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Cross-country runners capture Welsh schools’ crown

November 19th, 2019

Cross-country runners at Monmouth School for Boys are celebrating after winning a title at a major Welsh competition in Brecon.

Henry, Oliver, Rhys and Adam combined to win an outstanding team gold for the school at the 21st Welsh Athletics Inter Regional and 43rd Welsh Schools’ Inter Schools Cross Country Championships.

It was a memorable double for Henry, Oliver and Rhys, who were part of the East Wales team which bagged a bronze medal in the Inter Regional Championships.

Running in the Year 9 and 10 class, Henry led the way for the triumphant Monmouth with a 15th-place finish in 13:44.

Henry was closely followed by Oliver, who was 20th in 13:55, while Rhys was 23rd in 14:04 and Adam, 50th in 15:14

The combined points’ tally of the four runners propelled Monmouth to first place in the schools’ standings, beating rivals, Bro Myrddin into second spot.

Fellow Monmouth runners Arthur who was 69th in 16:05, Connor, who was 70th in 16:06, and Charlie, who was 75th in 16:30, also ran with distinction on a wonderful day for the school’s cross-country section.

Meanwhile, Harry also had an excellent run, finishing third overall in the Under-13 Boys’ race and second in the Inter Regional event.

And Freya, a Year 8 pupil at Monmouth School for Girls, was 14th in her race and collected a bronze medal as part of the East Wales team.

Boys’ team manager, Dr Huw Evans, who was absolutely delighted with the’ achievements, also shone, finishing fifth overall in the Senior Men’s Inter Regional competition.

“Henry, Oliver and Rhys ran outstandingly well,” said Dr Evans.

“The final scorer is the most important member of the scoring team who invariably makes the crucial difference, so I would like to give Adam a special mention.

“It was great to see Adam back to form this year and enjoying his running so much.”

Dr Evans also paid tribute to Arthur, who took part on his 14th birthday after his rugby fixture was washed out; Connor and Charlie, who provided a great back-up to the other boys.

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