Wales competed in an Inter-Area Match at the Leeds Abbey Dash on Sunday. The event is popular with athletes looking for fast times due to its strong elite fields and a fast course.
Wales sent a Senior Men's team an U23 Development team and a Senior Ladies team to compete against the North of England, The Midlands and Combined Services who hosted the match.
The Welsh team featured more North Wales based athletes than have represented Wales on the roads for some years. The first Welsh man home was David Mountford (Liverpool) finishing agonisinggly close to the illusive thirty minute barrier and shaving nearly 50 seconds off his previous best in 30:04.
Andrew Davies (Maldwyn Harriers) was our next man home in 30:22 also recording a new best. Rob Samuel (Eryri) was Wales' third finisher in 30:56 just three weeks after victory in the Snowdonia Marathon.
Dave Mountford (pictured) was the first U23 athlete to finish at Leeds
Chris Carpanini (Newport Harriers) was the second U20 athlete to finish in a new best of 30:57. Mike Kallenberg (Cardiff AAC), Ricky Challinor (Liverpool) and Matthew Roberts (Eryri) all posted lifetime bests in 31:07, 31:12 and 31:30 respectively.
In the ladies race, Kate Roberts (Bridgend) revised her previous best set at the Great Manchester Run, finishing in 35:24 this time around. Sarah Livett (Menai) was the first U20 lady home, posting an impressive new best of 36:28.