Dyfed Primary Schools Cross Country: A terrific Thursday evening of schools action at the Showground... Print
Written by Nathan Jones   
Thursday, 15 March 2018 21:00


15/03/18: Dyfed Primary Schools Coverage / Darlledi Pencampwriaeth Traws Gwlad Ysgolion Cynradd Dyfed on the Carmarthen Harriers Website: A great success!


Dyfed primary schools once again turned out in their numbers on Thursday evening, 15th March at one of the most popular sporting events currently being held in Dyfed and West Wales. A total of over 1,400 runners from 75 Dyfed primary schools competed in this annual event now in its 31st year, organised by Hedydd Davies.

The first race began at 4.30pm with a first glimpse of the year 3 athletes who were competing for their school for the first time and went up the age groups to year 4 and year 5 before the year 6 took part in the cross country championships for the final time before they join the secondary school leagues next season. A total of eight races with the year 3 and 4 completing 2 large laps while the year 5 and 6 had an extra small lap at the beginning.

Conditions for the actual races were dry and windy but the underfoot conditions were affected, due to the heavy rain that came in across the South West on Wednesday evening. Due to flooding at the far end of the course, the set up team had to slightly change the large lap, resulting in the distance being less with a grand stand finish in front of the stand, where school friends and parents encouraged them through.



Number of Finishers / Nifer wedi gorffen: each age year

Year 3 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 3: 184

Year 3 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 3: 236

Year 4 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 4: 187

Year 4 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 4: 213

Year 5 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 5: 152

Year 5 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 5: 171

Year 6 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 6: 126

Year 6 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 6: 148


The championships were this year sponsored by the Masonic Province of West Wales and McDonalds Carmarthen.

Awards to the first ten in each race, first three teams and the winning county were presented on completion of the competition by the following: Cllr Irfon Jones (Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council); Cllr Phil Grice (Carmarthen Town Sheriff); Mr Ron Mounsey (McDonalds); Mr David Harris (West Wales Freemasons); Mr Steve Jones (Welsh Athletics); Cllr Glynog Davies (Carmarthenshire County Council Cabinet Member for Education) and Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths (Carmarthenshire County Council Cabinet Member for Leisure)

The first ten in the year 6 races and the first 2 in Year 5 have been invited to compete for Dyfed primary schools in the annual inter match with West Glamorgan primary schools at Ashleigh Road Playing Fields, Swansea University next Wednesday (21st March) start 5pm.


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Year 3 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 3

1. Esme Lynock (Rhys Pritchard)

2. Gwennan Jones (Y Dderwen)

3. Meadow Norris (Comins Coch)

Ysgol Y Dderwen were on course from the start, taking the year 3 girls age group with 48 points. Ysgol Bro Brynach took silver medals (71pts) with Rhys Pritchard in third 2 points further back (73pts)


Year 3 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 3

1. Rhys James (Y Dderwen)

2. William Jones (Llandovery College)

3. Josh Morris (Carreg Hirfaen)

Llanelli's Ysgol Dewi Sant were victorious in the year 3 boys with 26 points. Ysgol Y Dderwen were in second position (44pts) with Ysgol Aberaeron packing in well to finish in third (58pts)


Year 4 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 4

1. Ophelia Jenkins (Tavernspite)

2. Mabli Collier (Pontyberem)

3. Martha Morgan (Teilo Sant)

The year 4 girls matched their friends' year 3 title taking the third event on the programme with 52 points. Ysgol Griffith Jones (63pts) and Ysgol Dewi Sant (94pts) finished clear in second and third respectively.


Year 4 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 4

1. Steffan Thomas (Teilo Sant)

2. Iwan Brazier (Llandovery College)

3. Sam Griffiths (Llangynnwr)

The Carmarthen school were again clear winners in the year 4 boys, helped by individual fourth. Ysgol Llangynnwr (91pts) collected their first team medals, thanks to Griffiths' third just ahead of Ysgol Nantgaredig who held onto bronze (102pts)


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Year 5 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 5

1. Martha Brandy-Phillips (Aberaeron)

2. Anna Joyce (Penllwyn)

3. Casi Gregson (Carreg Hirfaen)

Ysgol Y Dderwen continued to dominate when it came to scoring their first three athletes, the year 5 girls were the latest to head up to receive their awards. Ysgol Aberaeron's (62pts) trio were just 4 points behind with Ysgol Narberth finishing third (86pts)


Year 5 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 5

1. Macsen Toogood (Teilo Sant)

2. Rowan Dixon (Milford Haven Juniors)

3. William Harries (Hook)

Ysgol Griffith Jones went one better than the silver won earlier on, this time taking gold with 77 points. Mary Immaculate School (86pts) and Prendergast School (92pts) were announced as second and third medallists.


Year 6 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 6

1. Erin Morgan (Y Dderwen)

2. Frances Mackie (Y Castell)

3. Eleanor White (Y Garn)

Ysgol Y Dderwen easily won the year 6 age group, with Vardill and Thompson's 11th and 12th positions adding to Morgan's win to score a low 24 points. Ysgol Aberaeron enjoyed further success in second (100pts) and Prendergast School delivering in successive races (162pts)


Year 6 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 6

1. Ifan Bowen (Y Dderwen)

2. Finlay Tarling (Aberaeron)

3. Iwan Thomas (Parc Y Tywyn)

Ysgol Aberaeron's long journey was rewarded in the final race of the day, the year 6 boys to win from the strong Y Dderwen (30pts) team thanks to their second, 11th and 13th positions. Ysgol Iau Llangennech were the final school to received medals, also scoring low with 36pts.


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As in previous years, there were team awards up for grabs with three to score from each school. In the team competition, there were four different school winners:

Ysgol Y Dderwen; Dewi Sant; Griffith Jones; Aberaeron

Ysgol Y Dderwen have come out on top on a number of occasions over past years, and they were rewarded with good performances to be announced as the championship 2018 winners, winning a total of five age group in the process. Llongyfarchiadau!

Carmarthenshire dominated each age group as the top three in each race won an additional trophy in the county award.




Many thanks to everyone who ensured that the championships were a successful one with plenty of smiling faces and good friendships. We hope that you all enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing you back at the Showground next year! Congratulations to all the pupils who completed the course / Llongyfarchiadau i bawb wnaeth gwblhau y cwrs!

Now it's onto the summer track and field season - Carmarthenshire and Dyfed primary schools events will take place at the Leisure Centre Track in Johnstown during May and June. Further information will be posted nearer the dates.


The Harriers Social Media Officer Nathan Jones was out and about catching the action for those following at the venue and back home in picture and video. Please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for more coverage from this year's Dyfed primary schools championships. Ewch draw I dudalennau Facebook a Trydar y clwb am mwy o luniau a newyddion o'r traws gwlad y flwyddyn hon.




Press reports will be provided in all local newspapers across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion for inclusion in the next 10 days, keep an eye out in your local newspaper!