Llanelli Star - - Sport -

The John­stown Un­der-16s trio of (from left) Emily Thomas, Kate Searle and An­wen Thomas played for Swansea City Un­der-16s against South Glouces­ter at Penyrheol, with Swansea emerg­ing 5-2 win­ners. Emily cap­tained the Swansea side. DAWN Ken­wright of Sarn He­len Run­ning Club gained her 21st Welsh cross coun­try vest when she rep­re­sented Wales in the British and Irish Mas­ters In­ter­na­tional Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at Sin­gle­ton Park in Swansea.

This brought her to­tal of Welsh vests in fell run­ning, road and cross coun­try to 36, dat­ing back to 1988.

In her youth she was a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent but in her vet­eran years she has re­ally come into her own. In 2006 as a vet­eran 50+ she was ranked third-fastest fe­male in that class over 10 miles on the road, and that same year she ran the fourth-fastest marathon for her cat­e­gory in the UK.

More re­cently she has won some ma­jor ti­tles in the fe­male 60 class, with a first place in the well-at­tended Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon as well as first place in an even big­ger field, the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Run­ning strongly on the trails in 2018 she scored a hat-trick in the woods at Coed-y-Brenin, a quick­ly­grow­ing hub of pop­u­lar run­ning trails and races, where she placed first F60 in the Salomon Trail Half Marathon, 1st F60 in the Trail 10k Wales and first F60 in the Gol­drush 8.5.

An­other iconic event was staged, this time a half marathon held in the beau­ti­ful sea­side town of Conwy. Two of Sarn He­len’s mem­bers made their way up to Conwy to take part in the race’s 10th an­niver­sary.

Both Martin Darby and Ge­orge Eadon needed this event to com­plete their three cas­tles se­ries 2018 which in­cor­po­rates three half marathons in North Wales, start­ing with the Snow­do­nia race back in May, Ban­gor in Oc­to­ber and fin­ish­ing off with Conwy.

It was a beau­ti­ful crisp morn­ing in Conwy as the run­ners stood on the side of the quay in the shadow cast by the iconic cas­tle.

The route takes run­ners from the cas­tle, over the bridge to­wards Llan­dudno and an­other iconic land­mark, the Great Orme head­land.

For­tu­nately, the brisk east­erly wind was be­hind the run­ners as they climbed the Orme to the half­way mark be­fore de­scend­ing back down the other side.

Some 4,000 run­ners took part and the first to cross the line was Gwyn Owen (un­at­tached) in a time of 1:15:28. Not too far be­hind was Eadon, fly­ing the flag for Sarn He­len, com­plet­ing the scenic course in 1:30:41 (142nd over­all) and Darby in a very re­spectable 2:02:17 (1,662nd over­all), de­spite hav­ing done very lit­tle train­ing.

The sec­ond ever Royal Welsh Run was held along the paths and through the scenic grounds of the Na­tional Botanic Gar­dens of Wales.

Three events were held on the day, which led to a whole mass of run­ners of all abil­i­ties and stan­dards at­tend­ing.

Among the 119 peo­ple who took part in the 10k event was Sarn He­len’s David Thomas.

He placed 19th over­all in a time of 47:39 and won the su­per vet­eran male class.

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