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Dan's the man

Sunday 4 December 2016

Wearing his Cardiff vest for the first time, Dan Nash took an early lead in the senior men's race at yesterday's third round Gwent Cross Country League and held it to the end, holding off his Bristol rival in what he described as a tough race. Despite winning, Dan could not count in the Cardiff team score as his transfer from East Cornwall will not be through until 1st January.

The first counting senior Cardiff athlete was road and cross country captain Carwyn Jones in fifth place, followed by James Hunt (6th), Ciaran Lewis (8th) and James Thie (18th).

In perfect cross country conditions (cold and dry with only a slight wind), Cardiff's other winner was James Vincent in the under 17 men's race. James' tactics were to track the race leader before moving ahead in the last 600m and gain a convincing win.

In the senior ladies' race Lucy Marland held on to the race leader for most of the race before conceding victory and finishing in second place, with Carys Hughes in third. Emily Brown unfortunately had to pull out of the race after stumbling and twisting her ankle.

The leading Cardiff athletes in the other age groups were:

Under 11 boys: Tommy Bryant (34th)
Under 11 girls: Millie Gold (33rd)
Under 13 boys: Ben Macey (6th)
Under 13 girls: Fiona Bostock (3rd)
Under 15 boys: Iestyn Edwards (17th)
Under 15 girls: Megan Friedli (27th)
Under 17 women: Jessica Wadey
Under 20 men: Jac Smith 
Under 20 women: Bethan Evans

The full results will be available on the Gwent League website later in the week.

Cardiff numbers were down at Blaise Castle, many due to illness or injury. However, some athletes informed the team manager Mark Gold of their unavailability very late indeed (one even after names had been registered). Sometimes this is unavoidable but it is not fair to the team manager to leave notification so late so please inform him as soon as possible if you are not able to come. Please also remember that failure to turn up costs the club money as all entry fees for Cardiff athletes are paid for by Cardiff AAC.

Cross country is a great sport and excellent training so it is always better to come and have a go.