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Welsh Championships: Harriers performed admirably at the event

Welsh Championships: Harriers performed admirably at the event

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.

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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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