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Cardiff juniors triumph

Sunday 11 April 2010

On a very sunny but windy day at the Llandow race circuit, Cardiff 's athletes dominated the junior age groups in the Welsh road relay championships earlier today. Pride of place goes to the under 13 boys', under 15 boys' and under 17 ladies' teams (pictured) for taking the gold medals.

The under 13 boys' B team took silver, as did the under 17 boys. Bronze medals went to the under 13 and under 17 (B) girls and under 15 (B) boys.

The under 13 boys A team was given a great start by Ciaran Lewis who took them into a big lead on the first leg, Ciaran's lead was increased by both Rhys Gooch and Tom Edmunds, with John Cove on the fourth leg producing an excellent run to win the fastest lap medal and bring the Cardiff team home with a lead of over 2 minutes.

The winnning under 13 team






The under 13 boys B team also produced some excellent runs from Joe Macpherson, Sam Curwen, Sam Gough and Kieran Harris
to take the silver medal.

The under 13 girls (Steph Lowe, Angharad Cole, Alice Broadley and Megan Tatnell) finished 3rd in their race with Megan Tatnell clocking the race's fastest leg.

The under 15 boys A team was given a great start by Mike Ward, and he handed over to Elliot Slade who increased the lead further by producing the fastest lap in the race. Elliot handed over to Jack Gooch who ran consistently to bring the A team home in first place for Cardiff's second gold medal on the day.

 The under 15 boys teams





The under 15 boys B team made up of Rory Heslop, Jacob Preece and Sam Macpherson all ran well to win the bronze medal.

The under 17 women's A team (Harriet Morris, Bethan Daw and Zoe Thomas) won their race and the B team (Lucy Harvey, Holly Morris and Claire Harwood) also had success in the form of the bronze medal.

The under 17 men's team was lead off by Darren Jones who put in a great run to hand over to Joe Whitmarsh-Knight. Joe kept their second place and passed over to Alex Coomber who produced a fast third leg which gave him the third fastest lap of the day.

It was great to see Cardiff AAC so well represented and getting medals in most of the races including John Cove, Elliot Slade and Megan Tatnell who got the fastest laps in their age groups.

The senior women's team (Bethan Strange, Gemma Leahy, Vicky Jackson and Victoria Barcello) took the silver medals with Victoria Barcello the award for the fastest leg. 

The senior men, looking forward to next weekend's national 12 stage championship in Birmingham, fielded two teams, the A team (Ieuan Thomas, Adam Bitchell, James Thie and Tom Marshall) taking silver and narrowly missing out on the gold to Swansea and the B team (Matthew Collins, Andrew Friend, Mike Kershaw and Ed Takata) coming fourth. 

Well Done Everyone who ran!