THE EVER POPULAR Ammanford Junior Fun Run returned to the Amman Valley Leisure Centre athletics track last Wednesday (Jul 5).
Postponed at the end of June due to wet weather, the rescheduled day turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so far – and this attracted hundreds of people to the annual sporting event which keeps going from strength to strength.
With a total of five age groups and eight different races, there was something for the whole family to enjoy in the Amman Valley.
The 2017 edition was again organised by the local running club led by Cathrin Owen and Rachel Alcock along with club runners from Amman Valley Harriers. It was kindly sponsored by Healthy Life Activities, who provided the finisher’s medals and trophies to all the athletes along with race commentary.
Under new organization, the event for the second year in succession altered slightly from previous years, with a separate race for the reception where parents and friends were able to run alongside the little ones.
The first race was one lap with the remaining four categories over a distance of two laps of the track (800m) with the finish under the inflatable arch in the middle of the field.
The event was promoted afar and saw a good response as organisers welcomed a number of visitors from destinations such as Swansea and Ceredigion, including a large team of athletes from Morriston Comprehensive school.
The sponsor Noelwyn Daniel from Healthy Life Activities said: “Healthy Life Activities were delighted to be sponsoring and supporting this excellent event. We are keen to see as many youngsters as possible lead a healthy lifestyle and these events are a great way for the children to become active and enjoy themselves at the same time.”
The conditions were perfect for the runners, with the sun shining strongly throughout the evening. The crowds turned up to support the local event in Carmarthenshire which has become one of the most well attended for primary school-age children.
The interest shown by schools and others this year was clear to see, with a record number of almost 350 children turning up to enjoy the occasion and the race day atmosphere, nearly 100 more than 12 months ago.
They were all cheered on by the few hundred spectators and parents who lined the side of the track, looking on at all the smiling faces as they completed their run. All children who finished on the night received a medal and in addition those who finished in the top three of Year 1-8 were also presented with a trophy. A good crowd stayed on to cheer the athletes who had made it onto the podium.
The event press and social media officer Nathan Jones added: “Amman Valley Harriers were delighted along with HLA to put on the Ammanford Fun Run again in 2017.
“With the event being re-arranged it was great to see a new record number turn out on a weekday evening. Whatever their ability, the evening’s races was open to all ages from those running for the first time in reception to the more experienced club middle distance athletes, supported from the side-lines by friends and family.
“The feedback has been very positive from visitors and the runners themselves and it is hoped that this event will continue for years to come, with the potential for many to go on further in the future.”
As usual, volunteers played a huge part in supporting the fun run and organisers would like to thank all those who helped in any way to ensure that the midweek event was once again a huge success.
Blacks go marching on
New Dock Stars • 10
Burry Port • 21
BURRY PORT travelled to local rivals New Dock Stars last Saturday (Oct 7) and booked their place into the next round of the WRU Bowl.
It was the home side who got off to the better start keeping the ball for long periods and putting the Burry Port try line under some pressure but just couldn’t get over the white wash.
Burry Port looked dangerous when in possession and with strong running centre Knox opening the scoring with a fine run Burry Port got into their game and took control of the first half.
Knox soon crossed for his second and was quickly followed by another try this time by Flanker Rich Parker all converted by Ceiron Thomas to make the score 21-0 at half time.
The Blacks had more opportunities to increase the lead but a combination of good defence and a couple of mistakes at the last moment denied the away team.
New Dock put plenty of good work in themselves and were really effective at keeping the ball with forwards working hard off 9 and after a long phase of play were awarded a penalty on the Burry Port 22 which was kicked by Jason Baxter to make the score 21-3.
The rest of the half saw New Dock trying to get back in the game but Burry Port controlled territory and wouldn’t let the home team anytime in the attacking half.
The final score went to New Dock after a promising Burry Port attack and a chance of another try the ball was intercepted by the New Dock winger Kieron James who raced in for a try under the posts, converted by Baxter to make the final score 21-10.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday (Oct 14) in the league when Burry Port will be the hosts and can expect another tough game.
Nant hold off Quins
Pembroke Dock Quins • 12
Nantgaredig • 28
NANTGAREDIG withstood a second half fight back from a spirited Pembroke Dock Quins side to book their place in the third round of the WRU Bowl last Saturday (Oct 7).
The high flying Division 3B side won the game 28-12 but the Quins dominated the second half and were unlucky not to score more points.
The visitors could not have got off to a better start when Outside Half Dafydd Lewis slotted over a penalty after just two minutes, and on 10 minutes Scrum Half George Gleeson slipped over for a try which was converted by Dafydd Lewis.
With a 0-10 advantage for the visitors it looked like it was going to be a tough afternoon for the Quins.
On the Half Hour the Quins were dealt a hammer blow when Right Wing Gethin Davies touched down for a Unconverted Try wide out to put his side 15 points to the good.
The Quins though, responded magnificently, with one of the best tries they have scored this Season.
After some fine ball retention Outside Half Lewis Davies powered through a gap in a stretched defence to score half way out, he converted himself to put the Quins back in the hunt.
With five minutes of the half remaining the Quins laid siege to the visitors’ line, but unfortunately for the Quins they could not crack the visitors defence.
The Quins had it all to play for as the second Half started but with just five minutes of the half gone Dafydd Lewis punished a Quins indiscretion to put his side into a 7-18 lead.
From here on in it was all Quins as they seemed to be encamped in the visitors 22, but no matter what they tried it just did not seem their day.
Just on the hour mark an interception try by Dafydd Lewis was a cruel blow to the Quins after all the effort they had put in, he failed to convert his own try from wide out.
The Quins were soon back inside the visitors 22, with replacement Hywel Baker showing a never say die attitude after coming off his sick bed, but the Quins could not force a score, with some outstanding defence by the visitors coming to the fore.
Nantgaredig grabbed a fourth try when a chip over the top bounced straight into Dafydd Lewis’ hands and the Outside Half did the rest for an unconverted try.
The Quins had the last say when replacement Prop Martin Culley powered over from close range for an unconverted try.
Cefneithin beat All Blacks
Neyland • 3
Cefneithin • 25
CEFNEITHIN knocked out opposition from Pembrokeshire for a second time as they beat Neyland 25-3 to make it through to the third round of the WRU Bowl last Saturday (Oct 7).
The Carmarthenshire side knocked out Milford in the first round and put in another good display to beat Neyland.
They started this game well and went ahead with a try from Nathan Harbright and a second try from Dion Thomas gave them a 10-0 lead.
James Gronow and Jonathan Morgan also claimed tries while Richard Watts added one conversion and one penalty.
All Neyland had to show for their efforts was a solitary penalty from Mark Riley but it could have been a much different score line had the home side taken some of their chances.
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