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James and Tom on form

Monday 18 November 2013

For Cardiff's James Thie and Tom Marshall (pictured together at the recent Welsh road mile championship), the weekend could hardly have gone better.

Competing as a master for the first time, James (35) was the first home in the 35-39 age group at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships held in Cardiff on Saturday, 16th November. Meanwhile, Tom, who is coached by James, was travelling to Leeds where, on Sunday, he set a new personal best time in the 10k at the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k, breaking the 30 minute barrier for the first time.

At the masters' cross country championships, James was in a sprint for the finish, just holding off two Engish athletes in a time of 24:20. In the same race, Cardiff's Nat Lane was 16th, helping Wales to second place in the team standings.

Cardiff stalwart Dic Evans contested the 65-69 age category, finishing in ninth place.

Other encouraging performances in Leeds came from track specialist Ieuan Thomas who continued his return from injury with a fine run of 30:45, Andy Hunt who is another who is returning from a long spell out of action with injury and ran 31:18, the fastest 10k he has run on the road for several years, and Mike Kallenberg in 31:39.