International Competition at the Cardiff Cross Challenge

The Celtic Cross Country International took place within the British Athletics Cradiff Cross Challenge on Sunday.

The first race of the day was for U17 Women where Mia Roberts (Deeside AAC) claimed a bronze medal in the Celtic International and the race outright. Wales finished third behind winners Ireland and runners-up Scotland.

The U17 Men's race was similarly won by Ireland but with Wales in second this time, led by James Penrose (Cardiff Archers).

Cari Hughes (Menai Track & Field) has won in Cardiff twice in the last three years but this time finished third in an U2 Women's race won by Scotland's Anna MacFadyen (Forres). Her team were also third with Ireland taking another team victory.

The U20 Men's race saw last year's U17 Celtic Champion, Oliver Barberesi (Menai Track & Field) finishing sixth on his first attempt in the age-group. His Wales team finished third behind Ireland and Scotland respectively.

With the first four Celtic races having been won by Ireland, Scotland were able to upset the balance in the U23 races taking both victories. Kate Seary (cardiff AAC) was the first Wales scorer in the ladies edition in seventh place and James Hunt (Cardiff AAC) was first home in the Men's equivalent in fourth place.

Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) succesfully retained his Cardiff Cross Challenge title with clubmate Kristian Jones a comfortable second. This inevitably meant that Wales won the Senior International held against Ireland.

Griffiths spoke about his triumph saying ‘’I made an honest race of it early on and could see Kris going back slightly on the third lap so I had to just keep pushing. The distance (ahead) at the end probably flatters me.”

The visitors however were comfortable winners in the women's Senior match led by the Irish Champion, Shona Heaslip.

Dewi Griffiths scored another win in Cardiff

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