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Harriers help West Wales to second



screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-12-34-12A TOTAL of 38 Carmarthen Harriers members joined up with their West Wales club teammates to compete in the final championships of this year.

This was the 18th staging of the Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships, which took place at Penlan Arena in Brecon last Saturday (Dec 10).

On a very wet day and on a tough course, those who ran in the red and black vests of the west performed very well and all contributed to the second overall place finish behind the south region, along with 18 individual medals altogether.

The 12-race programme began with a primary school race for boys and girls. Carmarthen Harriers had 10 athletes in Brecon who all contributed to a very successful morning.

In the boys, it was a individua l one-two for Ifan Bowen and Iwan Thomas, and they secured team gold thanks to the backup of Steffan Davies and Jake Lynock. The girls were able to field two teams in total – scoring for the A and finishing runners-up in the category were Seren Davies, Milly John and Emma Brazier while Jessica Lee, Bessy Hill and Ella Davis completed a strong turnout from the youngsters.

In the top team result of the day, the under 13 West Wales boys dominated the opposition to win the Inter Area title and prove that they are the best in Wales. Harriers Liam Edwards, Frank Morgan and Dafydd Jones all finished in the top five running in the leading group throughout the race, supported by three Pembrokeshire athletes. The other finishers in this age group were Dafydd Thomas 27th, Morgan Batten 29th and Morgan Lloyd in 34th. The boys will fancy their chances as they go on to take on the best in the UK at the inter-counties race in Loughborough next year.

In the best individual performance of the day, talented Carmarthen Harrier Daisy Thompson won the individual under 13 title. Seemingly off the pace in third with 400 metres to go, she showed her track speed as they turned for home, winning the national title with 20 metres to spare. Phoebe Davis was also a high placed finisher in fifth while Clara James was 32nd in the same race.

As in the under 13s, the under 17 boys completed a great day of running by also winning the regional age group title with Ben Thomas the highest place Harrier in seventh. Morgan Llywelyn (11th) Thomas Jones (13th) Rhys Davies (16th) and William Thompson (37th) also scored vital points, ensuring they came out on top.

In the under 15 age group, Tomos Rees kept up with the leading pack, eventually finishing in seventh and not too far behind him was Gareth Thompson and Archi Morgan in 23rd and 26th respectively, with Caspar Farquhar coming in 37th.

In the girls event, the four Harriers pushed each other well, with Eva Edwards first over the line in 37th and was followed by the remainder of the squad: Beca Roberts 39th, Siwan Jones- Evans 40th and Maddie Morgan in 43rd.

In the final races of an exciting afternoon, three athletes ran in the under 17 women race and their finishing positions were Ellie Kiff 19th, Cerys Davies 33rd and Grace Page in 34th. Finally, in the Senior men, Huw Davies in the M45 category was 28th while M70 Gwent League leader Gordon Orme moving an age group this time to the M55 came 23rd. Louise Jones-Evans had a superb run in the F45 age group, just missing out on an individual medal, crossing the line in fourth.

West Wales Team Managers, led by Hedydd Davies and assisted on the day by Nathan Jones, Rebecca Gatt, Andrew Jenkins, Brian Fox and Alistair Griffiths, thanked all those runners who made the effort to represent the region in the 2016 Welsh Inter-Regionals.

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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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