Llanelli Star - - ATHLETICS/GOLF -

JULY was a busy month for Sarn Helen Run­ning Club, which held the sixth (out of eight) of its own an­nual club races and whose mem­bers trav­elled far and wide to com­pete.

July 23 saw the start of the an­nual Pop­pit Sands se­ries, set on the beau­ti­ful sands of north Pem­brokeshire in St Dog­maels. This is a se­ries of three 5k multi-ter­rain runs for the se­niors, on beach and road, plus a beach run of just over one mile for the ju­niors.

This was a Sarn Helen fam­ily event for the Ri­verses, with par­ents Eleri and Mark com­pet­ing in the se­niors and brothers Harri and St­ef­fan com­pet­ing in the ju­niors.

Out of a field of 82 run­ners, se­nior re­sults were as fol­lows: Mark Rivers (M40) 00:19:58; Ir­fon Thomas (OM) 00:20:15; Johnathan Price ( YTM) 00:20:29; Mitchell Read­win ( OM) 00:24:42; Eleri Rivers (F45) 00:25:14; Liz Pugh (F45) 00:27:58; and Sian Bela Jenk­ins (OF) 00:30:17.

Sarn Helen ju­niors com­peted in a field of 97 run­ners: Harri Rivers (age 12, B13) 00:10:30; Jac Rees (age 10, B10) 00:12:39; and St­ef­fan Rivers (age 9, B10) 00:13:32.

Meiri­onydd Run­ning Club’s Dol­gel­lau 5-mile road race took place on July 27. The course is un­du­lat­ing with a height gain of 600 me­tres and com­bines foot and cy­cle paths and roads. Sarn Helen’s Caryl Davies took on this challengin­g course and achieved a fan­tas­tic time of 00:34:57 in the F31 cat­e­gory, fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all.

An­other warm and sunny day with a light breeze greeted the run­ners tak­ing part in the pop­u­lar an­nual Ten­ovus 5k fundraiser.

Par­tic­i­pants hailed from a wide area and wel­comed mem­bers of the Lam­peter Couch to 5k Group.

In the se­nior event a new course record was set by David Jones of Car­marthen Har­ri­ers, who com­pleted the route of three laps of the town at high speed in a time of 00:16:45. The event raised £315.30.

First places for the girls’ and boys’ ju­niors went to Sarn Helen mem­bers To­mos Green and Eva Davies, both fa­mil­iar faces in run­ning events who con­tinue to achieve great times.

In the se­nior event Sarn Helen recorded the fol­low­ing re­sults: Mark Rivers (1st M40), 00:18:37; George Eadon (2nd OM), 00:18:47; Ir­fon Thomas (3rd OM), 00:18:59; Car­wyn Davies (2nd M40) 00:19:05; St­ef­fan Thomas 00:19:50; Dee Jolly (1st OF), 00:20:34; Jack Caulkett (1st M18), 00:20:46; Eleri Rivers (1st F45) 00:22:20; Ni­cola Williams, (2nd OF), 00:22:28; Owen Davies (3rd M18), 00:24:05; Dawn Ken­wright (1st F55), 00:24:19; Joanna Rosiak (1st F35) 00:24:38; Harri Rivers (M18), 00:25:06; Vi­o­let Caulkett (1st F18) 00:25:50; Elisha Jones (OF), 00:26:11; Sian Bela Jenk­ins (OF), 00:26:12; Ni­cola Davies (OF), 00:27:52; and Emma Gray (F35) 00:41:19.

The Cider Frolic, held in Bland­ford Fo­rum, Dorset, on July 27-28 is one of a num­ber of pop­u­lar events or­gan­ised by White Star Run­ning, tak­ing in the beau­ti­ful scenery of the county.

This race is a timed multi-lap event for so­los, pairs and threes and teams of fours, with each lap mea­sur­ing 6km. Par­tic­i­pants can com­plete as many laps as they are able within a 12hour pe­riod.

The day was very hot and sunny, and Helen Wil­loughby and Emma Gray took part in this feat of en­durance, with Helen com­plet­ing 14 laps (52.4 miles) and achiev­ing third solo fe­male. Emma com­pleted 11 laps (42 miles) in 12 hours.

The Sarn Helen run­ners who took part in the first of the an­nual Pop­pit Sands se­ries in St Dog­maels.

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