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Inter Counties Cross Country

Saturday 12 March 2016

Several Cardiff athletes challenged the best in Britain today at the UK Inter Counties championships in Birmingham.

On a fine day with little wind and on a course that was a mixture of dry surfaces and mud, and included a testing uphill stretch, to come in the first hundred was pretty good, to come in the first fifty very good and in the first twenty excellent.

Ciaran Lewis set the standard in the first race of the day, finishing tenth in the under 20 men's race; and Carys Bill matched that in the under 13 girls' race, both producing outstanding runs.

In the under 13 boys' race, after Ben Reynolds was forced to withdraw through illness, brother Jacob kept the family flag flying with a very good 25th place. In the under 17 men's race, the start having been delayed because of a medical emergency on the course, James Vincent ran a very steady race to finish in 18th place while Morgan James was 48th in the under 15 boys' race and Megan Bowen was 54th in the under 17 women's race.

Abi Fisher, running for East Wales was a few places behind Carys Bill in the under 13 girls' race in 13th.

This championship is a big step up from the Welsh championships and Gwent Leagues, in both the qualities and sizes of the fields, but it is important experience especially for the younger athletes to test themselves against the best.