Llanelli Star - - ATHLETICS -

WELSH Ath­let­ics have named their team of 36 who will head to the Vir­gin Money Giv­ing Lon­don Mini Marathon races this week­end.

The Vir­gin Money Giv­ing Mini Lon­don Marathon takes place on Sun­day and is the of­fi­cial Bri­tish Ath­let­ics three-mile road cham­pi­onships for young ath­letes aged be­tween 11 and 17.

The race is open to entrants from the nine re­gions of Eng­land, Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land and Wales, and teams from all 33 Lon­don bor­oughs.

A new se­lec­tion was in place this year as each of the four re­gions in Wales held time-trial events in Jan­uary over 3000m. The win­ners from the South, East, West and

North were guar­an­teed a se­lec­tion spot, while the fi­nal two spots were de­cided on the fastest times across the un­der-13, un­der-15 and un­der-17 age groups.

A to­tal of five club ath­letes in the Dyfed dis­trict will join their Welsh team-mates for the trip along the M4. For two, they will look for­ward to pick­ing up their first Welsh vest and mak­ing their de­buts in the Eng­lish cap­i­tal. Three oth­ers are stand­ing by as re­serves.

The un­der-15 boys have plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in the team, which will in­clude Car­marthen Har­ri­ers duo Liam Ed­wards and Dafydd Jones along with the 2019 Welsh Cross Coun­try cham­pion, Llanelli AAC’s Adam Beer.

Iori Humphreys (Pem­brokeshire Har­ri­ers) has been named as one of the re­serves should a space arise. All four have been in fan­tas­tic form over the coun­try this win­ter and will aim to use the event ex­pe­ri­ence to their ad­van­tage.

It has been a great cross-coun­try sea­son for the Car­marthen Har­ri­ers’ un­der-13s in the Gwent League and two of the group will be on the coach to Lon­don. Zach Elvy and Jack Thomas both ran quick enough times in the time trials ear­lier this year to be se­lected.

Ffion Ouse­ley (Pem­brokeshire Har­ri­ers) and Frances Mackie (Car­marthen Har­ri­ers) are the first two re­serves in the un­der 13 girls’ cat­e­gory and will be ready should

they be called up to the team.

For the ma­jor­ity of the squad it will be an op­por­tu­nity to test them­selves against the best in Great Bri­tain & North­ern Ire­land.

The Lon­don Mini Marathon is over the last three miles of the main 26.2-mile course.

The route takes in one of the Lon­don Marathon’s most fa­mous stretches be­fore they run across the iconic finish line on the Mall, hav­ing started at Old Billings­gate.

In the team com­pe­ti­tion in 2018, Wales’s best-scor­ing team came from the un­der-17 boys, who came fourth. Other po­si­tions recorded in the other races in­cluded two sixths, two eighths and a ninth over­all.

Zach Elvy (left), Dafydd Jones (sec­ond left) and Jack Thomas (right) are among those heading to Lon­don, while Frank Mor­gan (sec­ond right) pro­duced one of Wales’s best in­di­vid­ual re­sults at the Schools In­ter­na­tional Ath­letic Board (SIAB) event last month.

Llanelli AAC’s Adam Beer, the Welsh Cross County cham­pion, is tak­ing part in the 2019 Lon­don Mini Marathon.

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