THERE WAS a fantastic turn out for the 112th Welsh Cross Country Championships at Swansea’s Singleton Park on Saturday, and the new route in this beautiful setting made for a tough but good run for the athletes, with 46 Harriers members taking part with several making their debuts for the club.
The primary schools races kicked things off early in the morning where 200 runners took part. There was a bronze medal for the year 6 boys team, thanks to Frank Morgan (4th) Ioan Cressey-Rodgers (6th) and Finlay Hayes (24th).
Milly John, Emma Brazier and Jessica Lee finishing in 7th, 19th and 20th, which put the girls in 4th position. In the other races, Caryl-Haf Lloyd was 21st in the year 6 girls whilst Steffan Davies was 16th and Owain-Harri Davies was 23rd in the year 5 boys’ race.
The best team performance of the day from Carmarthen came in the first Welsh Championships race – Under 13 boys where there were 10 team members involved – more than any other Welsh club. With the everreliable runner Iwan Glynn missing this week through injury the team stepped up.
The A team of Deian Morgan (12th) Liam Edwards (13th) Jac Chapman (19th) and Gwion Owen (25th) secured a fantastic silver position behind Cardiff. They were followed in well by Bedwyr Thomas (27th) Steffan Turner (28th) Dafydd Jones (34th) and Morgan Batten (35th). Sion Evans in 44th and Leon Champion in 51st scored for the C team.
Daisy Thompson and Phoebe Davis continued their fantastic form across all competitions by finishing in 5th and 7th in the under 13 girls against athletes a year older. The team just missed out on a podium position as they finished 4th with the remainder being Maddie Morgan (36th) Clara James (37th) Gwawr Davies (44th) and Tanwen Moon (45th).
Ahead of the championships, Carmarthen’s under 15 boys would have started as one of the favourites for the title but unfortunately several of the top runners dealt a massive blow as they were forced to be out of action due to injuries.
Tomos Rees led the way in 15th and followed in by Gareth Thompson (29th) Callum Lovatt (35th) William Thompson (44th) and Caspar Farquhar (48th) for a decent finishing, with the boys coming in in 7th.
The under 15 girls and under 17/20 women had incomplete teams however there were strong runs from those who started. Non Morgan, Eva Edwards and Cerys Davies were 23rd, 36th and 37th whilst Ellie Kiff and Amber Howell were both 8th in their respective U17/20 age groups.
The under 17 and 20 boys both raced separately and both finished on a high note. Another podium place for Carmarthen came from the 4 under 20 men – who were looking to impress as selection for the Home Countries cross country international match in Scotland was made from this. Ashraf Liles in 6th led the team and just behind were Ryan Jenkins (8th) and Sion Lewis (12th). Dwayne Griffiths in 16th secured the team medals.
Identical to the U13G, the under 17 boys just missed out on team medals in the dreaded 4th, 2 points behind 3rd and the finishers were Morgan Llywelyn (14th) Thomas Jones (15th) Cellan Williams (22nd) and Ioan Thomas (28th).
In the senior age groups, there was a 10th position for Huw Davies in the male 45 category, and Gordon Orme was another clear and easy champion for the male 70 category.
Local Carmarthenshire runner, Dewi Griffiths was the clear victor in the senior men’s race, taking his fifth title and equalling Steve Jones’ achievement of five wins on the trot.
At Bute Park in Cardiff on the weekend it was the St David’s 1K, 5K and 10K Fun Races. Sharon Leech in the 10K was 2nd in her vet age group in 0.39.56 while in the 5K; Trystan Leech crossed the line 2nd youth in 0.19.11.
Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds
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.
Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event
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.”
Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets
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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