Results Round Up From Pembrey, Milton Keynes, Kenfig, Burgos & Swansea

We have lots and lots of results to catch up on.......................

Saturday 10th November saw round 2 of 5 in the John Collins Gwent Cross Country League held at wet and windy Pembrey Country Park where there was a great turnout from the club in most age categories. In this league our top 5 seniors and top 4 juniors home score points for the A teams, and the rest for our B/C teams, as well as preventing the other teams from accumulating so many points, therefore everyone makes a huge difference to the team placings. The races also incorporated the West Wales Cross Country Championships, with the top 12 West Wales eligible athletes across the line in races from U13 to masters guaranteeing themselves selection for the West Wales team at the Welsh Inter regional championships held at Llandridnod Wells on Saturday 8th December. Our thanks to all the team managers and athletes old and new, who represented their club, there were lots of new faces especially in the junior age groups. Highlights included plenty of West Wales medal winning performances and scoring for our A teams too from;
U11G: had 29, yes that’s 29 finishers! Our biggest ever turnout? Our A team were, having a great win in 1st Libby Hale and West Wales GOLD; 6th Chloe Hartley-Green and West Wales SILVER; 7th Chloe Lewis and making it a clean sweep of the West Wales medals for BRONZE! In 39th Isabelle Richards was our fourth scorer, what a team who are now doing amazingly well in 2nd in the league.
U11B: an equally impressive turnout of 19 runners! With our A team being 16th Oliver Patterson; 35th Finn McIntyre; 45th Malachi Williams and 46th Saul Otteson. The team are now 12th in the league.
U13G: Mai Davies had agreat run for 6th and West Wales SILVER; well supported by 32nd Sophie Hartley-Green; 34th Kaitlyn Jones and 46th Carys Lewis-Hopkins. The team are 7th in the league.
U13B: our scoring four were 18th Morgan Willis; 19th Mathew Lewis; 35th Dafydd King and 37th Padriag Pearlman, the team are currently placed TBC in the league.
U15G: were just one runner short of a full team but had yet another clean sweep of the WW medals with 12th Daisy Thompson WW GOLD; 16th Ella Davies WW SILVER; 25th Abbie Hall WW BRONZE, they are now placed 7th in the league.
U15B: were just one runner short of a full team with 17th Iwan White; 26th Miles Hill and 40th Aled Tumelty, the team are 9th in the league.
U17&U20W: after warming the U11G team up they then matched them with another clean sweep of the West Wales medals; 7th Bronwen Stratton-Thomas WW GOLD; 9th Beth Thomas WW SILVER; 13th Darcie Bass WW BRONZE with our fourth scorer being 27th Mirain Lloyd. The team are matching the U11G placed 2nd in the league.
U17&U20M: No runners.
SW: It was a fine win for Sian Edwards just 15 seconds behind in 2nd was Alaw Beynon-Thomas also winning West Wales GOLD; 11th Helen Marshall also winning West Wales SILVER; 13th Rachel Davies and West Wales BRONZE and 22nd Jemima Osborn. This was our fourth clean sweep of West Wales medlas of the day!! The team are going great guns closing the gap on Bristol in 2nd in the league.
SM: Phil Matthews was first home in 3rd, followed by 10th Conor Smith both having great runs for top 10 placings, 13th Paul Tobin who also won West Wales GOLD; 105th Thomas Guest and 106th Charles Walsh. The team are mid table in 7th in the league.
Click here for the full team and individual results. (At the time of posting league tables for juniors are still unknown).
Saturday 10th November saw round 2 of 5 in the British Cross Challenge series held in Milton Keynes. It was great to see two of our members test themselves against many of the best cross country runners in the UK where Nathan Jones placed a great 35th in the combined U17&U20 race and SW Verity Ockenden had a superb run placing 5th over 5.6km. Well done both!
Sunday 11th November saw round 2 of 5 of the Seniors West Glamorgan Cross Country League held at Kenfig Nature Reserve. It was unfortunate to see 2 key league matches scheduled on the same weekend for our seniors, nevertheless the teams performed admirably despite the added pressure of resources being spread thinly with some athletes even doubling up. In dry and fine conditions our first five men and women home scoring for the club were as follows:
Men: John Moran was first home with a strong run for 9th; just 2 places behind in 11th was Craig Jones; next was 15th Wayne Bowen; 17th Charles Walsh and 18th Thomas Guest, the team have slipped down in the league table to 3rd.
Women: having a great win was Helen Marshall despite racing in Pembrey too; joining her in an equally impressive podium position was Helen-Marie Davies; Rebecca Bennett placed a great 4th; with 30th Christine Webb and 34th Sian Phillips. The team are doing amazingly well at the top of the league table, however this is by only 1 league point!
Our thanks to everyone who ran for the club especially those who did the double. Click here for the full results.
Sunday 11th November saw 3 of our top cross country athletes taken by Welsh Athletics to the Cross de Atapuerco cross country meeting in Burgos, Spain. The international meeting provides an excellent opportunity for Wales' athletes to experience high calibre competition ahead of the European Cross Country Trials in Liverpool on 24th November where we had U20M Dominic Smith & Elliot Lawrence crossed the line together in 29th & 30th respectively and Ashleigh Willis our highest placed runner in 10th in the U17/20W race, well done all!
Saturday the 17th November Swansea hosted the 31st running of the British and Irish Masters International Cross-country Championships.  The championships takes place annually for selected male and female athletes over 35 years old and up to 75 years old. 
Not only were we blessed with beautiful weather, we also had some of the best underfoot conditions Singleton Park has provided for many years.  The course was a challenging 2000m lap completed 3 times by women and over 65 men competitors, and, four laps for all other age groups. 
This year Swansea Harriers had 8 masters selected to run for Wales in various age categories. The racing was very competitive in all age groups. In the first race of the day Wales got off to a flying start with Alan Davies of Llanelli AC (formerly with Swansea H) winning the over 65 category, beating the doyen of masters athletics, Nigel Gates of England.  The Welsh team took the silver medals. In the women's race Helen Marshall was the leading Welsh runner finishing in 9th place. with Llinos Jones finishing in 17th place.  In the over 40 women's race Helen-Marie Davies finished in 18th place. 
In the over 50 category Martyn Hughes-Dowdle, running his first international, finished in 29th place. After recent injury problems Ifan Lloyd still finished a creditable 9th place in the over 55 race. Kneath Philippart ran in the over 60's category and finished as leading Welsh scorer in 11th place - a very good result given all the long-term injury problems. 
The last representative race of the day was for men over 35, 40 and 45. The over 35 race was one of the most exciting races with our own Phil Matthews taking individual SILVER medal.  In the over 45's race Eamonn Kirk and Thomas Guest finished 28th and 29th respectively. In the Open Race the top three Swansea finishers were:-  6.Charles Walsh,  7.Wayne Bowen and 10.Daniel Otteson.
Many thanks to all those who helped on the week-end marking out the course, marshalling and clearing away. It was a great Swansea Harriers team effort.
Report By Brian Fox  - Clerk of the Course. Click here for the full results.
Results Round Up next time to include Sospan Multi Terrain, Welsh Inter Schools Cross Country Championships & More.