Welsh Athletics are pleased to announce that the 2019 Welsh Cross-Country Championships will be held at Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire. The park has built a strong reputation for major sporting events in recent years, including athletics, cross country and all-terrain cycling, and last year played host to a successful Gwent Cross Country League which drew a huge crowd of runners and spectators.
Alex Donald, Event Delivery Lead for Endurance events at Welsh Athletics, said: “We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council to bring our flagship Cross Country event to West Wales next year. Pembrey provides the ideal setting and great facilities to host the race, and athletes can expect a fun, scenic and challenging course around the park. The Welsh Cross Country Championships has a rich history and we’re looking forward to seeing our top endurance athletes across all the age ranges come here to test themselves and compete for National honours next February.”
Present at the launch of the event in Pembrey Country Park last week were Carmarthenshire based athletes Ben Thomas (who'll compete at the European Youth Championships later this week), Caryl Jones (Gold Coast Marathon Representative) and Dewi Griffiths (Multiple-time Great Britain Representative and Welsh Cross-Country Champion).
“Pembrey Country Park is on my doorstep so is an ideal place to train,” said Caryl. “I’m excited about this partnership which will see more major athletics events held here in Carmarthenshire.”
Ben Thomas added: “The landscape and facilities that the park offers make it a great venue for cross country championships. It will be great to have home advantage and the support of a local crowd during these competitions, I’m really looking forward to it.”
Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “Pembrey Country Park is fast becoming the major sporting venue in Wales and we are delighted to have secured this commitment from Welsh Athletics which will attract huge numbers to the park. This is an exciting development, which – alongside the fantastic cycling opportunities we are bringing to the Park – really puts Carmarthenshire first place on the map for sporting events.”
Thanks to Carmarthenshire County Council for their assistance with the launch and press release for the 2019 Welsh Cross-Country Championships