All roads have led to Llandeilo, Neath, Swansea and Carmarthen in recent weeks for sporty primary and secondary school athletes in Dyfed and Afan Nedd Tawe, as the busy cross country season comes to its conclusion.
The true meaning of cross country was demonstrated at Parc Dinefwr, Llandeilo and Gnoll Park, Neath last month as more than 50 schools descended for their respective Dyfed & Afan Nedd Tawe secondary schools cross country championships, where they looked to impress the selectors ahead of the national championships in Brecon. The races were both for boys and girls in years 7 to 13 (February 13-14) with the S4C cameras in attendance at Llandeilo for the weeknight programme “Heno” which went out to viewers the following evening.
Elsewhere, it’s also been a busy few weeks for primary school children in the Dyfed and West Glamorgan areas with three final big events in the space of six days. In an event double-header on Thursday 15th March, competitors and spectators once again turned out in their numbers for the Dyfed primary schools cross country championships, organised by Hedydd Davies in its 31st year at Carmarthen.
A total of over 1,400 runners from 75 schools across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion competed in the annual event at the United Counties Showground in Nantyci. The first race saw a glimpse of the year 3 athletes who were competing for their school for the first time and went up the age groups to year 4 and year 5 before the year 6 pupils took to the course at the end, with over 200 finishers in several of the age groups.
A Carmarthen Harriers Athletics Club spokesman said: “The partnership between Carmarthen Harriers and Dyfed schools continue to grow and has already resulted in the club being awarded with the Welsh Athletics Partnership Award a number of times over the past few years, the recent coming for its work with McDonalds. It is great to see so many schools and children supporting the events, as was evident at last Thursday’s championships.”
Meanwhile on the same evening, around 150 of the top West Glamorgan cross country runners battled it out against each other at the Ashleigh Road Playing Fields in Swansea University.
The cross country season for schools came to an end on Wednesday evening last (21st March) where the top finishers were selected to represent their county in the annual West Glamorgan v Dyfed primary match, this year held on the same layout at Swansea University. A total of 45 athletes in school years 5 and 6 were involved, with both categories completing a course distance of 1360 metres. The teams from Dyfed took first places in the two genders with West Glamorgan in second.
The summer track and field season gets underway in a months’ time (April 25th) with a number of competitions coming up for the throwers, jumpers, sprinters and middle distance athletes in the region. These will include the Dyfed schools relays competition, Carmarthenshire primary schools athletics, Afan Nedd Tawe schools & colleges’ championships, Dyfed schools championships as well as a host of West Glamorgan primary school area league matches,
Event Reports, Full Results and Social Media coverage from the past and upcoming fixtures can be found on the Carmarthen Harriers and Swansea Harriers club websites.
Report & Images: Nathan Jones (Carmarthen Harriers)