Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

FOL­LOW­ING a busy win­ter of cross coun­try and in­door ac­tion, the wind, rain and mud has been re­placed by the re­turn of the track and field ath­let­ics sum­mer cam­paign.

Car­marthen­shire ju­niors and se­niors have been tak­ing part in earl­y­sea­son com­pe­ti­tion in Haver­ford­west, Car­marthen and Swansea since the start of April and look for­ward to the busy sched­ule.

Among re­cent fix­tures were the Swansea Har­ri­ers Open meet­ing, the Car­marthen Open Throws meet­ing, Louise Arthur League, Red Kite Trail Run­ning and the UK Youth De­vel­op­ment League.

There were also fun runs and 10k races across South Wales over the bank hol­i­day week­end.

For throw­ers, the Car­marthen Open Throws se­ries or­gan­ised by Ralph Sig­gery be­gan in West Wales and wel­comed novice and ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes to the first evening. It takes place on the fi­nal Thurs­day of each month in April, May, June and July.

Javelin and dis­cus will be the dis­ci­plines for the next match on Thurs­day, May 30.

This afternoon, school ath­let­ics takes cen­tre stage when the 32nd run­ning of the Dyfed Pri­mary Schools Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships ar­rives in Car­marthen for pupils in Car­marthen­shire, Pem­brokeshire and Ceredi­gion.

Sponsored by Mc­Don­ald’s, these cham­pi­onships have grown year on year since Car­marthen Har­ri­ers pres­i­dent Dr Hedydd Davies or­gan­ised the first event back in 1990.

Ron Moun­sey from Mc­Don­ald’s said: “We are very pleased and proud to again be spon­sor­ing pri­mary schools ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tions staged in Dyfed this year. It is a priv­i­lege to see so many young chil­dren tak­ing part in sport.”

On Satur­day, May 25, Car­marthen Har­ri­ers host the sec­ond of four Louise Arthur League match in John­stown. The leisure cen­tre venue will wel­come more than 300 ath­letes at un­der-11, un­der-13 and un­der-15 level along with team man­agers, par­ents and of­fi­cials from Pem­brokeshire Har­ri­ers, Llanelli AC, Swansea Har­ri­ers, Neath Har­ri­ers, Brid­gend AC, Barry & Vale Har­ri­ers, Pon­ty­clun AC and Bre­con AC.

The pro­gramme begins on the field at 11am, with the track races get­ting un­der way a short time later.

Events con­tinue through­out the day un­til the sprint re­lays, which con­clude at 6pm.

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