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European Cross Country Trials

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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Last Sunday Cardiff's Jake Smith was 5th in the Paris Half Marathon, his time 62.02 is UK record for U23M. His time is also the 4th UK fastest time of Sir Mo Farah, Callum Hawkins, and Dewi Griffiths. Jake took 2mins off his previous best Half Marathon time.

Jake (James Thie) has had a breakthrough season with a series of improving results going back to last summer. He was 8th in the European U23 10,000m. Last month in the Great South Run 10ms he was 5th with 47.41 in a loaded field of GB runners. His 10m time gave notice that his Half Marathon time is no surprise. Well done Jake, who can look forward to future success in endurance running.  

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On the 9th November in the Bobby Rea International XC Match held in Billy Neill Centre, Belfast Welsh runners had very good results with the men having 3 runners in the first 5 places. Cardiff's James Hunt 2nd 30.00 (4secs behind 1st place) Ieuan Thomas 3rd 30.05: and Ciaran Lewis 5th 30.50.

Mike Ward DNF due to turning an ankle in race, when with race leader, after first aid treatment with ankle strapped, he has muscle strain from turning ankle. As reported by Andy Ward.

Cardiff's Ladies also had very good results in their race, with Lucy Marland 4th 19.42: Clara Evans 7th 20.06: Laura Wright 20.25 9th.

Our runners didn't excape the poor weather in Ireland, as us in Wales, they had heavy rain in race, over a muddy course.   


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