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November Event Features: Sospan Road Runners MT10 & Royal Welsh Run PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 02 December 2018 23:41


The first of two took place at Pembrey Country Park on Sunday 18th November as the 31st running of the SRR MT10 organised by Sospan Road Runnersreturned to the magnificent venue. In 2018, it attracted a large total of 489 finishers in a bumper turnout on a perfect sunny Sunday morning. According to the organisers, this was probably the larges turnout the race has ever seen as runners came from near and afar!

The MT10 was a single lap 10 mile multi-terrain race through the beautiful scenery of Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire. The course was a true multi-terrain and included tarmac, gravel, grass, forestry tracks and a lovely section along Cefn Sidan Beach.

The overall winner in the 2018 event was Port Talbot Harriers' Ben Williams. He finished the course in sub 1 hour of 59:47, 12 seconds ahead of second place.

Williams said it was the most enjoyable race of the year for him so far. "It was a beautiful course, really well organised event and a great atmosphere. We couldn't have asked for better weather.

"The leading group Nick, Ben and myself worked well together at a good pace for around 8 miles before I managed to open a gap with 2 miles to go as we came off the beach and into the sand dunes. It was a great race and pleased that I managed to hold on to the win."

Taking second place and as a result, the M35 category was Ben Butler-Madden from the Penarth and Dinas Runners Club. He was another to run in less than an hour in 59:59. Following him across the line to make up the top 3 was local runner and Llanelli AAC's Nick Sheehan and second senior man (60:17). In fourth and completing the senior men's age group was Rob Davies from Amman Valley Harriers (62:00)



Doug Nicholls Les Croupiers RC (62:17) and Mark Harrison Llanelli AC (62:37) filled second and third in the M35 whilst M45 winners came from Raul ReismannWest Coast Tri (65:38) along with a double for Pembrokeshire Harriers thanks to Andrew Hughes (66:33) and Alec Williams (67:40). In the M55 and over, Terry O'Brien was in first (73:11) followed by Richard James (73:31) and CDF Runners' Mike Davies (75:04)

In the senior women's age group, there was a comfortable win for Amman Valley Harriers' Sioned Howells. who continues her good start to the season in a time of 67:43. Liz Robbins Llanelli AAC (74:20) was second with Carly Thomas Port Talbot Harriers (75:58) in third.

Elsewhere, Wendy Price Carmarthen Harriers was another familiar name up in the leading pack behind Howells and as a result took the F35 title (70:27). Llanelli AAC's latest trophy recipient came from Caryl Williams-Ford (77:37) and Port Talbot Harriers added to their collection as Catherine Baker finished in third (77:45).

F45 & F55 victories went to Stephanie Waring Tenby Aces (75:40) and Mary Anthony TROTS (76:46). They were joined in second and third places by Helen JonesPort Talbot Harriers (77:40) and Julie Williams (78:02) in the F45 whilst Lindy Eynon TROTS (78:06) and Alyson Heard Gorseinon 3M'S Road Runners (86:12) made the up the first F55 three.

All the category winners were presented with a trophy on conclusion.

Matthew Page was another Carmarthen Harrier who finished well in his first competition for the club, clocking 1:10:27.

The Race Director & Course Director for the 2018 event, Jen Fifield and Viv Jones were delighted with how the day went on the whole. They said: "The MT10 was hosted by Sospan Road Runners and we had an amazing team of members who helped organise and made the day a huge success. There were just under 500 runners who took on this challenging multi-terrain route in Pembrey."

"We were blessed with perfect race conditions and a glorious sunny November Day. We had over 50 superb marshals along the route, giving encouragement and directions. The atmosphere was friendly and exciting, and with a great medal and welshcakes at the finish, what more could you ask from a race!"


Tri & Enter Events provided the results copy for the event. For the Full Results from the SSR MT10 2018 including every finisher & race timeCLICK HERE



Seven Days later - Sunday 25th November - another local Carmarthenshire race made a return as hundreds descended on the excellent facility. The National Botanic Gardens of Wales in Llanarthne played host to the 2018 edition of the Royal Welsh Run which was back at the venue for the second year, and at the second time of asking! It raised funds for the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.

The 2018 event had been re-arranged by over a month, because of poor weather conditions in the county back in Mid-October thanks to Storm Callum. It sadly left the organisers with no other choice other than to postpone and move to a new date. Thankfully, the weather was much more kind this time around and was certainly worth the wait.

There were four different distances on offer, which meant that there was something for everyone to try or compete in of all abilities, as they enjoyed a run or walk through the beautiful grounds of the Gardens. First to set off was the 5K race which was then followed by the 2.5K run and walk, where young children and those just getting into running could take part. Race 3 and the final race of the morning's programme was the main 10K race.

Along the route, runners passed some of the venue's attractions on offer, including The Gatehouse, Walled Garden, Welsh Orchard, The Square, Middle Park, Garden Lakes and the Great Glass House where the start/finish was nearby.


The two leading 2.5K runners, Sam Griffiths and Jac Jones were quick around the course finishing in 9:24 and 9:31 respectively. William Davies and Rhys Joneswere placed in third and fourth in a close finish. The girls' winner was Manon Phillips in fifth overall (12:38). She was followed by Maia Addison-Evans (13:31) and Mali Griffiths (14:23)

It was a busy morning for Tom Sinton who did the double in the 5K and 10K distances. Defending his 5K title won in 2017, he was victorious over the same course in 16:40. Meanwhile in the 10K, his time of 36:21 was almost a minute ahead of second place to round off a successful morning. Next to follow in the 5K was Ryan Tarasconi (18:37) and Matthew Page (19:23) whilst in the corresponding female age group, Sally Martin (26:50) was the quickest with Michelle Whittal-Williams (27:03) and Lydia Smith (29:22) filling second and third.

A total of 119 runners took to the start line of the 10K, watched on by a decent crowd who came out to support the participants. Following behind Sinton for second position was Ieuan Griffiths in 37:03, and Lewis Jones completing the open male top three in 37:26. Joanne Bowes' 14th place overall saw her finish as the first female (45:20) and not too far behind were Gayle Budden (47:13) and Laura Mason (48:16).



Race Organiser Kathryn Jones said: "We had a very successful event at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales especially after being postponed due to Storm Callum. It was a fairly easy event to organise and run as the team at the Gardens were so helpful and flexible. On top of that, the group of marshals are all good friends of the Llanddarog / Llanarthne Royal Welsh Group."

"The weather played a big part this year and our announcer Jimmi did a great job motivating runners before, during and after their runs. We were well supported by last year's President - Mr Brian Jones, this year's President - Mr Tom Tudor and next year's President, Mr Seimon Thomas. Thank you to all who supported in any way as we turn our attention to 2019."

Every single runner who completed their chosen distance received their own finishers medal.

A big number of athletics clubs were in attendance from locally and from further out across South, Mid and East Wales. In Pembrey and Llanarthne, these include all of the following clubs: Port Talbot Harriers, Penarth and Dinas Runners, Llanelli AC, Amman Valley Harriers, Les Croupiers RC, Swansea Harriers, Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Porthcawl Runners, Lliswerry Runners, 3M Gorseinon Road Runners, Bridgend AC, Paul Popham Running Club, TROTS, Ogmore Phoenix Runners, Parc Bryn Bach, Run4All Neath, Sospan Road Runners, Pontypridd Roadents AC, Emlyn Runners

Triathlon clubs were also out in force, no doubt getting some well needed training in ahead of a busy triathlon season which will commence in early 2019.

The race in Carmarthenshire has now become annual and the event is set to return in October 2019.


Full Results available on the event Facebook Page, CLICK HERE



Elsewhere, there's some other results to catch up on where Carmarthen Harriers members have featured. Round-Up from November:

Richard Burton 10K @ Cwmavon 04/11/18: in a big field, David Jones and Trystan Leech enjoyed good performances at Cwmavon. Their finishing times were 37:18 and 41:10 respectively.

Brechfa Trail 5K 17/11/18: There was a great overall win for under 11 Jac Jones in the 5K race and appears to be the youngest winner of the distance. He crossed in 24:38 nearly a full minute ahead of second. Following behind him were William Davies (28:59) in eighth, Rhys Jones (38:17) 28th and Huw Jones (44:31) in 73rd.

Brechfa Trail Half Marathon 17/11/18: It was a tough course with a total of 318 taking on the challenge at the venue near Carmarthen. Archi Morgan was of them to run and finished in a time of 1:53:44.

British Athletics Cross Challenge Series @ Liverpool 24/11/18: It was a big weekend for the UK's leading country athletes as not only did the third round of the British Athletics Cross Challenge Series head to Liverpool, it also included the European Cross Country Trials which seven Welsh Athletes booked their places in the team.

Having recently been named in the Welsh Athletics Commonwealth Games Development Programme, It was great to see U20 Ben Thomas involved in the Junior Men's WA team in Liverpool alongside Heyward, Barbaresi, Willis, Smith, Lawrence and Ryan. In a field full of talent, Thomas clocked to place 39th (20:56).

Meanwhile, Dafydd Jones was one of the U15 boys runners after his fourth place at the Cardiff Cross Challenge last month. Up in the North West, Jones came in 17th place (10:07). This was after Iwan Thomas (11:33) & Steffan Davies (11:37) completed the under 13 boys' course in 38th and 43rd. The fifth member in action was Huw Davies in the Senior Men's race, in which he crossed the finish in 419th.

Ras Y Mast @ Llanybydder 25/11/18: Jake Lynock was second in the U16 race (10:32) with sister Esme Lynock running 6:06 in the U12's. Later on, Kate Parker finished the 6.5 mile course in 1:03:58.