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Shropshire Young Athletes Cross Country League, 6th December 2015

U11's...The girls were led home by Caitlyn Bloor in 25th. In the space of some 60 seconds another 4 Maldwyn vests crossed the line. Hazel Davies (27th), Chloe Murton Davies (28th), Neave Wright-Cook (29th) and Piper Lloyd (30th) having enjoyed quite a tussle throughout. A little further back came Erin Clarke (37th) to complete the girls’ team. The boys’ contingent was led home by the impressive Callum Morgan whose strong finish secured a top ten (10th) finish. Next up came Aled Breeze (13th). Will Stead (26th), Ollie Jones (30th) and Will Owen (33rd) all then finished within the space of a few seconds. Unfortunately Tom Farrington was unable to do himself justice having been ill out on the course. Determined to finish he made it home in 41st. Well done Tom.

U13's...Olivia Robson set off as if she could see the finish and was the first Harrier across the line in 23rd. Never far away, Elin Astbury was just a couple of seconds adrift in 25th. Sally Murton Davies has improved with each race this season and would undoubtedly finished higher than 30th had she not taken a heavy tumble on a particularly tricky part of the course. Carys Breeze completed the scoring with a plucky 34th. Sadly Morgan Roberts sustained an injury in the mad scramble at the start and had to withdraw half way round. Wearing an 'old school' Newtown A.C. vest was Connor Owen who looked really comfortable, and retro, in a fast finishing 21st. Sticking gamely to his task, the ever dependable Amren Stephenson made it home in 34th.

U15's...Dillon Gill and Carwyn Owen produced the standout performances of the day. The pair of them deservedly made it into the top ten with Dillon in 7th a little ahead of Carwyn in 9th.

U17's...In increasingly tricky conditions Kaya Saul managed to recover from not one, but two falls to make it across the line in a highly presentable 6th place.

Shropshire Young Athletes Cross Country League, 8th November 2015

For a full report see the November 2015 monthly update.

Herefordshire League Cross-Country, 29th November 2015

On what might charitably be described as a dirty old day it was testimony to the spirit in the camp that despite the absence of captain Ifan Jones (recovering from the club trip to Lanzarote) 19 of our runners still made the journey to one of the most inhospitable – and for some impossible to find – corners of Herefordshire to which they were blown by near gale force winds and horizontal rain.

Despite being short of a few of our “big names” our boys and girls in yellow performed admirably with Todd Tanner leading the men to second place in the team event, finishing in 8th spot. Todd was well supported by Bryan Arthur, Anthony Powell and Martin Copus who packed well for 12th, 14th and 17th places respectively. Julia Ellis spearheaded the women’s challenge finishing in 25th place with Rachel Butler (32nd) and Helen Owen (36th) completing the A-team scoring to earn them 8th place on the day.

The results mean that after three races in the series and with two to go, Maldwyn’s men share top spot with Wye Valley Runners on 72 points, just one ahead of Croft Ambrey. The women are also doing well and are currently 5th with 43 points.

Walford Farmagenddon 5, Baschurch, 21st November 2015

Shrewsbury AC have a new cross-country course which will feature in next year’s North Wales League and which they were keen to trial. Recent XC convert Kevin Jones pointed the car eastwards and was rewarded with a 50th place 45:56.

Children in Need Floodlit Cross-Country (and footie match), 11th November 2015

Another successful evening and big thanks to the coaches, the helpers and everyone who turned out to run, give their support and donations. Here’s Martin to tell you all about it:

“There was a huge turnout of junior and senior athletes competing in four different races.

In the first sprint race defending champion Reece Moles powered up the hill to retain his crown before Dillon Gill claimed the victory in the 2 lap race.

Following the first two races the action moved onto the football pitch for the Coaches vs Athletes match. The athletes went ahead when Dillon Gill curled home. A second half fightback from the coaches with 2 Martin Copus goals secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory for the coaches. Following that we returned to racing where Dan Stones came into his own winning both the 3 and 4 lap races to complete the evening.

A total of £238.19 was raised for BBC Children in Need, many thanks to everyone who helped out to make the event a huge success”.

This year of course there was extra incentive in that some of the races counted towards the Junior Endurance Championships.

Herefordshire Cross-Country League, Fforest Fields, 18th October 2015

For a full report see the October 2015 monthly update.

Herefordshire Cross-Country, Croft Castle, 8th November 2015

Croft Castle is turning into the most popular of the cross-country league fixtures. Last year we fielded 28 athletes, this year it was 35, ensuring yet another record race entry.

In the event it turned out to be a great day for the club with Tim Davies and Nicola Davies winning the men’s and women’s races while Maldwyn men’s A team comprising Tim, Roger Farrington, Bryan Arthur and Todd Tanner) won the team race, the women (Nicola, Nikki Grainger and Becky Latham) taking seventh spot. Kaya Saul finished second in the junior race.

No doubt they were all galvanised by the presence of chief cheerleader for the day, Dave Peters, whose unorthodox but direct approach to haranguing anything in yellow must have done the trick.

Shropshire Young Atheletes League, Bridgnorth, 11th October 2015

For a full report see the October 2015 monthly update.

Cheshire League, Ellesmere Port, 6th September 2015

At the recent Startrack there was a very promising U15 athlete by the name of Cai Jones. He needed little persuasion to start training with the club and was keen to take part in his first race. First time out and he found himself in a really competitive 100m field. 4th in 13.6 showed considerable promise.

U17's. Meg Davies missed most of the season with serious knee problems. Here she was back with a vengeance as she absolutely destroyed the field in the 200m to win comfortably with a 27.3 PB. In the next race, seemingly untroubled by the cast on her broken arm, Meg Randell also led everyone home in 28.2. The redoubtable Huw Weaver also did really well this time out. 4th in the 200m in a season's best 31.1 brought down the curtain (almost) on a good summer's running.

Seniors...Earlier in the season everything Martin Copus touched turned to PB. Not so this time, although a hard fought 5th place in the 3000m did produce a season's best 10.40.7. Reece Moles and your correspondent both competed in the same three events. The pair of us both notched PB's in the long jump - Reece 4.74, self 3.11 before lining up in the same 200m race. Like the two girls before him Reece blew the race apart and won in a season's best 24.9. My more modest 33.4 (PB) claimed 3rd. The 1500m was altogether a tougher proposition although again it was a PB apiece - Reece 5.36.7, me 5.51.8.      

There was just time at the end of the meeting for the (un) Usual Suspects - Chris, Martin, Huw and Reece to claim 2nd in the 4x100m relay in 56.9.

Shropshire Young Athletes Cross Country League, Oswestry, 27th September 2015

We had nine athletes in the U11 category - 3 girls and 6 boys. Piper Lloyd looked very comfortable in 30th place. Lucy Powell and Olivia Thomas found it a little harder but they both stuck it out to the finish, 37th and 38th respectively. A good effort. Harvey Gill challenged near the front throughout and was rewarded with a superb 4th, ahead of Callum Morgan in 14th. Looking strong Arwyn Walby and Ollie Jones crossed the line 19th and 23rd. Good runs too from Tomos Farrington (28th) and Tommy Hill (29th).

U13's.  Sally Murton breezed round the course and ran much better than her 26th placing suggests. It was so tight in the middle of the field that 10 seconds quicker could have promoted her into the teens. Dan Stones had a great summer on the track. His good form continued here as, in a high quality field he came home in a hard fought 6th. He could do well this year.

U15's.  Beset by breathing problems Shannon Walker was unable to do herself justice. In the event she did well to complete the course in 19th. Like his brother before him Dillon Gill was challenging near the front. Despite a fantastic effort Dillon had to settle for 5th. This was another high quality field and Joe Starling's 9th on debut represented a good effort in the yellow and blue.

U17's.  With each succeeding year Kaya Saul looks stronger and more competitive. He has started this season in good nick and a terrific 4th place shows just how much he has improved.

Herefordshire Cross Country League, 8th and 22nd July 2015

For a report on this event please see our July news update.

Abbeydore, 24th June 2015

Just three weeks later and our lot were back for more mudless cross-country, this time with doughnuts.
Phil Bullock had another good one to lead home the Maldwyn Massive ahead of a returning Gwynant Jones, while Rachel Butler guided our women to the finish:

36 Phil Bullock 42.52
50 Gwynant Jones 44.40
55 Phil Byrne 44.52
57 Martin Green 45.15
102 Dave Manuel 50.21
104 Rachel Butler 50.34
107 Ifan Jones 50.58
116 Helen Owen 51.44
154 Jan Shanahan 64.02

Kinnersley, 3rd June 2015

11 Harriers headed out on the first Maldwyn Harriers excursion into the Herefordshire Summer League, with Ed Davies leading the way home in 17th place (35:55). He was followed by Phil Bullock who made the trip in the other direction from Worcestershire while Sarah Hamer was our first woman in 43:49.

Here are the Maldwyn results in full: 17 Ed Davies 35.55
30 Phil Bullock 37.31
65 Phil Byrne 41.08
75 Dave Manuel 41.39
82 Martin Green 42.17
96, Sarah Hamer 43.49
119 Ifan Jones 46.01
160 Jan Shanahan 54.50
163 Diane Jones 57.38
166, Georgina Fletcher 61.02
169 Kelly Davies 64.05

SIAB Schools International, Dublin, 21st March 2015

Joseph Crutchley was our sole representative making the step up in age group and finishing in 29th place.

UK Inter-Counties Championship, Birmingham, 7th March 2015

Maldwyn Harriers’ youthful contingent justified their selection at the highly competitive Inter-Counties Championships. Whilst never in contention for individual medals, Joseph Crutchley (U15 boys), Dillon Gill (U13 boys) and birthday girl Vicky Gittins (U17 girls) were all counters for North Wales in the team events with Dillon the first North Wales athlete to finish in his age group.

Also in action and doing themselves, their families and club proud were Kate Jerman (U13); Shannon Walker (U15); Chloe Evans and Margo Martin (both U17).

Old Boy Andrew Davies was 16th in the senior men’s race, a remarkable achievement as he was clipped in the early stages and had to stop to put his shoe back on, as a result of which he was forced to make up a lot of lost ground.

North Wales Cross-Country Championships, Northop, 24th January 2015

For a full round-up of some fine performances by our youngsters, see the January 2015 update.

Northern Counties Cross Country Championships, 24th January 2015

Andy won the Northern Counties at Pontefract and in so doing outkicked Alastair Brownlee to take the title. Not only is Brownlee the Olympic Triathlon champion and something of a household name but a very accomplished cross-country runner and one of the fastest 10,000 metre track racers in Britain. A huge achievement and one which Andy and all of us can be proud of. Brother-in-law Jamie Loxam (Stockport and Maldwyn) also competed, finishing 109th from 698 so a good run from him, too.

Powys Schools Cross-Country Championships, Newtown 21st January 2015

Several of our youngsters represented their schools. We spotted the following:

Middle Boys: 1st Joseph Crutchley, 27th George Bebb, 29th Niall Thomas.

Junior Boys: 3rd Dillon Gill

Lower Junior Boys: 3rd Daniel Stones, 7th Sam Holwill, 15th Jake Beeson, 37th Ethan Jones.

Junior Girls: 2nd Savannah Evans, 5th Shannon Walker, 6th Kate Jerman, 11th Tayla Trigg, 16th Emmie Bell

Middle Girls: 3rd Abigail Roberts, 10th Lauren Teasdale, 31st Alex Austin.

Senior Girls: 2nd Vicky Gittins, 3rd Margo Martin, 5th Sarah Williams (yes, triple jumping Sarah!)

The Welsh Schools Championships take place on 11th February. Usually the top six or so in each age group are selected so unless there are a large number of pre-selections then we can expect to see several of our young Harriers in action in Brecon towards the middle of the month.

Herefordshire Cross-Country League, Monkhall, 11th January 2015

Tim Davies was again winner of the men’s race (37:57), making it three from three while the Men’s A-Team comprising Roland Stafford (8th 43:23), Chris Atherton (11th 44:20) and Martin Copus (21st 45:42) secured a splendid second spot. Things are well-placed for the final league match at Presteigne on 2nd February.

Comprising the B team (10th place) were: 26th Sean Clarke (26th), Phil Bullock (33rd), Dan Owen (60th) and Dave Johnson (74th).

While the C team (18th) were as follows 76th Dan George (76th), Chris Copus (80th), Ifan Jones (81st), Steve Bryant (83rd) and Reece Moles (87th).

The women again made 9th place their own with Andre Hutchinson taking top honours (30th in 63:08) ahead of Rachel Butler (32nd 63:54) and Helen Owen (34th 64:42).

The women’s B team were 11th and they were: 39th Georgina Fletcher 41st Jill Hillman 44th Keri Orrells. While the Cs finished 12th 45th Rachel Williams 46th Diane Jones 47th Kelly Davies 48th Jan Shanahan 49th Caroline Orrells.

Welsh Inter-Regional and Masters Championships, Builth Wells, 13th December 2014

We were extremely pleased that 11 of our Harriers together with various past members had been chosen to represent North Wales. In the event, injury and other commitments meant that not everyone could compete but those who did featured prominently, helping North Wales to second place in the overall team results.

Performance of the day came courtesy of Forden's Esme Hughes who finished in the individual bronze medal position in the U13 girls' race with Kate Jerman having a gutsy run to finish 23rd in the same race.

In the U13 boys' race, Welshpool's Dillon Gill occupied one of the top two positions for most of the race but did not quite have the legs in the final few hundred metres, eventually finishing 5th, just one agonising second outside the individual medals. Also 5th was Tim Davies who claimed a number of very useful scalps in the Senior Men's race.

Elsewhere, Shannon Walker put in a typically spirited performance for 37th spot in the U15 girls' event while team mates Chloe Evans and Margo Martin battled to 12th and 13th places respectively in the U17 race.

Congratulations to everyone on their achievements.

Shropshire Young Athletes League, Bridgnorth, 7th December 2014

The two girls, Shannon Walker (U15) and Margo Martin (U17) both celebrated their call-up to the North Wales squad with a couple of fine runs. Shannon was struggling at first and I wouldn't have blamed her for stepping out. She's made of sterner stuff, though and worked really hard to get through her difficulties. It was a great run for 5th place in the end. Margo also claimed 5th spot in her race, working hard from gun to tape in an impressive display. That was Margo's best run to date.

Connor Owen (U11) attacked the course with relish. There were a lot of good young lads in there and I thought 8th was more than creditable. Last time out U13 Dan Stones impressed on his debut. It was clearly no flash in the pan as he finished one place higher this time in 8th. Amren Stephenson (U13) continues to improve at this distance - a dogged effort for 27th this time out.

The two U15 boys had a couple of completely different races. Joseph Crutchley and Oswestry's Cameron van Onselen soon pulled away from the rest of the field and battled it out for number one spot. There was certainly no quarter given as the pair vied for supremacy. Ultimately Cameron emerged victorious but it had been a tough contest. Back in the main body of the field was Kaya Saul. Carrying a bit of an injury Kaya stuck stoically to his task and did really well to finish 11th.

Herefordshire Cross-Country League Race 3, Ufton Court, Dinedor, 7th December 2014

Tim Davies scored his second successive League win (39:15) while good support from Roland Stafford (10th), Chris Atherton (21st) and Martin Copus (24th) helped secure a third place finish for Maldwyn men's A team. With three events in this season's five race campaign now completed, the men occupy second spot in the team championship and will look to be pushing for both individual and team honours when action resumes on 11th January.

Meanwhile, Maldwyn women's A team, led home by Rachel Butler complemented by Andre Hutchinson and Jill Hillman, finished in 9th place as they did at Croft Castle in November to cement their position in mid-table.

Herefordshire Winter League, 19th October 2014

More than 20 of our big boys and girls supported our first incursion into the Herefordshire League and were rewarded with a number of fine performances.

Chris Atherton was our first finisher in a splendid 7th place and received able support from Sean Clarke (17th); Martin Copus (22nd) and Glyn Fletcher (26th) to ensure that our men’s A team claimed 5th place from 17 teams (which included Maldwyn B and C teams). Not a bad first effort.

The women were also able to field three teams with Andre Hutchinson the first to dock in 20th place ahead of Georgina Fletcher (30th) and Diane Jones (34th). These three counted as scorers for the A team, which finished in 9th spot.

A good debut then, over a course which lived up to its billing as a bit of a toughie and would have delighted many of our fell running fraternity.

Full results for Fforest Fields can be accessed via a link on our website homepage and also by logging on to our facebook page.

Shropshire Youth Athletes League, Oswestry, 21st September 2014

The cross country season has started. I'll say that again 'the cross country season has started'. The message clearly hasn't got out to many of our youngsters. A mere 8 made the short trip to Oswestry for the opening round of the Shropshire Young Athletes Cross Country League. Although short in numbers we certainly weren't lacking in quality, there were some good performances to enjoy.

U11's..Phoebe Carter and first timer Olivia Robson both had excellent runs, finishing 14th and 15th respectively. The sight of a club mate’s vest just ahead was all the encouragement Phoebe needed for a big finish. Come on, we've all done it!

U13's.. What a cracking run from Kate Jerman. In the leading group throughout Kate looked really strong all the way round. She eventually finished 6th - a few seconds outside the top three. A great advance on last season's performances.

Dillon Gill also produced a stand out performance. Never outside the top 3, Dillon was in determined mood coming through for a battling 2nd place. This could be an interesting competition as the season progresses. Admired by the coaches for his tenacity young Amren Stephenson kept working right to the end for his 30th place. This was a big step up in distance for him. Well done.

U15's.. Kaya Saul was our sole representative in this age group. Undaunted by the strapping on his leg Kaya put in a typically hard working performance. He made his way steadily through the field to finish 11th. Another good effort.

U17's.. Chloe Evans and Margo Martin complete the line up of Harriers at Oswestry. In a much larger field than usual both young ladies really grafted for top 10 places. Early leader Chloe had to settle for 5th at the end. We'll have to work on tactics Chloe. Margo's reward for some hard work in the autumn sunshine was 10th. I think Margo was happy to see the finish!

All in all some terrific performances, just a shame we were so few in number. 12th October at Packwood School is the next one. It's a great course, come and have a go.

SIAS Schools International, Bolton, 22nd March 2014

Congratulations to Joseph Crutchley, representing Welsh Schools, who finished in 21st position (16:36) in the Junior Boys race.

Home Counties International, Nottingham, 22nd March 2014

Alex Cawthra, representing Welsh Schools, finished in 34th place and in a time of 26:25 in the U20 women’s event. Well done to Alex on her selection for this prestigious event.

UK Inter-Counties Championships, Birmingham, 8th March 2014

Our young Harriers will have gained valuable experience from their participation on behalf of North Wales in the always competitive Inter-Counties and which this year was run in heavy conditions.

Following his heroics last year when he finished 3rd in the U13 boys’ race, Joseph Crutchley (18:17) was again our best placed athlete finishing in 146th spot from 280 runners in the boys’ U15 event.

Chloe Evans (23:42) and Margo Martin (24:03) were 182nd and 199th respectively in the U17 girls’ race while Meg Randell (22:47) was 265th in the U15 event (Olivia Sofianos also competed but was unable to finish the race). Dillon Gill (12:32) finished 232nd in the boys’ U13 race while in the girls’ event Shannon Walker, who had to run part of the race with just one shoe, was 285th.

There was frustration and disappointment for “old boy” Gwynant Jones who was initially awarded third spot in the UK Cross Challenge series U20 category only for this to be revised down to 4th on recount (he was in fact awarded the same points as another runner who took third place on count back having finished ahead of Gwynant at Birmingham). Still, this is a fine achievement of which he should be proud and we hope Gwynant was not disappointed for long.

Welsh Cross-Country Championships, Llandeilo, 15th February 2014

Despite the woeful weather, this year’s “National” went ahead although understandably numbers were down in most races.

Hats off to Joseph Crutchley on his typically gutsy 8th place in the U15 Boys race, in which he clocked 16:05. Joseph moves up to the senior year in this age group next season and will no doubt be looking to capitalise on his good racing this term.

North Wales Cross-Country League, Oswestry, 8th February 2014

The final race of the 2013/14 winter series saw yet another lone Maldwyn Harrier trying his hand over the Country. Chris Atherton completed the course in a time of 43:22 which earned him 46th place. This was behind former team mate Richie Jones and ahead of Haydn Jones, both now running for Shrewsbury AC, who ended up with team silver over the five race series.

As well as Chris, Harriers Ed Davies, Ifan Jones and Kevin Owen have also competed in this year’s series but never in the same race. In the event that we can muster all interested parties at once then Maldwyn would be perilously close to fielding a full team, something which we haven’t done consistently for some time (hence individuals have tended to look elsewhere).

Something to consider for 14/15?

Welsh Schools Championships, Brecon, 1st February 2014

In what have been described as “Somme-like conditions”, Joseph Crutchley, who was recently voted runner up in the U18 Sports Personality of 2013 category of the Montgomeryshire Sports Awards, was a highly creditable 5th placed in the Junior Boys race. Niall Thomas finished 49th in the same race out of a field of 75 runners.

The Year 7 Boys race also featured a couple of Harriers, namely Rob Williams (33rd) and Oscar Crutchley (68th).

Alex Cawthra, who attends school in Colwyn Bay but retains Maldwyn membership, finished 9th in the Senior Girls race, while in the Middle Girls event Margo Martin, Abi Roberts and Meg Randell packed the middle order (24th, 34th and 39th respectively).

Savannah Evans ran well to place 22nd in the Junior Girls with Olivia Sofianos (52nd) and Meg Davies (65th) also in the mix.

Well done to Kate Jerman, too, on her encouraging 17th place finish in the Year 7 Girls race.

North Wales Cross-Country Championships, Northop, 25th January 2014

Harriers shone in vile conditions as our under-15 girls took second place in their team competition while young Dillon Gill continues to show his considerable promise with a “bronze” in the under-13 boys’ event. Ifan Jones, in what we think is his first outing over cross-country, was 53rd (59:30) in the senior men’s race.

For the full report from "The Travelling Harrier", see the January update.

British Athletics Cross-Country Challenge, Cardiff, 19th January 2014

Gwynant Jones registered 18th place (25:45) in the U20s while Joseph Crutchley continues to get to grips with the U15 category with a solid 12th placed 16:30.

North Wales Cross-Country League, Lilleshall, 18th January 2014

In a rare venture over the Country Ed Davies was 51st placed (second M55) in a time of 41:28.

British Athletics Cross-Country Challenge, Antrim, 4th January 2014

Andrew Davies, fresh from his victory at the Welsh Championships in December (see last month’s update), finished in a commendable15th position in a time of 31:04. Although the senior race did not count as part of the four-nation Celtic Challenge, Andy’s performance was good enough to place him as second Welsh runner home behind Dewi Griffiths, who just weeks earlier had represented the UK at the European Cross-Country Championships.

In the junior men’s race ex-Harrier and still close associate Gwynant Jones came home in 9th position (17:50) and, like Andy, was the second Welsh runner to score, helping Wales to second place in the team event.


Cross country team, Hereford

Hypothermic Harriers brave the team shot prior to getting down to business



Maldwyn seniors cross country team

Sunday school outing (before shot) (photo: Beryl Roberts)




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