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Cardiff leading the field

Wednesday 11 November 2015

On a perfect day for cross country, dry and cool and a little muddy underfoot, the second round of the Gwent Cross Country League was held in Cardiff's Llandaff Fields last Sunday, 8th November.

With more than a hundred and twenty Cardiff athletes taking part, it was great to see so many club vests on display. And with Cardiff athletes prominent in all the age groups, there are 10 team medals up for grabs, with the club leading in four categories.

Individual honours went to Jemima Robinson who won the under 11 girls' race and to Jessica Hegarty who took the under 20 women's event. Second places went to Ben Reynolds (under 13 boys), Carys Bill (under 15 girls), Megan Bowen (under 17 girls) and Ciaran Lewis (under 20 men).

Cardiff's other top finishers were:

Under 11 boys: Henry Spencer (8th).
Under 13 girls: Emily Chrighin (11th).
Under 15 boys: Morgan James (5th).
Under 17 boys: James Vincent (4th).
Senior Men: Matthew Edwards (6th).
Senior Women: Lucy Marland (8th).

Cardiff's team positions after two rounds are:

Under 11 boys: 1st, 17th & 41st
Under 11 girls: 8th & 24th
Under 13 boys: 2nd & 13th
Under 13 girls: 6th, 10th, 16th, 24th & 33rd
Under 15 boys: 3rd, 7th & 14th
Under 15 girls: 1st, 7th & 22nd
Under 17 boys: 2nd & 9th
Under 17 girls: 2nd, 9th & 16th
Under 20 men: 1st & 9th
Under 20 women: 1st
Senior men: 3rd, 25th & 86th
Senior women: 3rd, 28th & 74th

The athletes of the day, chosen by the team managers for their performances, were Jemima Robinson for her brilliant win and Ellis Finlayson for his excellent first time performance in a Cardiff vest, making it into the A team. Jemima and Ellis should see team manager Kay Chapman to collect their awards.

It was also great to see some of JensJoggers as well as other "more mature" runners taking part in Cardiff vests.

The full results can be seen here.

The third (of five) rounds takes place at the popular Blaise Castle, Bristol on 5th December and we need another strong turnout to push for individual and team medals in all age categories at the end of the season.