A record turnout of more than 3,000 runners, teachers and spectators attended the popular Dyfed Primary Schools cross country championships last Thursday evening (16th Mar) held at the United Counties Showground in Nantyci, Carmarthen. The dry weather helped boost the number in attendance, despite rain forecasted for the duration of the races.
In what was an exciting evening of cross country running, Dyfed primary schools turned out in their numbers for the end of season finale. now in its 30th annual year organised by Hedydd Davies Chairman of Carmarthen Harriers. Close to 1,500 runners from more than 75 schools in the district took part – passing the 2016 totals of 1,327. The races varied from the newer year 3’s trying cross country for the first time through to the more experienced year 6’s. Whatever their ability, the evening’s programme was open to everyone to get involved in running while enjoying the race day atmosphere supported from the side-lines by friends and family.
Number of Finishers: Year 3 Girls 153; Year 3 Boys 220; Year 4 Girls 205; Year 4 Boys 228; Year 5 Girls 162; Year 5 Boys 178; Year 6 Girls 159; Year 6 Boys 148
In the team competition (three to score) there were five different team winners: Griffith Jones and Y Dderwen both had one win each. Gelli Aur, Gymraeg Aberaeron and Iau Llangennech won two team races each, and as a result with no points difference - were the overall joint team winners and will share the trophy. In the inter county competition Carmarthenshire won six races and Pembrokeshire two.
The championships this year was sponsored by the West Wales Freemasons and McDonalds. Award of the 128 medals and trophies to the first ten in each race, first three teams and Winning County were presented by invited guests including the Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council, Mayor / Mayorees of Carmarthen and representatives from McDonalds and West Wales Freemasons, along with the Vice President of Welsh Athletics John Elward.
Year 3 Girls: 1 Ophehia Jenkins (Tavernspite) 2 Tirion Yate (Dewi Sant) 3 Beatrice Morgan (Llangadog) Year 3 Boys: 1 Steffan Thomas (Teilo Sant) 2 Dylan Owen (Ffairfach) 3 Logan Owen (Gwenllian)
Year 4 Girls: Kaitlyn Gwynne Jones (Aberaeron) 2 Mared Jones (Y Dderwen) 3 Casi Gregson (Carreg Hirfaen) Year 4 Boys: 1 Rowan Dickson (Hakin) 2 Cynyr McRae (Y Ddwylan) 3 William Harris (Hook)
Year 5 Girls: 1 Erin Morgan (Y Dderwen) 2 Seren Davies (Aberaeron) 3 Bessy Hill (Y Ddwylan) Year 5 Boys: 1 Ifan Bowen (Y Dderwen) 2 Iwan Thomas (Parc Y Tywyn) 3 Harry Billingham (Tavernspite)
Year 6 Girls: 1 Bethan Adams (Llangennech) 2 Lucy Wintle (Hafan Y Mor) 3 Keira Carmody (Model) Year 6 Boys: 1= Morgan Williams (Gelli Aur) 1= Rhys Jenkins (Aberaeron) 3 Jack Thomas (Johnstown)
This follows on from the Dyfed Secondary Schools cross country championships which was once again a great success and was the qualifier for Dyfed selection for the Welsh Schools Nationals last Saturday. On a perfect day for cross country running – showery, cool and a little muddy underfoot, over 250 runners from more than 25 secondary schools from across Brianne, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Llanelli made their way to the magnificent Parc Dinefwr in Llandeilo a few weeks ago. All four areas held their area events across venues including Haverfordwest, Pembrey, Llangrannog and Llandeilo at the start of February with over 1000 of runners in total, and the top 10 in each race were guaranteed to be on the start line for the big finale in Dinefwr. Schools from the four areas were all represented on the day and there was a good number of teachers and spectators present to support the young runners.
The park was the last Welsh hosts of the SIAB Schools & Home Counties Cross Country international 4 years ago, in 2013…there were some great races that day… and returning to West Wales and Margam Park this Saturday in 2017… it should provide the same fantastic facilities and competition between the countries.
A Carmarthen Harriers Athletics Club spokesman said “The partnership between Carmarthen Harriers and Dyfed schools continue to grow and has already resulted in Carmarthen Harriers being awarded with the Welsh Athletics Partnership Award a number of times over the past few years, including in 2016 for its work with McDonalds. It is great to see so many schools and children supporting the events arranged by the club in Dyfed and West Wales, as was evident with the large number of visitors at last Thursday’s championships.”
The upcoming summer months will see the Carmarthenshire & Dyfed track & field athletics championships come to Carmarthen during May & June with the venue being the Carmarthen Leisure Centre track in Johnstown. Competitions include the primary and secondary school’s championships, Dyfed secondary school’s relays & 800m evening & the Carmarthen throws open meetings, starting on April 27th