Humphries takes Welsh title

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 20 Feb '11

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Afan Humphries (385), with sliver medalist Rob Samuel

The Welsh Cross Country Champs went off in north east Wales yesterday with a great win for youngster Afan Humphries in the mens race. Non Stanford made it weekend to remember for Swansea Harriers as she took the womens title…

Full results are now online at the Welsh Athletics site, with some nice images from Neale Lewis-Jones on Facebook. However, the story of day could well be the size of the fields that took part.

© Neale Lewis-Jones

Whilst the English National senior races logged 1300 (men) and 550 (women) finishers, the Scots also had a healthy 450 men and 200 women who completed the races. In this context the numbers in Wales were pretty poor, with just 67 men and 33 women competing, and perhaps most worrying a sorrowful 7 in the junior (U20) mens race.

With a proud tradition in Wales for producing some top class endurance athletes, and many league races in Wales attracting many hundreds of runners, we are sure that Welsh Athletics will be doing their utmost to address this worrying situation of non-attendance at what should be the pinnacle of the season for Welsh cross country runners.

© Neale Lewis-Jones

The start-finish straight at the Welsh XC champs

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  1. iain Feb 21, 10:07 AM

    I reckon add it to the English at Alton Towers, mixes up the competition at the front, makes it a much bigger event. Hasn’t the Welsh XC champs been a bit of a none show for years?

    We do many of the mountain and ultra trial races with the English so the precedent is set..

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