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Weekend Round Up (Christmas & New Year)

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03/01/2023 00:00, In Blog /

Glynneath 5, 26 December

Ciaran Lewis (Les Croupiers RC) and Megan Carter-Davies (Swansea Harriers) won the historic Boxing Day race that starts and finishes in the village of Glynneath, in the Neath Valley.

Lewis overcame club mate and training partner Dylan Nazareth to finish in 25:01 with Nazareth coming second in 25:07 and Newport Harrier Harry Davies finishing third in 25:16.

Carter Davies finished in 28:03, over a minute ahead of second placed Lucy Marland (Les Croupiers RC) in 29:13 and third placed Elinor Mattey (Aman Valley Harriers) who crossed the line in 30:06.


Run Jump Throw, 29 December

A cohort of Welsh Athletes competed at the ‘Run Jump Throw’ event in Sheffield on Thursday 29 December.

Aron Tugwell of Cardiff Archers was second in the 60m in 7:01. Tiana Ogubesan (Cardiff Archers) stormed to a new P.B. of 8:57 to finish third in her 60m race. Nell Desir was third in her race in a time of 7:71, also running for Cardiff Archers. Ffion Mair Roberts (Cardiff Athletics) clocked 55:74 to claim second in her 400m race.

Angela Bryant (Welsh Masters) was third in her 200m race with a time of 33:02 and sixth in her 60m race in 9:85.


Nos Galan, 31 December

The Nos Galan Road Races hosted Wales & British Lions legend George North as their mystery runner as the race returned for the first time since 2019 following the pandemic.

A young trio of athletes from Cardiff Athletics dominated the men’s elite race with Lloyd Sheppard-Brown losing touch of the leaders on the final lap before surging past club mates Larry Ryan and Alex Jackson to take victory in 14:55. Ryan was the runner-up in 14:57 and Jackson finished third in 14:59.

Kate Drew of Taunton AC claimed a gun to tape victory in the women’s race with a time of 17:22 ahead of Parc Bryn Bach RC’s Lauren Cooper in 17:38 and Aberdare Valley AAC’s Caitlin Jones in 18:25.


New Year's Eve 10 Miler, 31 December

Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harrierr) enjoyed a solo run at the Llandeilo Winter 10 Miler on New Year’s Day with victory in 55:55. Ffion Williams of Port Talbot Harriers won the women’s race in 1:07:59.

Jake Lynock (Carmarthen Harriers) and Roanna Vickers (City of Portsmouth AC won the supporting 10k race in 36:27 and 39:03 respectively.


Old Father Time, 1 January

The Old Father Time 5 mile race takes place for Masters only on the Sunday following Christmas so this year happened on New Year’s Day. Master 50, Jon James of Wells City was a convincing winner in 26:55 ahead of Vaughn Edwards of host club Les Croupiers in 26:58 and Huw Evans of Parc Bryn Bach RC in 27:09.

The women’s race was won by W35 Louise Flynn (Les Croupiers RC) in 30:30. Mary Cormack (Clapham Chasers) was second in 31:53 with Cherry Fowler (Chepstow Harriers) third in 31:54.