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Saturday, 23 March 2019 16:02


SIAB Schools Cross Country International - Saturday 23rd March


Thirty-six of Wales' cross-country youngsters finished off their 2018/2019 winter season on Saturday (March 23rd), at the annual end-of-season SIAB Schools International Athletic Board Cross Country International in Dublin's Santry Demesne. Situated next to the Morton Athletics Stadium, a total of almost 150 athletes were in action from all areas of the United Kingdom during the day.

Gwnaeth tri deg chwech o athletwyr Cymru orffen eu tymor traws gwlad dros y penwythnos (Mawrth 23ain) wrth iddynt gystadlu ym mhencampwriaeth blynyddol Rhyngwladol Ysgolion SIAB yn Nulyn. Wedi'i leoli nesaf i'r trac athletau Morton yn Santry, wnaeth bron i 150 o athletwyr o bob rhan o'r Deyrnas Unedig gymryd rhan yn ystod y dydd.

This high standard competition, which takes place in each of the four countries once every four years, returned this weekend across the Irish Sea in Northern Ireland and hosted by the Irish Schools Association. Wales took its turn two years ago to put on the event at the historic and scenic Margam Park near Port Talbot and provided with a great setting for the competition. In 2018, the international fixture headed to Nottingham's Wollaton Park where a testing and hilly course awaited the competitors of all ages.

The #SIAB2019 gave an opportunity to test form against the cream of cross-country talent from across the UK and Ireland. There were a number of experienced athletes out on show however they ran alongside a number of debutants making their first appearance on the international stage.

On a sunny afternoon watched on by a vocal crowd, Teams of eight from Welsh Schools, English Schools, Irish Schools and Scottish Schools battled it out in the under 15 junior and under 17 intermediate races. They competed over distances of 3,000m, 4,000m and 6,000m split into a small lap and large lap.

Additionally in 2019, a new 4 x 1500m relay took place for the upper age group, where an additional 2 boys and 2 girls were invited to participant for their country in this element in the final race of the programme.



Strong Showing from Welsh Schools' youngsters

Welsh Schools pupils wearing the red vest of Wales were selected to run following the Welsh Schools National Cross Country Championships, in Brecon on 13th February. The first eight respectively in the under 15 and under 17 age groups that day were automatically chosen to be involved in this season climax match participating against unfamiliar opponents.

This year's squad was very much spread from schools across Wales' four regions, with runners involved from locations such as Barry, Cowbridge, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Bridgend, Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Bangor, Denbighshire and Flint just to name a few.

The South Wales contingent started out early on Friday morning picking up along the M4 corridor before heading up North to Holyhead via Aberystwyth. They travelled in style thanks to our club sponsors, Ffoshelig Coaches who provided the coach and the 8-hour round-trip by road to North West Wales. Welsh Schools have a long standing relationship with Rhodri Evans and his team and have been grateful for their support once again this year.

The Welsh teams were accompanied for the weekend by a management team of seven under team leader Zane Maynard (Morriston Comprehensive). He was joined on management duties by Delyth Brown, Carol Jones, Joan Goldsmith and John Messum alongside SIAB Delegates Dai Gatehouse and Steve Jones. An army of parents, coaches and family members also travelled to support the children and country.

Following a dominant display in Nottingham last year on home ground, the powerful English Schools athletes continued their fine form at these Internationals, again coming away from Ireland with a clean sweep of four team titles and victories individually. It proved to be a successful day for Wales' up and coming stars with the best result of the day coming in the first race at lunchtime, which was the Junior Girls. The girls finished six in 29 places to come away with team bronze behind England and Scotland. There were also strong showings from the other promising age groups who scored full teams. Several now looking ahead to the london Mini Marathon on the final Sunday of April as well as being eligible for next year's Schools International in Scotland.




JUNIOR GIRLS / MERCHED IAU (third 122pts):

11 Gwenno Goode (Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg 10:48), 14 Sophie Evans (Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen 10:51), 18 Ceri Griffiths (Bassaleg School 11:08), 24 Abigail Davies (Porthcawl Comprehensive 11:15), 26 Evie Watkins (Cowbridge Comprehensive 11:16), 29 Erin Andrews (Cowbridge Comprehensive), 31 Neisha Roberts (Ysgol Brynhyfryd 11:38), 32 Eden Edwards (St Richard Gwyn 11:43)

JUNIOR BOYS / BECHGYN IAU (fourth 122pts):

9 Frank Morgan (Ysgol Bro Myrddin 13:23), 12 Osian Tyrrell (Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr (13:27), 20 Oliver Jones (Newtown High 13:42), 26 Aled Breeze (Newtown High 13:59), 27 Callum Morgan (Welshpool High 14:10), 28 Roman Hodgson (Prestatyn High School 14:17), 31 Rhys Llewellyn (Haverfordwest High 14:36)

INTER GIRLS / MERCHED GANOL (fourth 144pts):

16 Samia Jones (Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen 17:07), 20 Fiona Bostock (Howell's School 17:11), 22 Moli Lyons (Ysgol Bro Morgannwg 17:15), 27 Ashleigh Willis (Olchfa 17:32), 29 Boe-Celyn Jones (Dyffryn Ogwen 17:54), 30 Alanah Hill (Radyr Comprehensive 18:00), 31 Nia Clatworthy (Porthcawl Comprehensive 18:06), 32 Mia Goddard (Bishop of Llandaff 18:06)

INTER BOYS / BECHGYN GANOL (fourth 120pts):

7 Lloyd Sheppard (Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni - Y Gwyndy 18:52), 16 Ben Reynolds (Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni - Y Gwyndy 19:16), 21 Adam Beer (Glan Y Mor Comprehensive 19:27), 22 Osian Perrin (St.Gerrard's School 19:30), 26 Joe Reardon (Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun 19:45), 28 Finley Hines (Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera 20:01), 31 Jacob Reynolds (Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni - Y Gwyndy 20:34), 32 Iori Humphreys (Ysgol Harri Tudur 20:41)

INTER BOYS & GIRLS 4 x 1500m LAP RELAY (fourth)

Dafydd Jones (Ysgol Bro Myrddin), James Griffiths (Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen), Abbi Parkinson (Ysgol Brynrefail), Aimee Callow (Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf) - 19:41





Read more from the weekend via this report from Welsh Schools CLICK HERE

Read more from the weekend via our report on the LLANELLI ONLINE WEBSITE

Many congratulations to all the athletes selected to represent their countries...Llongyfarchiadau i'r athletwyr i gyd wnaeth rhedeg dros ei gwlad.

Next up in the International calendar will be the SIAB Track & Field International for athletes in the under 17 age group. Grangemouth Stadium in Scotland was the venue last summer but this year, the international will head to Wales and Swansea University Athletics Track on Saturday 20th July 2019. Countries will select two athletes per event and all disciplines of track and field will be open in the SIAB T&F International where a large and vocal Welsh crowd will be expected to be present in West Wales in a few months' time.