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09 December 2019

Cross Country Round Up

The European Cross Country Championships held in Lisbon, Portugal was televised live Sunday morning, by BBC. As usual GB teams won a host of team medals across the main 6 races, winning 5 team titles, and men and womens Relay race. 

In the Senior womens race Cardiff's Charlotte Arter was an excellent 7th with Jenny Nesbitt 29th. The women's team won the team race. Therefore, Charlotte and Jenny return with Gold medals.

The course was an extremely testing one on the side of a large hill overlooking Lisbon, watching it live, it looked like a Fell race, there was no course flat running, except, start and finishing straight. 

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Following the European Trials at Liverpool last Saturday, while knowing the race results, delayed web report until today. When the GB teams for the European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, on 8th December, was annouced in the media.

Cardiff's Charlotte Arter 2nd, Jenny Nesbitt 6th, were selected for the senior women's team. Charlotte appeared in GB team last year's event held in Netherlands. Jenny, this will be her first senior Euro Cross appearance. The course was muddy but did not stop races being run fast from start, with GB team places at stake. Charlotte and Jenny have shown out standing good racing form this Autumn, but they still have to produce that form in Trial race, to get selected.   Congratulations to both Ladies.  See below other Cardiff runners at Liverpool.

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This Saturday many athletes head to Liverpool to compete for places in Great Britain's U20 and Senior teams, for the 2019 European XCC held in Lisbon, Portugal on 8th December. WA's U20/U17 teams have been selected for Liverpool. Individual entries have been made for XChallenge 3.  

Last Saturday the Welsh Inter-Regions was combined with the Schools Regional Championships held in Brecon, over a tough hilly and muddy course. Watching the senior races, and U20 races, noted who was not competing, obviously with Liverpool Trials in mind. Cardiff's Mattie Edwards won the senior men's race by nearly a minute. The senior women's race was a comfortable win for Alaw Beynon-Thomas, who a week before won the senior women's Gwent League race at Pembrey over a mainly dry course. A week before Brecon. Welsh senior men and women teams took part in a low key race in Northern Ireland. It was held in pouring rain over a muddy course. On same weekend, Charlotte Arter and Jenny Nesbitt took part in an International XC race in Spain, against top class runners from Africa. Charlotte won the Liverpool Trials in 2018, and is favourite to win Trials again this Saturday. Jenny Nesbitt following an autumn season of good results, will be in contention to make GB team.    


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