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Saturday 18 February 2012

Cardiff athletes had plenty to celebrate at the Welsh Cross Country Championships held at St Fagans, Cardiff today, with four team championships and four individual titles. Jake Heyward (pictured) continued his domination of the under 13 boys' age group with a convincing win by 22 seconds from the second placer. Rebecca Evans took the under 17 women's title, Gwenno Brown the under 23 women's and Jorge Thomas was the first senior man home but had to be content with the silver medal as Dewi Griffiths (under 23) was actually the first in the combined race. Meanwhile, in Birmingham, Joe Thomas smashed his indoor personal best once again to take fourth place in a world class international 800m race and move to seventh in the latest world rankings with 1:46.35, a new Welsh record.

The conditions at St Fagans were difficult with a wet and muddy course and a blustery wind but Cardiff took team titles in the under 13 boys, under 15 girls, under 15 boys and under 17 men. Team silver medals went to the under 13 girls and under 15 girls and a bronze medal went to the under 15 boys.

The winning team members were as follows:

Under 13 Boys (Gold):  Jake Heyward (1st);  Aeron Evans (6th);  Evan Williams (9th);  Joseph Adler (15th).

Under 13 Girls (Silver):  Seren Allin (2nd);  Emma Ligthart (16th);  Emily Griffin (18th);  Amber Harding (19th).

Under 15 Girls (Gold):  Ellie Atkinson (2nd);  Rosa Yates (7th);  Betsan Jenkins (9th);  Megan Tatnell (10th).
Under 15 Girls (Silver):  Kate Seary (13th);  Alice Broadley (14th);  Erin Hayes (15th);  Kate Coker (17th).

Under 15 Boys (Gold):  Ciaran Lewis (4th);  John Cove (5th);  Rhys Gooch (11th);  Keieran Harris (20th).
Under 15 Boys (Bronze):  Lewis Brunt (21st);  Nicholas Jones (22nd);  Sam Curwen (27th);  Jack Eggington (29th).

Under 17 Men (Gold):  Mike Ward (3rd);  Jack Gooch (6th);  James Hunt (7th);  Elliot Slade (8th).

Congratulations to all and thanks go to Paul Darney, John Penny and Tracy Allen for stuggling with the club tent

To view the full results click on RESULTS.