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Athletes book their places for Oakwood

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IT’s been a busy few days for school children across the Dyfed & Afan Nedd Tawe Districts last week.

Places at the Dyfed Championships were up for grabs in midweek whilst pupils in Afan Nedd Tawe headed to Margam Park for the Apollo Teaching Services cross country trial.

A few hundred School pupils from the four areas in Dyfed went head to head as runners looked to book their spots at this week’s Dyfed Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships at Oakwood Theme Park.

Pembrokeshire, Brianne, Ceredigion and Llanelli hosted area events on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday featuring nearly 30 schools. There were races for almost all year groups at secondary school level with all pupils invited to represent their school.

Fixtures began with the Year 7 athletes taking part in this competition for the very first time following their step up from primary over the summer. They were followed by the combined Year 8 and 9 race and Year 10 and 11. Distances varied by race with all competitors running around the perimeter of the fields.

Pembrokeshire Secondary Schools including Haverfordwest High School, Ysgol Harri Tudur, Ysgol Y Preseli, Ysgol Greenhill, Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi, Ysgol Bro Gwaun and Milford Haven School were the first to set off at Haverfordwest Racecourse.

Just a few hours later some 50 miles away at Ammanford Recreation Ground, Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth, Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, QE High School, and Llandovery College gathered outside the Rugby Club field for the Brianne Secondary Schools races.

This follows two league matches that have already been held in Brianne back in September and October. Other fixtures are scheduled for February and March 2019.

The Ceredigion Secondary Schools Championships certainly had the better of the conditions at the Urdd Campus in Llangrannog as the sun made an appearance despite the cold elements. Ysgol Aberaeron, Ysgol Bro Pedr, Ysgol Penweddig, Ysgol Penglais, Ysgol Emlyn, Ysgol Aberteifi, Ysgol Henry Richard and Ysgol Bro Teifi were all in attendance.

The fourth and final event of an action-packed week went to the 2019 Welsh Athletics Cross Country Championships hosts, Pembrey Country Park for the Llanelli Secondary Schools.

Runners from six schools had to contend with strong winds and driving rain, but luckily for pupils from Ysgol Y Strade, Ysgol Bryngwyn, Ysgol Coedcae, Ysgol Glan-Y-Mor, St Michaels School and St John Lloyd School, the underfoot conditions were ideal as is always the case at Pembrey.

Medals were awarded to the first three in each race and the event again incorporated an inter schools shield.

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Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest

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SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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Bike It 100: Kilgetty gears up for charity cycling event

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CYCLISTS from across the country are gearing up for the Kilgetty Bike It 100, a charity non-competitive cycling sportive set to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2024. Organised to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and Haverfordwest High School’s South Africa Rugby Tour 2025, the event promises a fun, friendly, and challenging day on the bike.

Participants can choose from three scenic routes of varying difficulty: 50.5 miles with an elevation of 3,400 feet, 77.8 miles with an elevation of 5,284 feet, and the full century route at 101.7 miles, climbing a total of 7,428 feet. Each route is meticulously planned with GPS guidance, direction markers, and designated water stops to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird entries are priced at £35 and are available until 31st May. Post this date, if slots remain, the entry fee will increase to £45. All participants will receive a commemorative Welsh slate medal upon completion. In addition to the ride, the event features organised outdoor BBQs, coffee stops, and well-earned drinks available for purchase at the finish, courtesy of Kilgetty Sports & Social Club.

The sportive has been a tremendous success in previous years, raising £12,000 in 2021 and 2023. Organisers hope to exceed this amount in 2024, bolstered by the community’s continued support and enthusiasm.

For more details and to register, participants can visit the British Cycling website or scan the QR code on the event poster. Queries can also be directed to [email protected].

Join us for a day of cycling through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, all while supporting two fantastic causes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ride, enjoy, and make a difference. Secure your spot today!

For more information, visit British Cycling Event Details.

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Pembrokeshire street footballers to represent Wales

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A WALES team full of Pembrokeshire footballers is heading to Dublin with their eyes on a major international prize.

Street Football Team Wales is taking part in the Irish Homeless Street League 20th Anniversary International Tournament between June 7th and 10th.

As well as a squad full of Pembrokeshire players, the Head Coach is also from the county.

Jo Price is a former Arsenal and Wales goalkeeper and now works as a Community Regeneration Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council.

Jo is a big advocate for Street Football, run through social inclusion charity Street Football Wales.

The squad train at The Garth Youth Project, known as the Hive, in Haverfordwest.

The national team training sessions have been taking place since February to prepare for the tournament.

Jo said: “It is always an honour to play for your country and to have a Wales team made up entirely of Pembrokeshire players is such a wonderful achievement for our county.

“Each of the players is an inspiration but a special shout-out must go to Captain Marie Tilley who has overcome cancer to lead her country.

“Last week the players were surprised with the news that when they take to the pitch in Dublin they will be wearing the official Wales football kit, their faces were a picture and our thanks goes to the Football Association of Wales who are also providing training and travel kit.”

Wales will take on Ireland, Spain, Romania, Poland and Scotland during the tournament.

Representing Wales are: Marie Tilley (C), Cerys Phillips, Freya Marshall, Niamh Mathias, Bryony Davies, Claire Mantripp, Shauna Bennett, Kayleigh Summers and Megan Tinley.

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