HARRIERS U13S RIGHT ON SONG
A RAINSOAKED Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar hosted the third fixture of the 2018-19 John Collins Gwent Cross Country League.
Almost 1,300 competitors of all ages from all corners of South Wales and the South West of England competed over a testing and muddy course in atrocious underfoot conditions.
After enjoying a relatively dry and mud-free course in Pembrey last month, it was a different story for those in attendance this time round.
The Carmarthen Harriers novice and under-13 boys and girls’ age groups continue to go from strength to strength as they dominate in the top three of the junior team rankings as the league approaches the halfway mark.
Individually, there were top 10 placings in each race for Macsen Toogood (novice boys), Alex Coles (novice boys), Martha Morgan (novice girls), Jack Thomas (under-13 boys), Ifan Bowen (under-13 boys), Frances Mackie (under-13 girls) and Frank Morgan (under-15 boys).
Adam Beer (under-15 boys), winner of the recent West Wales Regional Athletics Gerry Batty Award for most improved junior over the past year, won his third straight race to be on course for an individual title in March.
Elsewhere, the vests of Carmarthen and Llanelli were in abundance with all the following also taking part and scoring valuable points in their respective categories: Daniel Warrender, William Coles, Liam UptonBoorman, Jac Jones, Tristan Warrender, Harri James, William Davies, Jimmy Davies, Noa Prendiville, Steffan Davies, Iwan Thomas, Rogan Cox, Jake Lynock, Ellis Caddick, Cai Prendiville, Iwan Wilson, James Thomas, Scott Price, Archi Morgan, Callum Campion, Samuel Bird, EllieMay John, Jessica Norman, Esme Lynock, Ellie-Marie Jones, Lybbi Greatrick, Jemima Taylor, Mari Wilson, Amelie Campion, Chloe Hale, Erin Morgan, Amy Greatrick, Carys Wood, Faye Jones, Tanwen Moon and Amy Tucker.
And hundreds of senior and masters men and women took to the start line in the latter stages of the day’s programme in another bumper turnout.
Women’s finishing times: Wendy Price (33:14), Gordon Orme (37:17 M65), Kate Parker (38:20), Roxanne Turner (42:22), Lisa Forrest (42:54), Vanessa Buckler (43:10), Eric Davey (43:57 M65) and Jacky Lewis (49:44).
Men’s finishing times: Jason Price (48:57), Peter Osborne (50:41), Matthew Phillips (51:01), Jamie Best (51:39), Matthew Page (52:18), Mike Foster (53:47), Dan Totterdale (54:29), Nick Fox (55:36), Huw Davies (56:37), Paul Lynock (57:47), Craig Hopkins (62:05), Paul Osborne (63:37), Tahir Altimimi (66:54), Richard Wilkins (70:12), Dai Rees (74:09), Mike Halsall (80:00) and Andrew Stephens (87:48).
Following a break from the league in January to allow for a number of school and indoor competitions, the next destination in round four will be Pontypool Park in February before a grandstand finish at the season finale in Blaise Castle, Bristol.
On Saturday, March 2, athletes will hope to return home with end-ofseason individual and team medals to round off a successful league campaign.
Carmarthen’s Under-13 boys’ squad lead the way.
Third-placed Frances Mackie is the first of six under-13 girls’ scorers who lie second in the table.