Results Round Up From Cardiff & Elsewhere

Saturday 13th October at a very windy but thankfully dry Cardiff saw round 1 of 5 in the John Collins Gwent Cross Country League incorporating round 1 of the British Cross Challenge series. There was a great turnout from the club despite the weather warnings in all age groups which was great to see, our thanks to all those members who turned out for their club and to the team managers and coaches for getting them there. In this league the first 5 seniors across the line score points for the A team and the first 4 juniors for their A team. All of our runners are of equal importance, as those coming home outside of the A team score for our B teams, and hopefully stop the opposition A team runners gaining so many points for their clubs, so everyone and every place counts!
From a league perspective our scoring athletes were:
U11B 17th Callum Jones, 48th Saul Otteson, 53rd Danny Thomas & 63rd Ethan Jones. The team are 9th in the league.
U11G having a great run for 2nd was Libby Hale, followed home by 12th Chloe Hartley-Green; 21st Chloe Lewis & 45th Lily Maloney. The team are doing well in a podium place in 3rd in the league.
U13B 28th Morgan Willis; 35th Mathew Lewis; 37th Padraig Pearlman & 40th Dafydd King. The team match the U11B with 9th place in the league.
U13G having a strong run for 9th was Mai Davies followed home by 32nd Kaitlyn Jones; 39th Sophie Hartley-Green & 75th Esme Barclay. The team are 8th in the league.
U15B were just one runner short of a full team with 20th Iwan White; 36th Miles Hill & 48th Aled Tumelty. The team are in 11th in the league.
U15G were as the U15B just one runner short of a full compliment with 15th Daisy Thompson; 30th Abbie Hall & 46th Rosie Meredith. The team are 10th in the league.
U17M had two runners well into the top 10, well done to 6th Nathan Jones and 7th Dafyd Jay who were well supported by 39th William Arnold & 56th Rhys Nicholas. The team are 5th in the league.
U17W there was a superb win for Ashleigh Willis who was followed across the line by 14th Darcie Bass & 16th Bronwen Stratton-Thomas. Like the U11G the team sit in the 3rd podium sport in the league table.
U20M just the one, but a good one with a fine win for Elliot Lawrence.
U20W no runners.
SM Phil Matthews had a great run for 2nd, completing our scoring 5 were; 41st Matthew Richards; 81st Eamonn Kirk; 82nd Alex Price & 117th Martin Hughes-Dowdle. The team are 7th in the league.
SW Helen Marshall was our first runner home having a great run for 7th; followed by 28th Jemima Osborn; 29th Abigayle Goodrick-Latham; 32nd Helen-Marie Davies & 41st Gemma Seaman. The team are our 3rd team in 3rd in the league!
In the British Cross Challenge series which was incorporated into all the races we had another 4 runners who all performed excellently against many of the UKs top cross country runners. SW Verity Ockenden placed 2nd; SW 17th Sian Edwards; U20W Cari Hughes 3rd and U20M Dominic Smith 10th, unfortunately their results won't count as part of our club team points in the league. At the time of posting we are awaiting the merged league and cross challnge results.
Meanwhile elsewhere………………….. SM Matthew Richards in his Marathon debut in Chicago, USA goes to the top of the club rankings to date for 2018 with a time of (2.31.20). SM Charles Walsh runs (2.55.19) also over the Marathon distance in York.