Thursday 7th February, 2019
For the top schools’ cross-country runners in Wales, all roads lead to Brecon on Wednesday, February 13th, when the Penlan playing fields are again the venue for the Welsh Schools’ National cross-country championships. This will be the fifty-seventh time for the event to be staged, and the eighteenth consecutive year that the fixture has been held at Brecon.
Welsh Schools will again use its’ traditional midweek date this year. Following the event teams will be selected to represent WSAA at the SIAB Cross Country to be held in Dublin on Saturday, March 23rd. The selection policy for this event is attached alongside this preview.
Welsh Schools would like to flag up that our association would very much welcome offers from teachers or other experienced adults to assist with management of our teams, both at endurance and track and field competitions. Offers can be tabled via our Support Officer, Steve Jones.
The event will use the new course successfully trialled at the Inter Schools event in November, this proved to be popular with athletes, parents and coaches and is slightly more of a traditional cross-country examination than the course used in previous years.
Some exciting competitions are anticipated in the eight-race programme, particularly in the junior and middle sections, in which selection for the teams to compete at the SIAB schools, at Santry Demesne, Dublin on March 23rd, are at stake. This year the SIAB event will also include a 4x1500m mixed relay for teams of 2 boys and 2 girls in the middle age group, this will give opportunity for additional athletes to experience International competition.
Dyfed’s domination of the Overall Team competition was finally ended last year, with Cardiff & the Vale claiming three sections and wrestling away the Overall Points Cup by a narrow margin for the first time since 2013. Dyfed had to settle for team wins in just 2 age groupings as they were pushed into third in the overall classification by an Eryri Team which was consistent across the age groups despite only winning in one. Afan Need Tawe and Powys also picked up one team trophy each.
Car Parking on Wednesday
Athletes, supporters and spectators, who are travelling to the event by car, are advised that the Lower Car Park at Brecon High School is available, you are also advised that the limited parking at the track is for officials only. These restrictions mean that parking space will be at a premium and you are asked to arrive early and park responsibly.The post code is LD3 9SR.
We would like to record our grateful thanks to the Head and Governing Body of Brecon High School for allowing us to use the school’s facilities.
Provisional results and an event report will be published on the Welsh Athletics website as soon as possible. WSAA wishes all taking part the best of luck and hope that all enjoy a great day of competitive cross-country racing.
Live (provisional) results will also be available on http://results.welshathletics.org/