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Four national titles for Harriers

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Finish: Liz Tremlett completes the half marathon

ATHLETES from across Carmarthenshire were involved in the Cardiff University Festival of Running & Half Marathon weekend recently.

12 Carmarthen Harriers athletes took to the roads of the capital in the annual Welsh mile championships with four taking national titles in a series of fiercely competitive races.

The day not only saw a number of Welsh Mile Races, but also the popular Toddler Dash, Mascot Race, University Fun Run and Family Fun Run which proved popular with runners turning out in their numbers.

In the junior races, Frank Morgan took the under 13 title (5:19) and Ben Thomas the under 17. Morgan dominated his race from the start, eventually winning comfortably from two Cardiff athletes. Jack Thomas, in his first race at this distance, finished a solid fifth (5:43).

Thomas took the under 17 title for the second year in a row, kicking with 600m to go he pulled away off the second to last bend finishing in 4.33, just a second ahead of his nearest rival. Tomos Rees ran an excellent race beating a Newport athlete to the bronze by two seconds (4:43).

Trystan Leech came sixth overall in the same age group, the under 17 men’s with a time of exactly five minutes. For the under 17 women, Harrier Grace Page finished sixth overall (6:54).

The future for Harriers certainly looks bright with the club dominating the under 11 boys category. An outstanding run from Iwan Thomas (5:42) saw him take the title from teammates Ifan Bowen in second (5:46) and Liam Upton-Boorman in third (5:52) completing a Harriers 123 and making an appearance on BBC Wales Television in the process.

It’s certain that friends Bowen and Thomas will have many more good battles over the season to come. Fast improving Jake Lynock was unlucky to finish fifth after being with the leaders for much of the race. He was run out of the medals by only three seconds (5:55).

With the Harriers youngest athletes performing so well, they could not have failed but to be impressed by Sharon Leech who took the Welsh and British Women’s veteran titles finishing in 5:55.

Paul Clarke finished a good fifth in a blanket finish, amongst a very competitive vet’s field running an impressive 4:45 to cap off an outstanding day for Carmarthen.

The club from Johnstown had representatives in the half marathon the following day with some excellent times.

Jack Tremlett was the first of the 11 to cross the line (1:17:39) followed by David Jones (1:17:58), Liz Tremlett (1:27:38), Huw Davies (1:34:41), Dylan Raymond (1:38:26), Joanne Bowes (1:39:23), Liz Davies (2:00:58), Meg Hollinger (2:25:18) and Andrea Brabrook (2:25:24), Nicola Broadbridge (2:30:52) and Saran Nicholas (2:46:35).

In addition, senior Llanelli club runners were also out in force with all the following completing the 13.1 mile course: Dai Keenan (1:18:52), Steven Williams (1:21:20), Nick Sheehan (1:22:45), Simon Rees (1:24:51), Martin Flear (1:28:38), Dan Totterdale (1:28:38), Jamie Stedman (1:31:41), Nick Venables (1:33:09), Dean Summers (1:37:31), Rob Campion (1:37:49), Paul Bunyan (1:43:11), Louise James (1:54:05), Leighton Webb (2:05:34), John Marson (2:06:27), Luigi Bonifacio (2:10:14), Suzanne Owens (2:10:46) and Emyr Evans (2:45:38).

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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