WEEKEND PREVIEW: Pembrey Country Park set for busy weekend of Running & Cycling Fixtures! Print
Written by Nathan Jones   
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 18:27


WEEKEND PREVIEW / EDRYCH MLAEN I'R PENWYTHNOS: Pembrey Country Park, near Llanelli is all set to bring two big sporting events to the venue this forthcoming weekend (10th and 11th of November).

Cross Country Running and Cyclo-Cross takes centre stage...

Pembrey Country Park is one of Wales' top visitor attractions providing a unique blend of coast and countryside. Set inside 500 acres of woodland, and alongside eight miles of golden sands, it has everything to provide a perfect family day out, weekend camping break or a relaxing holiday in idyllic surroundings.

Pembrey Country Park are now used to hosting big events by now having already had some running and cycling championships there. One of the main highlights over the past year was the Tour of Britain cycling event which got its first stage underway in the middle of the park. Watched on by thousands of people, it made its way out of Carmarthenshire towards Newport, the final location on the opening day.

For many, this will be the second visit to Pembrey in a matter of months, with the Welsh Athletics Road Relays Championships having taken place around the new Closed Cycling Circuit in the park less than two months ago in mid-September.

The Course is a mixture of flat parkland, forest trails, man-made hills and a little bit of sand! It has been designed to be accessible for all runners of all speeds and abilities.


On Saturday 10th November, the John H Collins Gwent Cross Country League is back after successful events in March 2017 and December 2017. Coming from the runners themselves, many described the location and course as one of the best. Carmarthen Harriers Athletics Club and Carmarthenshire County Council have again joined to host the fixture in West Wales.

Meanwhile 24 hours later, on Sunday 11th November, Wales' top young and senior cyclists are due to descend on the park in round 8 of the Welsh Cyclo-Cross League. It will be held within the sandy based course exactly a week after the 7th round took place a short drive up in Swansea at Singleton Park. Bynea Cycling Club are the hosts this time round as it makes another appearance at Pembrey before the final round also arrives here in December.

For more information on the racing categories, how to get involved and some great tips and insight into what it takes to be the best Cross racer, you can check out the Welsh Cycling Cyclo-Cross page here CLICK HERE

Saturday's competition will see under 11 (Novice) to senior athletes from clubs across South Wales and the South West of England make the trip over to West Wales for the fixture. In addition to club running this weekend at the cross country, the Gwent League will also incorporate the West Wales & East Wales Cross Country Championships, where athletes will be selected to represent their respective regions at the Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships in Llandrindod next month.

The opening fixture went to Llandaff Fields in Cardiff on 13th October, where it incorporated the opening British Athletics Cross Challenge Series. It provided a great afternoon of top class competition with each athlete in the Gwent League scoring points for their team.

Eight clubs from Carmarthen Harriers, Cardiff AAC, Westbury Harriers, Cardiff Archers, Cardiff Met University, Bristol and West AC, Les Croupiers RC and Neath Harriers currently lead team positions going into Pembrey across all 24 categories, but it all could change quickly by the end of the season!

The likes of Newport Harriers, Pembrokeshire Harriers, North Somerset AC, Millfield School, Bridgend AC, Team Bath, Aberdare Valley AC, Micky Morris Racing Team, Pontypridd AC, Swansea Harriers, Lliswerry Runners, Parc Bryn Bach RC, Brecon AC, Chepstow Harriers, Llanelli AC, Avon Valley Harriers, Penarth and Dinas Runners and Great Western Runners are all in the hunt and will be looking for strong turnouts as the league approaches the half way mark next month.


The action will get underway at 11.30am on Saturday morning with the under 11 girls and under 11 boys over a distance of 1.6km. Then, we'll see the under 13's set off at 11.50am and 12.05pm respectively when they will tackle 3km and 2 small laps.

It's a medium lap totalling 3.6km for the under 15 races whilst Senior Women & Masters Women will be race 7 at 1.00pm when they'll start their 6.4km course. After the under 17 & under 20 men and women have finished their 5.1km races, it will be the Senior Men & Masters Men who will conclude the afternoon's programme running 2 large laps. You'll see race 10 of 10 start at approximately 2.25pm.

Next up after we're done in Pembrey will be a new venue for many - Bryn Bach Park in Tredegar. That takes place at the beginning of December on the 2nd. Rounds 4 and 5 are on the way during February and March, where the individual and team winners will be decided in the South West of England, and Bristol's Blaise Castle grounds.


We look forward to welcoming athletes, clubs, coaches, spectators, officials and staff to Pembrey Country Park, Llanelli for the second fixture of the 2018-19 John H Collins Gwent Cross Country League.

Rydym ni'n edrych ymlaen at groesawu athletwyr, clybiau, hyfforddwyr, cefnogwyr, swyddogion a staff i Barc Gwledig Pen-bre, Llanelli ar gyfer ail ddigwyddiad Cynghrair Trawgwlad 2018-19 "John H Collins Gwent League."

The Carmarthen Harriers social media pages will post some pictures and the latest during the day - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Find the full guide including information, timetable, course map & other details CLICK HERE

Carmarthen Harriers details can be found here CLICK HERE

Further details regarding the beautiful park can be found CLICK HERE



The Harriers' Media Officer, Nathan Jones went over to Pembrey earlier on Tuesday as we continue our build up to the weekend's action. For a look at some of the attractions you can find at the facility, as well as some footage from the course CLICK HERE (YOUTUBE)