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Duo’s international ambitions on hold for now.March 12th, 2020
Two cross-country aces at Monmouth School for Boys have to put their international ambitions on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Henry and Harry were due to represent Wales at a prestigious international fixture in Scotland on Saturday 21st March but all athletics activities have now been postponed until the end of April.
The duo, both 13 years of age and members of Newport Harriers, were set line up against the leading runners from England, Ireland and Scotland in the Schools International Athletics Board (SIAB) XC meeting in Falkirk.
The pair were in impressive form at Brecon as athletes from Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools picked up team bronze medals in two events at the Welsh Schools Districts Cross-Country Championships.
Running for the South East Wales Schools, Henry Evans finished an outstanding fourth – out of 80 competitors – in the Junior Boys’ race
With the first eight finishers guaranteed Welsh selection, Henry crossed the line in 17:26, just three seconds behind the winner, and achieved qualification – his aim since last August.
Henry made a concerted effort to get into the lead group from the start and throughout the race to make sure of his Welsh qualification.
Harry also had an excellent race, finishing ninth in 17:58 and has also been selected for Wales after a fine year in which he has been the second fastest over 1,500m in the age group.
The duo also combined with Oliver (18:40), who finished 16th, and the trio picked up a team bronze medal for South East Wales.
Another Monmouth pupil, Gwyndaf, also did well in the Junior Boys’ event and was 72nd in 21:20.
A student at Monmouth School for Girls, Freya, also celebrated a medal, picking up a deserved team bronze with South East Wales after finishing 32nd in 14:26 in the Junior Girls’ race.
In the Year 7 Boys’ race, John was 48th in 9:05 and Cameron, 78th in 10:22.
Rowan was 31st in 25:58 in the Senior Boys’ race.
Josh was 40th in 21:25 and Adam finished 47th in 21:53 in the Middle Boys’ event.
The Seniors Girls’ and Middle Girls’ distances were well represented by students at Monmouth School for Girls.
Ellie led the way for Monmouth, finishing 28th in 27:32 in the senior girls’ event.
Olivia (23:33) was 41st, Antonia (24:06) finished 50th and Erlina (24:28) came 55th in the Middle Girls’ race.