ON Saturday (Dec 8), Wales’ upcoming and established cross country runners took a break from club representation but instead, were on region duties.

The final championship event of the year before Christmas, saw the Welsh Athletics Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships head to a brand new venue in Mid Wales.

Staged for the 20th time, the Inter-Regionals arrived at Ysgol Gynradd Trefonnen/Trefonnen Primary School in Llandrindod Wells.

It returned in 2018 after a year out, due to adverse weather conditions which resulted in the cancellation at Brecon last December. Heavy rain and blustery showers, added on by a strong wind greeted athletes, coaches, officials and spectators on Saturday. As races progressed, the ground cut up easily and this made some parts atrocious.

The four regions from the West, East, South and North all travelled to the location on the outskirts of the town centre, as the year slowly draws to a close following another action-packed 12 months of competition & success. Teams of 15 were selected by each region with the categories starting at under 13 level and moving through the under 15, under 17 and under 20’s at younger ages.

The Senior Men, Senior Women, Master Men & Master Women’s races again attracted a large total, which comes as no surprise looking at John H Collins Gwent Cross Country League attendances so far this winter!

Almost 600 competitors wore the red, purple, white and green vests as age group distances varied from 1,240m for the primaries up to the senior men’s challenge of 9,940m.

The course was at the back adjacent to the Trefonnen Primary School and offered testing terrain around a looping and undulating route over agricultural land. There were three sections which consisted of a small lap, medium lap and large lap.

It also acted as trials for team selection for Welsh teams competing at two International fixtures in early 2019 – the Celtic Cross Country and Home Countries International in Belfast, Ireland.

As in previous years, the 12-event programme began at 11:00am with two primary school races for boys and girls. This was a great opportunity for those in year 5 and 6 to get involved in this high-quality event and get to see what they’ll be up against in years to come once they get to secondary school age. Twenty-eight took part either as an individual or as part of a team.

Every individual position counted across all twelve races as presentations were made to the first three individuals and the winning regional teams in all age groups (5 and 8 to score).

In the Senior Races, victories went to Cardiff AAC’s James Hunt in the men crossing in 33:54, whilst Alaw Beynon-Thomas, fresh from her win last Sunday in Tredegar, took the women’s title in 25:43 over a comfortable margin of 2 minutes. She was backed up by her West Wales teammate Helen Marshall who was runner-up.

West Wales Team Managers Hedydd Davies, Andrew Jenkins, Rob Campion, Brian Fox and Nathan Jones thank all those runners who made it to Llandrindod on Saturday to represent the region in these annual championships.

Carmarthen Harriers & Llanelli AC Results: Representing the West Wales Region…

Primary Schools Girls: 10 Amelie Campion (5:52)

Primary Schools Boys: 2 Alex Coles (4:33), 6 James Sloyan (4:52), 7 William Coles (4:55), 14 Emyr Macrae-Jones (5:38)

Under 13 Girls (2nd): 2 Frances Mackie (8:55), 14 Chloe Hale (9:19), 18 Erin Morgan (9:23), 26 Carys Wood (9:31), 29 Amy Greatrick (9:38)

Under 13 Boys (2nd): 3 Zach Elvy (8:11), 8 Jack Thomas (8:17), 15 Ifan Bowen (8:31), 16 Iwan Thomas (8:34), 21 Ellis Caddick (8:43), 23 Steffan Davies (8:43), 24 Jake Lynock (8:44), 28 Rogan Cox (8:47)

Under 15 Girls (4th): 26 Tanwen Moon (14:23), 39 Amy Tucker (16:07)

Under 15 Boys (1st): 1 Adam Beer (14:30), 3 Dafydd Jones (14:59), 12 Ioan Cressey-Rodgers (16:04), 31 Scott Price (17:18)

Under 17 Women: 9 Eva Edwards (18:30)

Under 17 Men (3rd): 23 Callum Campion (17:07), 25 Ieuan Griffiths (17:14), 33 Samuel Bird (17:46), 39 Lewis Jones (18:42)

Under 20 Women (3rd): 11 Ellie Kiff (22:01), 12 Carys Jones (22:05)

Under 20 Men (1st): 6 Ben Thomas (24:22), 14 Rhys Davies (26:50)

Senior & Master Women: 27 Wendy Price (30:33), 100 Kate Parker (36:34), 111 Lisa Forrest (39:03), 123 Jessica Davies (46:32), 125 Janet Webb (50:23)

Senior & Master Men: 82 Jason Price (43:03), 86 Matthew Phillips (43:20), 99 Peter Osborne (44:39), 128 Paul Lynock (47:36), 129 Ian Webb (48:16), 135 Dafydd Bowen (49:28), 138 Huw Davies (50:18), 141 Craig Hopkins (50:44), 145 Nick Venables (51:58), 148 Jonathan Cox (53:09), 151 Gordon Orme (54:04), 152 Paul Osborne (55:10)

Coverage and report: Nathan Jones

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