THE 38TH RUNNING of the Carmarthen Mayor’s Races returns to the town centre on May Day Bank Holiday, 6th of May. With less than a fortnight to go, online entries are now open and the whole family can get involved.
The event, now organised under Noelwyn Daniel supported by Carmarthen Town Council along with many local organisations, was established by the Councillor Peter Hughes-Griffiths, in partnership with Dr Hedydd Davies, the International athlete who has represented his country many times.
Taking place around Guildhall Square and Lammas Street, it has annually attracted over 800 runners between 3 and 80 years old every year. Supporting the event this year in a number of ways includes Stiwdio Box, G.D Harries & Sons, Rotary Club of Carmarthen, Merlin’s Walk, St.Catherine’s Walk, Charles B.Sams, Carmarthen Journal, JT Thomas, Mark Hopley Heating Services, Security 4 Wales, Mayor’s Charity Appeals Committee, WPS, Carl Morgan Building Surveyor, Spine & Sports Physio, Bowen & Weaving Ltd, Towy Works, Gwasanaethau Myrddin and Robert Lloyd PR Media Consultant.
It has hosted 25 Welsh road race championships in conjunction within the race in the period 1982 to 2006 over various distances such as a Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km.
Carmarthen Mayor’s Races Fun Run, having gone from strength to strength, takes place in the heart of the town centre, affording great opportunities to cheer on the runners.
The event raises thousands of pounds for charity with many local groups and organisations benefiting. Proceeds in 2019 will go to Carmarthen Freshstart, Carmarthen Food Bank, Carmarthen Youth Opera and Talking Books Wales.
A total of 238 runners took on the 5K challenge 12 months ago on the streets of the town with each one having their own reason to take part. The 2018 fun run was won overall by Amman Valley Harriers’ Rob Davies in a time of 17:15. He was followed in by Marc Davies of Swansea Harriers (17:53) and Liam Edwards from Carmarthen Harriers (18:15) to complete the top three. The women’s overall champion was local Harrier Wendy Price who took victory on the road in a time of 20:32.
Meanwhile, children races were popular with Seren Bowen (Y Dderwen), Gwilym Rees (Nantgaredig), Libby Hale (Newton), Llion Davies (Y Dderwen), Carys Wood (Stepaside), Mared Jones (Y Dderwen), Liam Upton-Boorman (Johnstown), Amy Tucker (St John Lloyd) and Frank Morgan (Bro Myrddin) all coming out on top in their respective school year group.
Race organiser and Triathlete Noelwyn Daniel from Healthy Life Activities urges fun run competitors to make a note of the race date in their diary.
Mr Daniel said: “The event is recognised as a great occasion in Carmarthen. So if you want to get into shape over the winter months ready for the big race day, then now is the time to start.”
The same routes will be in place in 2019 as the last couple of years but including the 2018 course used for the 5K that took runners in the opposite direction to previous years which means you Finish by running up into Guildhall Square. Electronic Chip Timing will again be in use for the 5K.
The day gets underway with the 3-lap Senior 5K fun run at 10.00am from opposite the bus station on Blue Street and is followed by a series of junior races over 2 laps of the route.
The Year 1 and 2 will start proceedings at 11.00am before moving up to year 3 & 4 and year 5 & 6. Concluding the day will be a secondary school year 7 and 8 race and a chance for those 6 years and under in Nursery and Reception to run a lap of the course with their parents and families.
As with all junior races, their reward will be their very own medal to take away as a finisher.
The Mayor will be on hand to help start the races and present the awards throughout the day. There’ll be trophies for the top 3 in each age group (except Nursery and Reception) as well as the following awards in the main 5K race: Males under 40, V40+, V50+, V60+, Females under 35, V35+, V45+, V55+, Best Fancy Dress, Males/Females in School Years 9 to 11 and 1st Relay Team.
10:00am: 5km Adult Fun Run (3 laps)
11:00am: Primary School Girls Years 1 & 2 (2 laps)
11:10am: Presentations of trophies for adults fun run
11:20am: Primary Schools Boys Years 1 & 2 (2 laps)
11:35am: Primary Schools Girls Years 3 & 4 (2 laps)
11:50am: Primary Schools Boys Years 3 & 4 (2 laps)
12:05pm: Primary School Girls Years 5 & 6 (2 laps)
12:20pm: Primary School Boys Years 5 & 6 (2 laps)
12:35pm: Secondary School Girls & Boys Years 7 & 8 (2 laps)
12:45pm: Mini Fun Run – Nursery & Reception (may be accompanied by an adult) (1 lap)
1:10pm: Presentation for Junior Races
Closing Date for Postal entries is Sunday 28th April 2019. Forms and cheques to be sent to: Carmarthen Town Council, St Peter’s Civic Hall, Nott Square, Carmarthen, SA31 1PG. Cheques payable to Carmarthen Fun Run.
St Peter’s Hall will be open from 8.00am on May 6th for those entering on the day. Please check out the start times of the races and ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to register and get to the start line on time. Please try and bring the correct entry fee to Registration. There will be signs above each table indicating the Race Category.
Personal bests recorded at running events
THE Welsh Athletics calendar saw a series of midweek Endurance and Sprints open meetings held over the summer months at four South Wales venues – Cwmbran, Cardiff, Swansea and Newport. These events have helped club athletes of all ages secure personal best times by the help of pacers.
The sprints open saw 100m and 200m take centre stage whilst the endurance side saw athletes run over 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 1500m steeplechase disciplines.
More than twenty new lifetime bests were set as twenty-five athletes from Carmarthen Harriers, Pembrokeshire Harriers and Llanelli AC athletics clubs competed throughout the series.
Swansea University Athletics Track welcomed 100 endurance athletes to the third fixture of the MDAL Welsh Milers endurance open meeting on Wednesday, July 31. The conditions near Swansea Bay were ideal for distance running and for running quick times on a bright evening.
In one of the many standout performances, Frank Morgan improved on his Carmarthen Harriers under 15 boys 1500m club record, running 4:10.38.
Results: Dafydd Jones (800m) 2:00.04, Liam Edwards (800m) 2:00.24, Jonathan Williams (800m) 2:01.69, Callum Campion (800m) 2:04.21, Iwan Wilson (800m) 2:24.97, Danielle Franklin (800m) 2:31.74, Rogan Cox (800m) 2:40.96, Frank Morgan (1500m) 4:10.38, Tomos Rees (1500m) 4:25.02, Iwan Thomas (1500m) 4:52.56, Jake Lynock (1500m) 5:04.37, Amy Greatrick (1500m) 5:17.83 and Frances Mackie (1500m) 5:35.00
Two weeks later (Wednesday, August 14), Macsen Toogood (800m) 2:25.55, Amy Tucker (800m) 2:47.65, Callum Campion (1500m) 4:20.21, Carys Jones (1500m) 5:07.45 and Jake Lynock (1500m) 5:17.97 headed to round four and the final Welsh Milers open at Spytty Stadium in Newport.
Cardiff International Sports Stadium was the venue for three Welsh Athletics Run with the wind sprints events in May, June and August.
Competing on the new blue track in the Welsh capital at Leckwith, the meetings featured many of Wales’ top sprinters and up-and-coming future stars. Athletes ran against those that were the same ability in mixed age groups, meaning that there would be a great opportunity to pick up some personal bests.
Results: Lewis Evans (100m) 11.22 & (200m) 23.09, Liam Topp (100m) 11.49 & (200m) 23.46, Jamie Topp (100m) 13.22, Luke Thomas (100m) 12.39 & (200m) 23.40, Ellie Loweth (100m) 13.20 & (200m) 26.74), Thaia Davies (100m) 13.47, Ella Wintle (100m) 12.59, Lucy Wintle (100m) 13.72 & (200m) 27.55, Harrison Wheeler (100m) 11.80 & (200m) 23.78, Rhodri Roberts (100m) 13.34 & (200m) 27.42, Danielle Franklin (100m) 13.49 & (200m) 27.91 and Joseph Franklin (100m) 14.33 & (200m) 30.58
Wanderers slip to defeat
CARMARTHEN Wanderers slipped to defeat on Saturday (Aug 17) as they were beaten by league leaders Swansea in a low scoring encounter.
With rain in the air, Swansea were invited to bat first and their hosts restricted them to 133-9 in their 50 overs.
However, the Wanderers were unable to reach their target as they were bowled out for just 70.
Brad Wadlan and Jake Roberts got the visitors off too a good start as they shared 43 runs for the first wicket.
Owain Binding made the breakthrough as he bowled Roberts on a score of 17 and Iestyn Scourfield then bowled Wadlan on a score of 36 to leave Swansea on 60-2.
Thirteen more runs followed before Adnan Ghori was stumped by Ifan Knott off the bowling of Ian Hughes.
Steven Mills was then brought on to bowl and he trapped Gareth Hayden leg before before also bowling Nathan Jones for a second-ball duck.
That left Swansea struggling on 88-5 but Connor Miles and Thomas Haden shared 28 runs for the sixth wicket.
Miles had made a patient score of 25 but was then ran out by Liam Rogers as the visitors looked to put more runs on the board.
Gareth Thomas then had Haden stumped by Knott on a score of 12 before Thomas took the catch to dismiss Callum Jenkins and give Robbie Crawford his first wicket of the day.
Thomas then bowled Mike Hayden as he finished with figures of 2-16 and in doing so, took his 100th Premier League wicket.
That left Swansea on 119-9 but Ioan Webber finished unbeaten on 12 to see Swansea to their total.
Despite the low score the Wanderers knew they would need to bat well if they were to stand a chance of winning the game but they soon found themselves in trouble.
Leighton Walters was bowled by Adnan Ghori and Steven Mills was bowled by Brad Wadlan as the hosts slipped to 14-2.
That became 24-3 when Wadlan caught and bowled Owain Davies.
Swansea continued to pick up wickets and next to fall was Gareth Thomas after being bowled by Jake Roberts.
Wadlan then trapped Darrel Griffiths leg before and Connor Miles bowled Owain Binding to leave the Wanderers reeling on 37-6.
Robbie Crawford and Ifan Knott then looked to get their side moving as they shared 31 runs for the seventh wicket.
Crawford top scored with a knock of 20 but he couldn’t go on as he was caught by Ioan Webber off the bowling of Gareth Hayden.
Osian Webber then bowled Liam Rogers for a duck before Hayden bowled Knott on a score of 10.
Hayden then brought the game to a close when he had Ian Hughes caught by Miles to leave Carmarthen all out on 70.
Swansea’s win saw them gain promotion to Division 1 while Carmarthen remain fifth after their seventh loss of the season.
On Saturday (Aug 24), Carmarthen travel to second from bottom Newport Fugitives while Swansea are at home to bottom side Panteg.
Davies brought in for Wales
WALES have made three changes to their side to face England in Cardiff on Saturday with Jake Ball, James Davies and Dan Biggar coming into the starting XV.
Ball comes into the second row alongside captain Alun Wyn Jones with Davies coming into the back row alongside Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty.
James will also line-up alongside elder brother Jonathan Davies for the first time in a Wales jersey. (The last pair of brothers to play alongside each other for Wales was Jamie and Nicky Robinson in 2006).
Dan Biggar comes into the starting line-up and will partner Gareth Davies at half-back. The rest of the backline remains unchanged with Hadleigh Parkes partnering Jonathan Davies in midfield and Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams comprising the back-three.
Wales have also named an unchanged front row with Nicky Smith, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis all starting.
“This weekend is another opportunity for us to take the field, test ourselves and continue our preparation for Japan,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
“It is a little over five weeks until we kick off our campaign in Toyota against Georgia and it is important we are fully prepared and rugby-ready by then.
“We were disappointed to get the loss last weekend so it is important we step it up on Saturday and put in a big display in front a of a packed Principality Stadium.
“The squad are looking forward to getting back out there, taking another step towards the RWC and putting in a big performance.”
Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones and Dillon Lewis provide the front-row cover with Aaron Shingler and Josh Navidi completing the forward contingent. Aled Davies, Jarrod Evans and Owen Watkin are named as the backline cover.
Wales Team To Face England: Saturday, August 17 (KO 14.15 Channel 4/Sky Sports):
15. Liam Williams (Saracens) (56 Caps)
14. George North (Ospreys) (84 Caps)
13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (74 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (16 Caps)
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues) (11 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (71 Caps)
9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (42 Caps)
1. Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (29 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (Scarlets) (65 Caps)
3. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (41 Caps)
4. Jake Ball (Scarlets) (33 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (C) (Ospreys) (126 Caps)
6. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (9 Caps)
7. James Davies (Scarlets) (3 Caps)
8. Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (32 Caps)
16. Elliot Dee (Dragons) (19 Caps)
17. Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (13 Caps)
18. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues) (13 Caps)
19. Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) (18 Caps)
20. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (16 Caps)
21. Aled Davies (Ospreys) (17 Caps)
22. Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues) (1 Cap)
23. Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (14 Caps)
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