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Good start in Gwent League

Tuesday 11 October 2011

There was a good turnout of Cardiff athletes in the first of the season's Gwent Cross Country League, held on Sunday last, 9th October, at Bridgend. In generally dry but drizzly and muddy conditions, Cardiff vests were to the fore in all the races, with former club captain Debbie Rees taking second place in the senior ladies' race. Charlotte Artur, wearing her UWIC vest, was third and it was good to see Gwenno Brown (representing Bristol University) seventh. In the senior men's race, Andrew Hunt (pictured) was the first Cardiff athlete to finish, in fifth place, with Alex Hains close behind in eighth. Joe Thomas, making a rare foray over the country, was 23rd.

After the first round, the senior men's team scores see Swansea in the lead with 1,641 points and Cardiff in second with 1,565. Close behind in third place is UWIC, with several of their runners Cardiff members also. Swansea's lead would be under severe threat if these runners had been wearing their Cardiff vests but we fully respect the fact that first priority goes to UWIC. Cardiff's senior ladies' team is in third place with 772 points.

More than 60 junior Cardiff athletes made the journey to Bridgend it was good to see so many Cardiff vests to the fore. There were four winners out of the eight junior age group races with many other high placings. The top athletes were:

Lucy Dennis - 1st in the Novice Girls' race.
Sophia Vella - 4th in the Novice Girls' race.
Seren Allin - 1st in the Under 13 Girls' race.
Rosa Yates - 3rd in the Under 15 Girls' race.
Kate Seary - 4th in the Under 15 Girls' race.
Jake Heyward - 1st in the Under 13 Boys' race..
John Cove - 1st in the Under 15 Boys' race.
Ciaran Lewis - 2nd in the Under 15 Boys' race.

There were many  other excellent individual performances by Cardiff athletes producing some great team performances. Well done to everyone that competed.

The results can be viewed on the Gwent League website. Click on RESULTS.