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Easy wins for Cardiff

Sunday 5 November 2017

In the absence of Swansea teams to test them, there were no fireworks in Monmouth yesterday as Cardiff's senior men's and women's teams had comfortable victories in the Welsh cross country relay championships.

In the last but one event of the day, Clara Evans (pictured) got the senior ladies' team off to a good start and handed over to Heddwen Daniel who ran strongly to provide the final runner Kate Seary with a clear lead which she extended to over one minute by the time she had crossed the line, recording the fastest individual leg.

The final event was the senior men's four man championship and Tom Marshall made his intentions clear from the gun, going into an immediate lead that lengthened to around 200m by the time he handed over to Ciaran Lewis. Ciaran ran a steady leg and provided Sam Blake a big lead that final runner Jake Heyward extended even further, crossing the line over two minutes ahead of the second team. Tom's was the fastest individual leg, a mere 0.01 seconds faster than Jake's.

Ciaran, coming back to good form after a spell of illness, changed vests after completing his leg for Cardiff and then ran the fourth and final leg for his university, Cardiff Met, bringing them up from third to second place in the race. Has this ever been done before?

Cardiff's senior men's B team (James Vincent, Steve Morris, Jo Redman and Matthew Veran) finished third.

On a dry but cold and blustery day, with good conditions underfoot, the programme had started with the under 11 girls' team race and Cardiff was immediately in the medals, Alice Davies, Millie Gold and Mia Hall taking the bronze. Further bronze medals followed through the under 13 boys (Ellis Finlayson, Ben Farrell, Joe Joyce and Stanley Jones) and the under 17 boys (Rhys Morgan, James Gold and Iestyn Edwards).

   Under 13 boys team.

 Under 17 boys team.

Congratulations to all who took part.

The official results can be seen here.