Speedy Harry is new East Wales Cross-Country champion

Thu, 16 Nov 2017

In-form Monmouth athlete Harry D is the new East Wales Under 11 Boys Cross-Country champion.

The Monmouth School Boys’ Prep pupil won the title at Brecon which also doubled as the second race in the Gwent Cross-Country League.

Harry (pictured with Swansea Harrier Dewi Griffiths, who won the senior men’s race) fifth in the Gwent League novice boys’ event.

Team-mate Seb was also in top form, finishing sixth in the East Wales Championships and 21st in the league, while John was 14th and 44th.

The three athletes helped Monmouth’s A team to second place in the East Wales Championships.

The school’s A team also included Tom K, who was 49th, for the Gwent League competition and they are now fourth overall.

Jacob, Tom, Frankie and Ben formed the school’s B team and they amassed 254 league points for a respectable 13th place finish out of 49 teams.

Harry G and Gabriel also impressed for Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, adding 78 points as the C team finished in 26th position.

Mr Dawes, who runs the Monmouth School Boys’ Prep cross-country team, said: “Six of our runners improved their finishing positions in a field which had 122 starters compared to 118 at Cardiff last time out.

“Our first four runners’ home scored 371 points for our A team which is a new record for the school in the Gwent League.

“Our A team was also the sixth highest placed team in the league and only eight points behind Cardiff Archers. As a result of the boys’ continued excellent form, our A team are now fourth overall in the Gwent League standings – our highest position.”

The Monmouth boys are now preparing for the next Gwent League race at Pembrey Country Park near Llanelli on Sunday 3rd December.

The fourth and fifth Gwent League races of the season take place in Pontypool in February and in Bristol in March.

The Monmouth runners can also look forward to the Welsh Cross-Country Championships in Swansea in February, Tockington Manor School Cross-Country Relays, and the National Prep School Cross-Country Championships at Malvern College.