STRONG FIELD BOOSTS FUNDS

Llanelli Star - - Sport -

RUN­NERS of all ages and abil­i­ties headed to the Cot­tage Inn near Llan­deilo on Fri­day for a brand new event.

The Cot­tage Inn Ju­nior Mile and 5k dis­tances raised money for Macmillan Cancer Sup­port. The course took run­ners on a loop around the coun­try lanes of the area.

The dry and sunny evening saw a to­tal of 136 fin­ish the 5k race, while 57 chil­dren got in­volved in the ju­nior one-mile race with a num­ber of par­ents and guardians run­ning along­side.

All of the fin­ish­ers col­lected their medals, while the first three boys and girls in the ju­niors as well as se­niors took part in a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony where tro­phies were handed out.

Clubs from Bre­con AC, Car­marthen Har­ri­ers, TROTS, Port Tal­bot Har­ri­ers, Llanelli AC, Am­man Val­ley Har­ri­ers, Neath Har­ri­ers and Sarn He­len were among the par­tic­i­pants with a num­ber of lo­cal chil­dren also in­volved.

There was a one-two fin­ish for the Car­marthen club in the ju­nior one­mile event, with Mac­sen Too­good and Jake Lynock record­ing times of 5:16 and 5:28.

Tak­ing third place be­hind them was Ys­gol Bro Dine­fwr’s Shaun Mor­gan in 6:06.

In the cor­re­spond­ing girls’ cat­e­gory, the Car­marthen­shire clubs again dom­i­nated. Llanelli AAC’s Amy Tucker was fourth over­all and as a re­sult crossed as the first girl in 6:12, just ahead of train­ing part­ners Martha Mor­gan (6:14) and Sof­fia-Mai Davies (6:19) from Car­marthen Har­ri­ers.

Esme Lynock (Car­marthen Har­ri­ers), Nel Davies (Maes y Gwen­draeth), Dafydd Davies (Ys­gol Llang­yn­nwr) and Beatrice Mor­gan (Ys­gol Llan­gadog) com­pleted the top 10.

Fol­low­ing on was the 5k race and the ti­tle headed back to Bre­con AC’s Phil Mor­ris, who fin­ished in 17:15 and took a 45-sec­ond win from Tom Sin­ton rep­re­sent­ing RTN (18:00).

Car­marthen’s Archi Mor­gan com­pleted the course in 18:15 to take third with the TROTS duo of Kevin Grif­fiths (18:23) and Aled Jones-Davies (18:31) next home.

The women’s age-group awards saw Am­man Val­ley Har­ri­ers’ Sioned How­ells claim first place in 19.22, fol­lowed by Car­marthen Har­ri­ers’ Wendy Price (19.31) and Cerys Davies (23.43).

Event or­gan­iser Clara Davies said: “We were ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the turnout for the first Cot­tage Inn 5k and Ju­nior Mile. There were nearly 200 run­ners be­tween the two races and we raised more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Sup­port.

“The con­di­tions were per­fect and the fast times achieved re­flected that. We were also thrilled that it was so well sup­ported by peo­ple from the lo­cal com­mu­nity and be­yond.

“Due to the suc­cess of the event as a whole, we will be stag­ing the races again next year in the hope that it will at­tract as many peo­ple again for such a wor­thy cause.

“I would like to ex­tend an ex­tra thank you to all the vol­un­teers who helped and en­sured the evening ran smoothly.”

Car­marthen Har­ri­ers Martha Mor­gan, Sof­fi­aMail Davies and Beatrice Mor­gan.

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