Cardiff AAC’s men’s and women’s teams took emphatic victories at the Welsh Cross Country Relay Championships on Saturday.
The event held at Monmouthshire Showground was the third edition of the championships and welcomed the largest numbers yet.
The start of the senior men's race in Monmouth
The five race programme began with a Primary Schools Challenge event which was followed by age-group races for under 13’s through to masters.
The younger age races saw victories for Dewi Griffiths’ childhood club, Carmarthen Harriers in the under 13 boys race and for Deeside AAC in the girls equivalent age group.
The North Wales based club also took victory in the under 15 girls race. Neath Harriers edged away from Deeside AAC on the third leg to take the under 15 boys win.
Deeside AAC were also the winners at under 17 women's level, this time led home by the 2016/2017 British Cross Challenge Series runner-up, Mia Roberts. Roberts also ran the fastest leg of the day in her age group.
Newport harriers took a commanding victory in the under 17 men's race. Remi Adebiyi ran the fastest leg of the day to get their campaign underway. Jackson Mountford came next with Spencer Smith anchoring his team in the second fastest time of the day and with Mountford third fastest.
The senior women got their turn in the penultimate race of the day. Cardiff AAC were runaway winners, led home by Kate Seary who was also the fastest athlete overall.
Lliswerry Runners were next home followed by Cardiff Metropolitan University in the open race and Parc Bryn Bach Runners in the championships.
The men’s race saw sub four minute miler Tom Marshall lead his team off, setting the fastest time of the day.
His team were led home by the European Junior 1500m Champion, Jake Heyward.
The Cardiff B Team were second in the championships shortly behind the Cardiff Metropolitan University team who finished second outright.
Pontypridd Roadents then took the bronze medals in the championships.
Heyward reflected on the race saying; ‘’It was great to get a run out for my club. It was tough out front on my own, but knowing that I was running for my team mates helped e push on over the latter stages’’.
‘’I felt really strong and hopefully I can take this form into Denmark this weekend’’
The event also incorporated Master Championships within the senior races. Swansea Harriers claimed W35 Gold, with Parc Bryn Bach taking victory at W45 level.
Men's master age victories went to Pontypridd Roadents in the M35 age group, Brecon AC in the W45 category and to Parc Bryn Bach in the M55+ age group.