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Written by Nathan Jones   
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 19:28

One Day...One Venue...Two Events! School children of all ages have been in midweek action from the NASUWT Cup Match to the Dyfed Primary Schools Championships. Our full coverage, including results from an action packed double header at Carmarthen Leisure Centre today!


Nearly six hours of competition was held at the Carmarthen track earlier on...

Part 1 of Wednesday 6th June got underway at lunchtime with the Brianne Secondary Schools NASUWT Cup Competition where the seven schools, Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth, Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Queen Elizabeth School, Ysgol Dyffryn Taf and Llandovery College were the teams competing with places in the final up for grabs.

The age groups were under 14 (year 7 and 8) and under 16 (year 9 and 10) with the top 2 teams in each of the age groups going forward to the Dyfed final.

The sprint hurdles, 1500m, 200m, 300m, 100m, 800m, sprint relays, long jump, high jump, shot, discus, javelin and triple jump were contested with pupils scoring for their teams rather than individual performances this time round.


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After the total points were all added up, The following teams have qualified for the Dyfed Secondary Schools NASUWT Cup & Plate final to be held at the Sir Thomas Picton track in Haverfordwest on Wednesday 20th June at 11.00am. Timetable and Event Programme to follow soon.

JUNIOR BOYS: 1 Dyffryn Taf 98; 2 Dyffryn Aman 92; 3 Bro Myrddin 78; 4 Bro Dinefwr 72; 5 Maes Y Gwendraeth 64; 6 QE High 58; 7 Llandovery College 42

JUNIOR GIRLS: 1 QE High 98; 2 Dyffryn Taf 92.5; 3 Bro Myrddin 87; 4 Bro Dinefwr 72; 5 Dyffryn Aman 60.5; 6 Maes Y Gwendraeth 60; 7 Llandovery College 41

MIDDLE BOYS: 1 Bro Myrddin 99; 2 Maes Y Gwendraeth 83; 3 Llandovery College 77; 4 Bro Dinefwr 74; 5 QE High 71; 6 Dyffryn Taf 67; 7 Dyffryn Aman 65

MIDDLE GIRLS: 1 Dyffryn Taf 98; 2 Bro Dinefwr 89; 3 QE High 84; 4 Dyffryn Aman 76; 5 Bro Myrddin 69; 6 Maes Y Gwendraeth 67; 7 Llandovery College 65


Elsewhere, the eight Pembrokeshire Secondary Schools headed down to the STP track also on Wednesday with Sir Thomas Picton, Ysgol Greenhill and Ysgol Y Preseli your three teams heading through to the Haverfordwest finale. The winning teams there will be selected to represent the district at the Welsh Schools Nationals at Brecon in Mid July.

On Thursday 7th June, the Ceredigion Secondary Schools were at the sports field at Ysgol Henry Richard. Coming out victorious up in Tregaron were TBC


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Following a few hours break and a quick turnaround, we turned our attention to the younger generation of athletes from 17:00 through into the late evening as the Dyfed Primary Schools Athletics Championships followed shortly afterwards.

After a great cross country championships at the Showground in mid March, It was only four weeks ago that Carmarthenshire Primary Schools athletes were competing at the track, but this time they were joined by schools from all corners of the Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion counties.

For the last 25 years, athletics meetings have been arranged in Carmarthen and Dyfed, one of the eight districts within Welsh Athletics, saw the event head back to the Leisure Centre Track. It was sponsored by our friends at McDonalds which again delivered as children and spectators alike turned up in their hundreds.

On a pleasant, warm and sunny evening in West Wales after a rather wet and windy event on 9th May, the 31st annual event attracted an impressive number of over 200 athletes and hundreds of spectators and teachers from Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion primary schools. Theses championships have grown year on year since Hedydd Davies President of Carmarthen Harriers organised the first event over twenty years back.

The aim is that school competitions will hopefully help children to gain experience and attract pupils to join athletics clubs from the talent that is shown, with the potential for many to progress further in the future. Whatever their ability, the evenings programme was open to everyone to get involved in running while enjoying the race day atmosphere.



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With the schools' track and field athletics season in full swing by now, these annual midweek Dyfed championships saw approximately 40 schools from across the three areas attend. Once again the track was full, car park packed and food was quickly sold, with plenty of local talent out on show watched on from the side lines by friends and family.

The event programme included a total of 14 events and saw the championships go on until . The 70m Hurdles and 100m heats got things underway firstly on the track before it was the turn of the 800m distance time trials. These were certainly races that turned out to be popular with a number of heats and finals having taken place, over 40 in total. The relays again attracted a number of teams with most of the sprinters getting their opportunity to be part of a team in the 4 x 100m sprint.

Over in the field, the high jump, long jump and shot put disciplines took centre stage at the opposite ends.


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Ysgol Y Dderwen, Carmarthen followed up their Carmarthenshire championships win last month with another great display to claim the 2018 Dyfed primary schools athletics championships with 59 points, winning a number of individual events in the process. Llongyfarchiadau i chi!

It was Ysgol Iau Llangennech, Llanelli (45pts) who took runners up spot in a repeat result from the 9th of May while Ysgol Aberaeron's long journey down south were rewarded with a 3rd place finish (35pts). Ysgol Teilo Sant (22pts) Ysgol Griffith Jones (18pts) and Tenby Juniors School (18pts) in fourth and in joint 5th completed the top 6 eams with more than 20 schools picking up points too.

Cllr Mansel Charles, Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council and the Mayor of Carmarthen Emlyn Schiavone were on hand to help with the presentation of awards to the top 3 in each event with a good crowd staying on as darkness fell to cheer the athletes who made it onto the podium.

The duo were impressed with the high standard of the championships and seeing all the children enjoying themselves.


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Dyfed primary schools will next head to Swansea University Athletics Track at Sketty Lane for the annual inter district match with West Glamorgan primary schools on Wednesday 18th July (5.15pm). The first three in the Dyfed championships along with 1 other to be chosen have been selected to represent the district at the event with letters given out at presentation.

As usual, volunteers and helpers played a huge part in support the competition and organisers would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to ensure that Wednesday evening was once again a high quality occasion with great performances and team spirit all round. These include the Welsh Athletics officials and teachers/parents track judges recorders, field event judges, results team, sponsors and presentation guests, St John Ambulance, Carmarthen Leisure Centre stewards and the Carmarthen Harriers members on refreshments.

Well done everyone! Da iawn pawb! We hope that you all enjoyed the evening's action and your visit to the Carmarthen track.

pick up your copies of the local newspaper next week (Carmarthen Journal, Llanelli Star, Cambrian News, Western Telegraph, Carmarthenshire Herald, Pembrokeshire Herald, Ceredigion Herald) where coverage from this year's Dyfed Athletics should be included.


Girls 70m Hurdles:

1. Ellie Harries (Tre Ioan)

2. Lily Rose (Tenby Juniors)

3. Anna Ayden (Y Dderwen)

Boys 70m Hurdles:

1. Tomos Lewis (Y Dderwen)

2. Steffan Hopkins (Aberaeron)

3. Hugo Douglas (Bro Pedr)

Girls 100m:

1. Casi Gregson (Carreg Hirfaen)

2. Maddie Jones (Y Dderwen)

3. Lani Gregory (Teilo Sant)

Boys 100m:

1. Rhodri Robets (Iau Llangennech)

2. Tom Williams (Teilo Sant)

3. Elis Penfold (Iau Llangennech)

Girls 800m:

1. Caitlin Sharp (Glannau Gwaun)

2. Erin Fflur Morgan (Y Dderwen)

3. Frances Mackie (Y Castell)

Boys 800m:

1. Ifan Bowen (Y Dderwen)

2. Macsen Toogood (Teilo Sant)

3. Liam Upton-Boorman (Tre Ioan)

Girls 4 x 100m Relay:

1. Y Dderwen

2. Teilo Sant

3. Iau Llangennech

Boys 4 x 100m Relay:

1. Iau Llangennech

2. Y Dderwen

3. Aberaeron


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Girls High Jump:

1. Mari Raw-Rees (Aberaeron)

2. Aoife Pickersgill (Griffith Jones)

3. Efa James (Y Dderwen)

Boys High Jump:

1. Dion James (Y Dderwen)

2. Joseph Franklin (St Mary's)

3. James Furness (Griffith Jones)

Girls Long Jump:

1. Mared Jones (Y Dderwen)

2. Charley-Jay Spure (Griffith Jones)

3. Seren Rees (Iau Llangennech)

Boys Long Jump:

1. Eddie Warring (Tenby Juniors)

2. Toby Williams-Ford (Iau Llangennech)

3. Rhys Williams (Aberaeron)

Girls Shot Put:

1. India Skone (Llangynnwr)

2. Cerys Davies (Aberaeron)

3. Mia Crowley (Parcyrhun)

Boys Shot Put:

1. Ioan Thomas (Llangadog)

2. Callum White (Gelli Aur)

3. Anthony Budylowski (Bro Pedr)



Boys & Girls Results / Canlyniadau Bechgyn a Merched

Overall Result / Canlyniad Terfynol

Medallists / Enillwyr

Enjoyed the championships at Carmarthen? Another opportunity to enjoy the fun with the Ammanford Junior Fun Run at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on June 11th (This Monday). Fun Run Races for primary school children, secondary year 7 and 8 plus under 6 and under where they can run alongside a family member or friend. Medals to all finishers so make sure that you join us over in Ammanford at the beginning of next week! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT FURTHER INFORMATION

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