13 February, Brecon
South East Wales Schools had an excellent championships, taking several individual and team podium places, and finishing 3rd overall in the schools districts table. Newport athletes made a significant contribution to this success.
Team gold went to the U20 Men, spearheaded by Remi Adebiyi and Jackson Mountford. Remi also took individual bronze.
SE Wales took team silver in Year 7 Boys and Year 7 Girls. Leading the boys squad was Harry Dawes who also took individual bronze. Harry Bradley was 60th. Leading the girls was Amy Garrod in 7th place, backed up by Freya Taylor (10th), Lilly Oakenfull (27th) and Olivia Gillespie going way over-distance in 73rd.
Team bronze went to SE Wales Junior Girls and Middle Girls. Top junior girl was Ceri Griffiths in 7th, which gives her a good chance of selection for the Welsh Schools international squad. Lily Hart was 18th and Alyssa Baker 23rd. Top Middle Girl for SE Wales was Elin Griffiths in 12th, backed up by Lowri Thomas (23rd), Antonia Dawes (40th) and Ashleigh Steer (43rd).
Just out of the medals in 4th were Junior Boys, featuring Leo Stark (17th), Oliver Humphreys (70th) and Isaac Jones (74th). Middle Boys were 5th featuring Elur Urkola (24th), Josh Jones (48th), Oscar Denton (59th), Theo Copestake (61st) and Michael Owen (70th). SE Wales Senior Girls were incomplete and featured Caitlin Jones (30th), Lisa Scarfi (31st) and Seren Jones (37th).
Winners of Senior Girls and top of the overall table were Cardiff & Vale. Our cuckoo in the nest was Ellie Robinson who finished 12th and collected a team gold medal.
Lily Oakenful came 27th in the year 7 girls.
Well done to Kim Griffiths and Kath Sage for organising a strong South East Wales Schools cross country squad.