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International Cross Country Belfast Monday 11 November 2019

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On the 9th November in the Bobby Rea International XC Match held in Billy Neill Centre, Belfast Welsh runners had very good results with the men having 3 runners in the first 5 places. Cardiff's James Hunt 2nd 30.00 (4secs behind 1st place) Ieuan Thomas 3rd 30.05: and Ciaran Lewis 5th 30.50.

Mike Ward DNF due to turning an ankle in race, when with race leader, after first aid treatment with ankle strapped, he has muscle strain from turning ankle. As reported by Andy Ward.

Cardiff's Ladies also had very good results in their race, with Lucy Marland 4th 19.42: Clara Evans 7th 20.06: Laura Wright 20.25 9th.

Our runners didn't excape the poor weather in Ireland, as us in Wales, they had heavy rain in race, over a muddy course.   

International Cross Country Atapuerca Monday 11 November 2019

Cardiff's Charlotte Arter and Jenny Nesbitt represented Wales in this International XC permit meeting, that included top runners from Africa in both senior races, held in the mountains of Burgos, Northern Spain. Wales had no representive in senior men's race.

Charlotte finished 7th 26.29: was the first European finisher in race, and also improved on her performance in same race in 2018. Jenny Nesbitt 9th 27.18 was 3rd European finisher, also improved on her 2018 performance.

Charlotte and Jenny have had fine race results this Autumn season, that will give them confidence going into the European Cross Country Trials at Liverpool, held on Saturday 23rd November. There are GB places for U20M and U20W, Senior Men and Senior Women.

Liverpool is also UK XChallenge 3rd meeting, of the five race series, held during the 2019/2020 season.

SPAR European Championships Major Events Cross Country, held in Lisbon, Portugal, on Sunday 8th December 2019. 

International Cross Country Thursday 7 November 2019

Male and Female teams are representing Wales in an International XC event in Northern Ireland on Saturday. The Male team of 4 are all Cardiff runners.

Michael Ward, Ciaran Lewis, James Hunt, Ieuan Thomas.

In the Female team of 5 runners, Cardiff have 3 runners. 

Clara Evans, Lucy Marland, Laura Wright.

Congratulations to all, and good luck in races.

Unfortunately on same day Gwent L 2 takes at Pembrey Country Park, above selection will weaken Cardiff's senior men and female teams, after their good team results, in last months Gwent 1 at Llandaff Fields Cardiff. 

Richard Burton 10k Monday 4 November 2019

Yesterday the Richard Burton 10k took place in Cwmavon. The race was won by Jon Hopkins Swansea in 30.36. There was a close battle for the next 3 finishers, with Cardiff's James Hunt 2nd 31.45, Tom Marshall 3rd 31.52, and Matthew Ewards 4th 32.27. If their was a team race Cardiff's 3 in first 4 places secured team win. Good to see Tom Marshall getting back towards race fitness.  Cardiff's Lucy Marland was the first lady in race to finish in 36.43.

Comments made by the winner, said it was a tough course, not helped by the weekend bad weather. Noted that all runners above were over 1 minute down on their best times for 10k.

Apologies, missing Cardiff's Jake Smith excellant 10mile race performance 47.41 4th place, in a class field at the Simplyhealth Great South Run, held on 20th October.

Leeds 10k Monday 28 October 2019

Charlotte Arter in the form of her life won the womens race in Leeds yesterday. The race is one of the popular 10k road races in the North East of England. Charlotte reported the race always starts fast and got in with a group of men until 5k when she felt them slowing, so pushed on ahead looking for a fast time, checking her watch near finish, Charlotte pushed on again to win in 31.35.

Charlotte time is a new Welsh All Time record, 5th fastest time in Europe during 2019, and 5th fastest on All Time UK records.  

Charlotte led home the Welsh team in winning the team gold medals. Cardiff's Clara Evans 33.17, and Swansea's Sophie Harries  35.08 were other members of the selected Welsh team.   Cardiff's Lucy Marland finished in 34.27.    See men's results below.

Cardiff Runners on Road Friday 25 October 2019

On Sunday 20th October Cardiff's Jennifer Nesbitt finished 3rd in the Great South 10m Road race at Southsea. In a strong field of runners Jenny came home in 3rd place with a good time of 55.18secs. Think Jennifer's time may be a personal best performance. Well done Jennifer.

On same day following the result of the Flintshire (Mold) 10k road race. Cardiff's Lucy Marland won the ladies race in 35.44. The Flintshire race was the last race in the 2019 Welsh 10k Series, held in all corners of Wales. Five races were held and the best 4 results counted in deciding the winners of the Wales 10k Series.

Lucy Marland won Wales Womens 10k Series title. Cardiff's James Hunt won Wales Mens 10k Series title. Matthew Clowes 2nd.

Well done to all. See results below.

John H Collins Gwent League Cross Country 1 Tuesday 15 October 2019

First Gwent League took place in Cardiff at Llandaff Fields in conjunction with the first of 5 XChallenge meetings across UK. Photo shows start of senior men's race with over 600 XChallenge and Gwent League runners taking part. All the front finishers of the race, are already to front of the field of runners. Numbers taking part in all races were greater than a normal Gwent League meeting. How did Cardiff runners and teams perform in the first Gwent League meeting.

Novice Boys (130 finished). Team 8th. Novice Girls (136 finished). Team 3rd. Bryony Boyce 7th. U13B (105 finished). Kobe Beltran 6th. U13G (116 finished). Team 2nd, Iona Roderick 4th. U15B (97 finished). Team 1st. Osian Tyrrell 2nd. U15G     (74 finished). Team 3rd. Jessica Evans 3rd. Supporting Mark Gold at end of race tunnels, noted Osian waited to greet Cardiff U15 team supporting runners, a leaders example. See below rest of results.     

Cardiff XChallenge 2019 Monday 14 October 2019

The Cardiff XChallenge took place last Saturday at Llandaff Fields, with big fields in the senior races, and increased numbers taking part in the younger age groups. Photo by Paul Stillman, shows Charlotte Arter leading the field going into the last lap. Jenny Nesbitt is just behind Charlotte. Jenny finished 2nd at end of race. Charlotte was a clear winner moving away from a quality field of senior women runners, and a good confidence boost for the rest of her XC season. Jenny Nesbitt also an excellent performance. Except for one section of mud, the course was in good condition. Cardiff ladies team must have won the team race, with great backup from, see below. 

XChallenge Men Monday 14 October 2019

Mike Ward

In the senior men's XChallenge race Cardiff's Michael Ward finished 3rd, that followed a very good Leg in the ERRA's taking Cardiff team on 2nd Leg from 17th to 3rd place. Michael has spent 4 years in USA Uni. He had very good results on XC Indoors and on the track. He is now in Birmingham Uni on a 4 year course in Dentristy. Photo taken in XChallenge during race only shows Michael's head at back of leading groupof runners. Hence photo shows Michael at Brecon, with winners medal of Welsh Schools XCC. Race was 2 weeks before he gained a GB U20 vest in World XCC in Poland. In Trials Michael finished 6th, in World XCC Michael was 3rd GB counter. last Saturday Michael led home a strong senior Cardiff team. Ciaran Lewis who also is in a rich form of race results in ERRA's and was 5th on Saturday, with James Hunt 7th, Ieuan Thomas 8th, and Jack Eykebosch 28th.     

ERRA's 2019 Monday 7 October 2019

In the 1960's The Beatles were called the FAB 4, last week their last Album 30 years ago, sits on top of the Album charts.

Yesterday Cardiff Athletics Senior Women team, are our FAB 4 in winning the English RRA's Championships at Sutton Park, Birmingham. They won relay by 1min 58secs from 2nd place team. Getting team running order in relay races is important, the ladies got their running order spot on. A good start with only 4 runners in team is vital. Jennifer Nesbitt on Leg 1 (A), came home in 2nd place. Every leg had 10 fastest times shown. On leg 2 (B), Charlotte Arter home 1st running the fastest time of day. On Leg 3 (C), Lucy Marland came home 1st in second faster leg time. On Leg 4 (D), Clara Evans came home 1st with the fastest leg time. In photo you can see happy faces, despite they did not receive winninh team medals, yet Charlotte had the fastest time medal? Charlotte was not happy about that. See Ladies times, and senior men's team report below.       

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