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Hundreds turn out for Junior Fun Run

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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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