Wednesday 7th March, Brecon
This is one of the most important fixtures of the year for our school age athletes as medals and selection for the Welsh Schools cross country squad are at stake. Securing their places in this year’s Welsh Schools squad are Spencer Smith, Lily Williams and Jackson Mountford.
In Middle Boys (Y10/11) Spencer Smith went with the early leaders, dropped back into the following group, then, when he looked under pressure near the end, kicked hard over the final 200 metres for a comfortable 5th place.
Lily Williams was up against athletes a school year ahead in Junior Girls (Y8/9) but ran strongly in the second half of the race for an excellent 5th place. This follows her success from the week before at the Welsh Athletics Championships where she gained selection for the Welsh Schools London Mini-Marathon team.
Jackson Mountford was 8th in Senior Boys (Y12/13) and this gained him selection for the Welsh Schools U20 team. Like Lily, Jackson also gained selection the previous week for London Mini-Marathon.
The highest finish from a Newport Harrier came from Ceri Griffiths who was 4th in the Year 7 Girls race, though Year 7 do not compete in international schools competition. Ceri picked up a bronze medal in the team competition as part of the South East Wales squad.
Winning silver medals for South East Wales in the team competitions were Lily Williams and Elin Griffiths (Junior Girls), and Spencer Smith and Jake Seville (Middle Boys). For Glamorgan Valleys David Locke won a team bronze in Middle Boys.
Newport’s top individual performers in the other races were Leo Stark (62nd Junior Boys), Ellie Robinson (16th Middle Girls) and Tessa Morgan (18th Senior Girls).
Full results: http://results.welshathletics.org/
Thanks Darryn Mcatee for the report