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Busy bank holiday for Harriers



Large turnout: The Mayoral Fun Run

Large turnout: The Mayoral Fun Run

IT WAS A busy Bank Holiday for both the Junior and Senior sections of Carmarthen Harriers as both were out at various events as the athletics season begins to get into full swing.

The Under 17/20 West Wales athletes made the long journey south to Plymouth, as part of the composite team to compete in the first fixture of the UK Youth Development League. Having been promoted to the top Premier West Division two years ago, the team did well to finish strongly where they left off last year in third place behind the ever strong Avon and hosts Devon & Cornwall composite teams.

It was a fantastic day on the track despite the transport problems on the way home and they now look forward to the upcoming events, which includes a home match in Carmarthen in June.

The Harriers involved in Plymouth were: William Edwards, Sam Bleach, Joe Worrall, Nicholas Jones, Rhys Thomas, Alicia Samuel, Celyn Williams, Danielle Jones & Amelia Davey.

Meanwhile at the British Universities and Colleges champs at Bedford, Aled Price leaped 7.21m in the long jump and Rachel Donnison had a time of 56.34s in the 400m. Kyran Roberts ran the 5000m in 15.00.44 and Enfys Jones cleared 2.50m in the senior pole vault.

On May Day, while many runners of all ages from the club took part in the Carmarthen Mayor’s Races in the town centre, others headed over the bridge to Somerset for the annual BMC Millfield PB Classic event at Street on Monday evening, which featured many top class athletes in Wales and England.

The long journey and late return was more than justified by some great results and saw a host of personal bests recorded over series of middle distances races and something to build on for the rest of the summer.

There were big pb’s for Thomas Jones (4m 19) Tomos Rees (4m 28) Iwan Glynn (4m 34) and Archi Morgan (4m 48) in the 1500 metres, while Ben Thomas ran a new quick time of 9m 13 in the 3000m and there was a further best time for Iestyn Williams (2m 09) in the 800m.

Other athletes’ results on the evening included: Daisy Thompson (2m 26), Ashraf Liles (1m 57) and Dwayne Griffiths (2m 01) in the 800, plus Callum Lovatt (4m 52) in the 1500m.

The annual charity Trap Fun Run saw its biggest turnout in 22 years in 2016. Callum Lovatt (17.06) and Non Morgan (19.58) were 1st in the Years 9-11 with Iestyn Jones-Evans 4th (19.36); Dafydd Jones (17.54) and Phoebe Davis (18.04) winners in the Years 7 and 8 categories. Iestyn Williams was 5th in the Open Male (29.46) and Gwion Jones-Evans was 8th in the Years 5 and 6 (25.44).

Phoebe was awarded the Brecon Carreg Shield for outstanding contribution to Trap Fun Run, while at the Porthkerry 5 mile race, Sharon Leech was a clear ladies winner in a time of 34.56.

On Sunday (May 15), the club will be represented as they aim to win medals at the West Wales Outdoor Athletics Championships at Swansea University Track for Under 13 to Senior age groups.

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Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups



A MULTI- SPORTS facility, at the heart of the Gwendraeth Valley, has been taken over by a local sports group, the Baton Twirlers.

The management of Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre, which is owned by Carmarthenshire County, has been transferred to the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) via a lease agreement and will allow the public to continue to use the facilities at the centre.

Whilst Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre is now the official home of BTAC its facilities are available for the local community and sports groups to be used.

An official reopening of the Centre, which bears the name of one of the Gwendraeth Valley’s most famous sons, under the new management of the BTAC was held on Sunday, October 2.

Speaking at the event, Jessica Shore Director of the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) said:

“We are thrilled to have worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to secure this sports centre on behalf of the local community and it’s a pleasure to welcome the public here today. We are looking forward to working with and hosting various community and sports groups at the Carwyn James Sports Centre.

“It also was very important to us to provide a home for baton twirling in Wales, and we will make great use of the excellent facilities here.”

Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “This is a great success story for the BTAC, the Gwendraeth Valley and the council as we have secured the future of the Carwyn James Sports Centre for the local community.

I would like to thank Baton Twirlers Association Cymru for their work and enthusiasm during the process of transferring management of the Sports Centre to them, as a community group, and I wish them the very best for the future.”

Plans approved to transfer management of Brynamman Lido

On Monday, October 3, the council’s Cabinet approved plans to lease the Brynamman Lido, which is held in trust by the Carmarthenshire County Council, to Brynamman Lido Limited under its asset transfer programme.

Under the proposed lease, Brynamman Lido Limited will take over the management of the lido with the intention to reopen the swimming pool for sporting, recreational and leisure activities.

Following the approval of the plans by the Cabinet, Cllr. Gareth John commented:

“We are pleased to be working with the local group in Brynamman to transfer the management and maintenance of the lido to the community.

“The transfer of this asset will allow Brynamman Lido Ltd to apply for funding via grants that would not be available to the County Council, and we will continue to work with them and provide support along the journey to reopening the lido to the community.”

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Latest recruit to Llandeilo’s Ashmole & Co team ‘converts’ his spare time into being a rugby referee



Ashmole & Co have scored a try with their newest Trainee Accountant. The firm is delighted to announce that Aled Jones has recently started working for the successful accountancy team in the Llandeilo office.

Aled, who lives in Pontyberem, is a community rugby referee in his spare time. He referees senior rugby games on Saturdays and Junior rugby games on Sundays including cup matches. He is also involved in the Scarlets Cup Final at Parc y Scarlets and the Carmarthenshire cup finals.

Before joining Ashmole & Co Aled was a Personal Banker with Barclays Bank for five years. He studied AAT Level three at Coleg Sir Gar. Aled went to primary school in Pontyberem and secondary school in Ysgol y Gwendraeth.

Day to day with Ashmole & Co, Aled prepares and inputs clients’ sales and purchase invoices onto the accounting software; completes clients’ VAT returns and assists senior members of the team with the preparation of accounts. The most rewarding part of the job for Aled is hearing that the clients are happy.

Welcoming Aled to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo Ashmole & Co office, said, “We are delighted that Aled has joined our team in Carmarthenshire. He has fitted in well and is a pleasure to work with. I’ve told my rugby mad sons that they have to behave now when they play rugby on a Sunday in case Aled is their referee! It is great that he gives up his spare time to help local rugby clubs in this way.”
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Aled said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered, certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, to give me this opportunity.”

Ashmole & Co offer financial support to a significant number of junior and professional sports teams across south Wales. The Llandeilo office has recently shown its support to Llandeilo RFC by contributing towards new tops for the juniors.

Ceri added, “As a rural firm that works with businesses in the area it is a pleasure for us to be able to lend our support to local sports teams.”

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Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd



LLANGENNECH earned their fourth win in as many matches on Saturday (Oct 22) as they beat Penclawdd 38-10.

Jordan Saunders got the scoring underway with the first try of the game and Thomas Davies added the extras.

Penclawdd then levelled the scoring with a try from Daniel John Guarneri and Marcus Brown added the extras.

It remained 7-7 until half time with conditions proving tricky for both sides.

In the second half, Aaron Howles got the try to put Llangennech ahead but the conversion was missed.

Joseph Hutchings then extended the visitors’ lead with their third try and Davies added the extras to take the score to 7-19.

Penclawdd then responded with a penalty from Brown as the home side looked to get back into the game.

However, Llangennech soon had their fourth try and a bonus point as Howles touched down for his second try of the game and Davies added the extras.

Louis Rees then scored an unconverted try before replacement Hefin Jones went over for Llangennech’s sixth try, converted by Davies.

On Saturday, October 29, Penclawdd travel to Aberystwyth for their second game in the Division 1 Cup.

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