Results Round Up From Glasgow, Milton Keynes, SPAIN and Brecon

Glasgow Welsh Masters Internationals
Saturday 12th November was the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International at Glasgow. The club currently has a rich vein of masters endurance athletes at this time as is reflected in the number of Swansea Harriers who made the team. In the womens 6km we had 4 internationals; Helen Marshall was first home in 53rd in 18th V35; Helen Marie Davies was 73rd overall and 14th V40; Penny Kennedy was 132nd and 18th V50 and Sian Phillips 159th and 19th V55. Whilst in the mens 8km for V35 to V45, former club member and Commonwealth Games steeplechaser Donald Naylor was 11th overall and 1st V45; Eamonn Kirk was 61st and 18th V45; Paul Flynn 83rd and 28th V45 and Jos Jones 88th and 30th V35. In the mens V50+ 8km Thomas Guest placed 49th overall and 27th V50 and Kneath Philippart 57th and 18th V55. In addition there was an open womens 6km where Diane Brownhill finished in 8th overall and 1st V40. Very well done to them all to have to have 12 masters internationals from one club is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of all the great work that goes on every Tuesday and Thursday with the seniors endurance groups. Click here for the full results.
 
Saturday 12th November was the first fixture of the British Athletics Cross Challenge held at Milton Keynes where many of the UKs top cross country runners were in action across all age groups. Amongst these 5 Swansea Harriers were in action; in the mens 9.5km Jonathan Tobin finished in 31st and Jack Gooch in 34th. In the combined U17M & U20M 5.9km Dominic Smith was 14th overall but ran excellently for 3rd U17M and just behind him was Elliot Lawrence in 23rd and 7th U17M. Nathan Jones had a great run to finish 9th in the U15B our highest placed athlete of the day. Very well done to them all, click here for the full results.
 
Sunday 13th November was the Cross International in Atapuerca, SPAIN, this was a world class field of international athletes as you can see from the results, and it was most pleasing to see 3 Swansea Harriers representing Wales. Elinor Kirk had the performance of the day over the womens 8km distance to finish in 9th place, and in the mens 9km Dewi Griffiths had a great run for 14th with Jonathan Hopkins following him home in 68th. Very many congratulations to all 3, click here for the full results.
 
Sunday 13th November was the 2nd league match for all age groups in the cross country league at Brecon, as you can see from the race reports above with so many talented athletes unavailable due to other events our teams were not at full strength, nevertheless the club has great strength in depth and there were still many great team and individual results. Many thanks to all those who ran and the team managers for coordinating them all. With our first 5 seniors and first 4 juniors to cross the line as scorers for the A teams, here’s how they all got on:
 
Senior Men: Marc Hobbs had a great run for 4th, following him home were 8th Angus Maclean; 13th Phil Matthews; 35th Matthew Richards and 62nd Matthew Gurmin. The team are well placed in 2nd in the league.
 
Senior Women: Alaw Beynon-Thomas had an incredible run to finish in 1st place!!! Alaw was followed across the line by Bethan Maclean who is yet to join the club, but we are working on it so wont score any points this time! And Victoria Jackson was 16th, with only the two scoring athletes the team remain routed to the bottom of the league table, despite disappointingly their points from the first match still missing.
 
U17M: First home was Chris Packham in 12th , followed across the line by Sam Martin in 14th and brand new member Martin Powell in 18th, the team are doing well in 4th in the league just outside of the medals.
 
U17W: at the time of typing the team scores are visible with the team placed 9th in the league, the individual results are missing.
 
U15B: all on his own was William Arnold placing 40th, the team are down in 11th place in the league.
 
U15G: once again were the stars of the show with our 4 scorers being 4th Caitlin Gwyther, 5th Mollie Jones, 12th Darcie Bass and 20th Rebecca Martin, the team have extended their lead at the top of the division too.
 
U13B: Iwan White was first home in 14th with the remaining three scorers being; 26th Elliot Harris; 47th Ben Sullivan and 55th Joseph Beresford. The team are 8th in the league.
 
U13G: Tiffany Rees was 4th and 56th Elin Murphy, 64th Abbie Hall & 71st Freya Morgan, as for the U13B the team are also 8th in the league.
 
U11B: Had just the three competitors but all three ran really well, first home was Dafydd King in 15th, 56th Christian Stones and 106th Ben Fenwick, the team are 10th in the league.
 
U11G: Were out in force so much so we even fielded an E team! The scorers for the A team were 22nd Mai Davies, 39th Melissa Davies, 41st Eleri Reed and 47th Caitlin Evans, this takes the team to 6th in the league.
 
Once again many thanks to all those runners at Brecon who supported the club and to all the team managers for their efforts, click here for the full individual and teams league tables and results.