Results & Awards Round Up From Gnoll, Merthyr Tydfil x 2, Bath, Lugano, Eltham, Exeter, Dublin & Elsewhere

Sunday 17th March was the rearranged 5th and final round of the West Glamorgan Cross Country League held at Gnoll Country Park Estate. Despite clashes with other events we just about managed to field full teams. The Womens team have been in great form all of this season, and this form continued at the Gnoll over a multi terrain route with a fine 1st and 2nd at the front of the field. Helen Marshall won the race by almost two minutes ahead of teammate Gemma Seaman both having great runs; completing the scoring five were 7th  Rebecca Bennett; 19th  Jennie Mcadie and 39th  Sian Phillips. Many congratulations to all those that have represented the club over the five fixtures, they all did magnificently well! Final results are still not available or league tables, we believe they may well have held onto top place in the league with 3 finishers in the top 10, fingers and toes crossed!

 

In the Mens race our first runner home in 19th was Daniel Morgan; completing our top five were 24th  Gabrielius Stuokus; 28th Martyn Hughes-Dowdle; 48th Gair Mcadie and 66th  Heath Brett. Team wise the men are split over two teams, TNT & Masters, with one team likely to be relegated and the other only mid table, once the league tables are released .It may be worth considering the number and or composition of teams the club enter in the league next year?

 

Sunday 17th March were the San Dominico 10 and 20 mile road races held at Merthyr Tydfil, many runners use this as preparation for Aprils London Marathon. In the 10 miler Luke Davies placed 11th in (71.37) and 27thAngela Delaney (85.00); whilst over the 20 mile distance we had six runners with our top 2 Men and Women home as follows; 8thJohn Moran (2.11.45); 25thLuticia Thomas (2.24.38); 26thLlinos Jones (2.24.50) and 112thAndrew Downie (2.58.02). Very well done to everyone who ran from the club.

 

Sunday 17th March at the Bath Half Marathon, Phil Matthews had a great run for 12th in (69.26); Ifan Lloyd was 104th in (78.10) and Tom Bacon 3471st in (1.54.7) well done all.

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U20W Megan Stratton-Thomas made her debut over the 10km race walk distance in Lugano, Switzerland on Sunday 17th March and recorded a fantastic sub 1 hour time of (58.35), well done Megan! Megan was in action again at the Race Walking Association Inter-Area Match at Eltham on Saturday 23rd March, setting a new lifetime best of (27:18.9) for 6th in the 5000m. In the same race, U20W Shannon Thomas also set a lifetime best of (33:52.4) placing 19th, well done both! 

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Wednesday 13th March was the South West UK University outdoor varsity match held at windy Exeter. Highlights included overall top performer from the cub in each event as follows;

Men: Fynley Caudery (11.90) 100m (16.50) 110m Hurdles & (5.82m) Long Jump and David Migliorati N'Doua (53.71) 400m;

Women: Abigayle Goodrick-Latham (4.58.32) 1500m and Lucy Fligelstone (66.03) 400m Hurdles.

 

Wednesday 13th March were the Swansea City Council sports awards where our club president Barrie Owen deservedly won a lifetime achievement award, Barrie has been an active member of the club since it was founded in the 1960s, he is still an active coach and serves on our board of trustees. Jo Wood (Volunteer of the year) and Rhian Evans (Junior sportswoman) were also shortlisted and Eluned King won junior sports woman of the year award in cycling her focus sport. Very many congratulations to them all.

 

Saturday 24th March was the U15 & U17 British Schools Cross Country International V England V Scotland V Ireland held in Dublin. This year we had just the one representative from the club for Welsh Schools, with U17W Ashleigh Willis who had a great run to finish in 27th place over the 4000m race distance against the UKs best juniors.

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Saturday 2th March was the Merthyr Half Marathon where Rob Flaconer placed 187th (1.36.54) followed home by; 252ndMatt Hennah (1.40.37) and 703rdDamian Tyrell (1.54.41).

 

Meanwhile elsewhere……………. Alex Price has a great run to finish 6th over the Cardiff Trail Race Half Marathon in (78.09). Sarah Worley runs (89.27) for the half marathon at Brentwood and Lucy Tothill (1.41.20) but at Weston-Super-Mare.