On a pleasant, warm and sunny evening in West Wales after a rather wet and windy weekend, the 30th annual event attracted an impressive number of just under 400 athletes and hundreds of spectators from Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion primary schools. These championships have grown every year since Hedydd Davies Carmarthen Harriers Chairman organised the first event twenty seven years ago in 1990.
The schools athletics season here in Dyfed continued with the annual Midweek Dyfed Champs in Carmarthen as approximately 45 schools from across the three areas attended. Once again the track was full, car park packed and food was quickly sold, with plenty of local talent out on show watched on by family and friends. The event programme included a series of 14 events in total and saw the championships go on until late with the presentations finishing just after 20:00, three hours after action had got underway. The 100m & 800m were certainly races that turned out to be popular with many heats having taken place.
The winners this year for 2017 was Ysgol Y Dderwen, the Carmarthenshire schools athletics champions last month, scoring 49 points and finishing off in style with both teams in the relay final. Ysgol Aberaeron were rewarded for their long journey down south with a second place finish (26). Not far behind were familiar top placing schools: Ysgol Iau Llangennech with 24, Griffith Jones (21) and Gymraeg Rhydaman (20) It was good to see a total of 30 schools scoring after good results that was produced during the evening from the young runners and field jumpers/throwers.
Special Guests were on hand to help with the presentation of awards to the top 3 in each event with a good crowd staying on as darkness fell to cheer the athletes who made it onto the podium. Presentations were made by the following: Cllr Irfan Jones Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council, Cllr Phil Grice Sheriff of Carmarthen, Raja the President of the Rotary club of Carmarthen and Lynette Harries President of Welsh Athletics who were all impressed with the turn out and the standard of the competition.
Dyfed schools host the annual primary schools match with West Glamorgan on Thursday 13th July in Carmarthen (5.15pm) and the team have been selected - the first three in the Dyfed championship along with 1 other to be chosen and notified soon.
Organisers would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to ensure that the Wednesday evening event was once again a high quality championship with great performances and team spirit - from the event officials to the ones behind the scenes including on refreshments, results and first aid.
Excellent effort by everybody and thanks for your support (parents, teachers, athletes) - well done / da iawn! The Harriers Website & Social Media Officer Nathan Jones also thanks all those who have got involved on social media during the evening and last few weeks.