2014 Welsh League events ...

Round 1 Calf-burner 'Cross
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Round 2 Amman Valley 'Cross
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Round 3 Foxley 'Cross
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Round 4 Showground 'Cross
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Round 5 Beacons 'Cross
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Round 6 Melin Mynach 'Cross
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Round 7 Hafren CC 'Cross
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Round 8 'Cross by the Sea
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Round 9 Gilwern 'Cross
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Final Christmas 'Cross
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Calf-burner 'Cross/2010 Welsh League Round 5 Llantarnam High School

There was a last-minute change of venue for the Cardiff JIF promoted Calf-burner ‘Cross and Llantarnam High School became another addition to the list of new venues getting the thumbs up from the riders. The course made good use of the banking around the playing field and the tracks through the adjacent pockets of woodland. As has often been the case this season, overnight rain made for heavy ground and wet grass on the day and some slippery roots and turns that had many a rider on the ground.

Another large field of U10s lined up well before their start time, with their parents just as eager for racing to begin. The Abergavenny RC duo of Mitchell Cole and Llewellyn Price led the field across the line to complete the first lap but thereafter it was business as usual as Owain Roberts (Towy Riders) and Huw Higgins-Worrall (Abergavenny RC) began to distance themselves from the others in their quest for victory. With two wins each and only metres between them it could go either way. Although Roberts was in the lead both looked strong and a slip on a root or up the bank could make all the difference. However, hard though he tried, Higgins-Worrall was unable to catch the Towy Rider and Roberts claimed his 3rd victory, with Mitchell Cole holding off Llewellyn Price for 3rd. Eluned King was comfortably 1st U10 Girl and team-mate Josh Tarling was back to winning ways in the U8s ahead of Aled Trott (Abergavenny RC) and newcomer Bevan Smith (Maindy Flyers).

The U12s race was as eagerly awaited, and the support equally as vocal, as the U10s. Jessica Roberts (Towy Riders) soon established her now customary lone break off the front with Abergavenny RC’s Megan James and Nathan Ford and Newport Velo’s Tillett brothers in hot pursuit. While Roberts held her lead, James and Ford dropped the Tilletts and then James dropped Ford. But this time Roberts could not be caught and she took her first, well-deserved win of the season ahead of James and Ford.

The promoting club’s Adam King continued his dominance of the Youth race with Owen James 2nd and Scott Davies (both Towy Riders) holding off Geraint Manley (Cardiff JIF) for 3rd. Nicholas Jones (also Towy Riders) took another victory in the U14s ahead of Abergavenny RC’s Alister Williams and Teifion Best and Bethan Manley (Newport Velo) was 1st U14 Girl.

With William Worrall in Ipswich at the National Trophy event, it was Joe Lally (CC Abergavenny) who stepped up to challenge League leader Andrew Baum (Cwmcarn Paragon). Like Baum, Lally is having a very good ‘cross season and this race turned out to be his best so far. But Baum has been as dominant in the Senior race this season as King has been in the Youth and the chasers were soon strung out behind him. Lally finished over a minute down on Baum with George Rose (Abergavenny RC) a further minute behind. Matthew Thompson (Cardiff JIF) crossed the line well ahead of his Junior rival Luke Cornish (Cwmcarn Paragon), Ross Porter (also Cwmcarn Paragon) was 1st Veteran and Melanie Alexander (Cardiff JIF) 1st Woman.

See photos of the event on the Towy Riders website >>