cross Country Championships 2021. Medals will be awarded to the first three athletes in the junior, senior and master age groups from the region.
Fixtures four and five after Christmas will head to Blaise Castle in Bristol mid-February 2022 followed by the finale at Swansea's Singleton Park four weeks later.
To get involved during the season and represent one of the Carmarthen Harriers teams, more details and team managers will follow soon.
THIS YEAR'S 2021/2022 LEAGUE DATES:
SATURDAY / DYDD SADWRN 16.10.19 - Llandaff Fields, Cardiff (incorporating Cardiff Cross Challenge)
13.11.21-14.11.21 - TBC
SATURDAY / DYDD SADWRN 04.12.19 - Pembrey Country Park, Llanelli
SATURDAY / DYDD SADWRN 19.02.22 - Blaise Castle, Bristol
SATURDAY / DYDD SADWRN 19.03.22 - Singleton Park, Swansea
EVENT WEBSITE / GWEFAN Y DIGWYDDIAD: https://www.gwent-league.org.uk/