13 October, Llandaff Fields, Cardiff
The Gwent Cross Country League got under way last Saturday in ideal autumn conditions, soft to firm underfoot with just a tree trunk to hurdle to spice up the course. In what is Britain’s biggest cross country league there were the usual large entry numbers in each race, and Newport Harriers achieved six top ten finishes.
Our highest finish of the day came in U13 Girls. Ceri Griffiths was 4th, backed up by Amy Garrod 14th, and Paige Hughes 81st, who put us 10th in the team competition.
Our two top teams were U13 Boys and U20 Men, both lying in 3rd position. In U13 Boys Leo Stark (6th) and Harry Dawes (8th) were in the top 10, followed by Morgan Sage 24th, Finlay Davies 30th, Joel Miles 63rd, and Theo Phillips 74th. In U20 Men Jackson Mountford was 10th, followed closely by Remi Adebiyi 12th, then Luke Gawthorn 23rd.
Spencer Smith produced his usual strong cross country performance for 5th in U17 Men, followed by Jake Seville 16th, Michael Owen 49th, and Connor Richards 50th (team 8th). Anya Brady was another top 10 finish in 8th place in U11 Girls, plus Emily Walker 23rd, Teagan Werner 28th, Nia wakley 29th, Darcy Taylor 87th, and Millie Williams 94th, to put them a handy 4th in the team placings.
There was a strong team effort in U15 Girls for 4th place, led by Lily Hart 18th, then Lily Williams 19th (consider the lilies of the field), Elin Griffiths 23rd, Alyssa Baker 25th, Ashleigh Steer 34th, Emily Wilcox 35th. In U15 Boys Josh Jones had a good run for 15th, with Oliver Humphreys (45th) and Isaac Jones (51st) having their usual dual behind him, for 12th team position.
In U17 Women we had a full scoring team for 6th place, led by Ellie Robinson 20th and Lowri Thomas 21st, backed up by the dependable Caitlin Jones 37th and Seren Jones 42nd.
Our U11 Boys were 6th so could push for a team medal as the season progresses. Vaughn Hughes was 15th, then Tom Garrod 27th, Dylan Evans 31st, and our youngest competitior of the day James Owen, running on his 9th birthday.
In the Senior Women’s race top 100 is good running, so a solid start to the season for Chloe Powell in 81st place. Victoria Belcher was 132nd, and our team 6th in Division 3.
We still await the Senior Men’s results. With last year’s Gwent League Abed Teweldebrhan out injured, our sole competitior was Lee Richards, and I would hazard that he snatched a top 300 finish.
Watch this for U13 Boys race:
Watch this for general action from Gwent League/Cardiff Cross: