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15 October 2019

John H Collins Gwent League Cross Country 1

First Gwent League took place in Cardiff at Llandaff Fields in conjunction with the first of 5 XChallenge meetings across UK. Photo shows start of senior men's race with over 600 XChallenge and Gwent League runners taking part. All the front finishers of the race, are already to front of the field of runners. Numbers taking part in all races were greater than a normal Gwent League meeting. How did Cardiff runners and teams perform in the first Gwent League meeting.

Novice Boys (130 finished). Team 8th. Novice Girls (136 finished). Team 3rd. Bryony Boyce 7th. U13B (105 finished). Kobe Beltran 6th. U13G (116 finished). Team 2nd, Iona Roderick 4th. U15B (97 finished). Team 1st. Osian Tyrrell 2nd. U15G     (74 finished). Team 3rd. Jessica Evans 3rd. Supporting Mark Gold at end of race tunnels, noted Osian waited to greet Cardiff U15 team supporting runners, a leaders example. See below rest of results.     

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14 October 2019

The Cardiff XChallenge took place last Saturday at Llandaff Fields, with big fields in the senior races, and increased numbers taking part in the younger age groups. Photo by Paul Stillman, shows Charlotte Arter leading the field going into the last lap. Jenny Nesbitt is just behind Charlotte. Jenny finished 2nd at end of race. Charlotte was a clear winner moving away from a quality field of senior women runners, and a good confidence boost for the rest of her XC season. Jenny Nesbitt also an excellent performance. Except for one section of mud, the course was in good condition. Cardiff ladies team must have won the team race, with great backup from, see below. 

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14 October 2019
Mike Ward

In the senior men's XChallenge race Cardiff's Michael Ward finished 3rd, that followed a very good Leg in the ERRA's taking Cardiff team on 2nd Leg from 17th to 3rd place. Michael has spent 4 years in USA Uni. He had very good results on XC Indoors and on the track. He is now in Birmingham Uni on a 4 year course in Dentristy. Photo taken in XChallenge during race only shows Michael's head at back of leading groupof runners. Hence photo shows Michael at Brecon, with winners medal of Welsh Schools XCC. Race was 2 weeks before he gained a GB U20 vest in World XCC in Poland. In Trials Michael finished 6th, in World XCC Michael was 3rd GB counter. last Saturday Michael led home a strong senior Cardiff team. Ciaran Lewis who also is in a rich form of race results in ERRA's and was 5th on Saturday, with James Hunt 7th, Ieuan Thomas 8th, and Jack Eykebosch 28th.     

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