Senior wins on home soil for Griffiths and Jones, while Harriet Knowles-Jones and Sam Stevens claim junior victories at Blackweir Fields
It was a Swansea senior double at the British Athletics Cross Challenge meeting in Cardiff on Sunday as Dewi Griffiths and Caryl Jones were among those to claim victory at Blackweir Fields.
Griffiths saw off the challenge from Chris Zablocki and a returning Charlie Hulson, who last competed in April 2015, to win at this event for the first time.
“I’ve been on the podium here a few times but the win has always alluded me,” said Griffiths. “It was a tough way to win it but it makes it even sweeter I guess.”
After four years of injury struggles, Jones led from start to finish to claim the senior women’s title ahead of Louise Small, Elle Vernon and Jessica Judd.
“I’m very pleased,” said Jones. “You can imagine after four years out the emotion when I crossed over that finish line, it’s a bit overwhelming.
“I probably need two hands to count how many stress fractures I have had. I was ready to give up in August but Alan (Storey, her coach) kept phoning and telling me to keep going. I’m glad he did now.”
In the women’s under-20 event, European junior cross-country silver medallist Harriet Knowles-Jones claimed her first Cross Challenge win of the 2015/16 series after two runner-up finishes so far. Sam Stevens was triumphant in the under-20 men’s race for his first victory in the Cross Challenge as he returned from an injury-blighted 2015.
Cari Hughes and Rob Huckle won the under-17 events, Mia Roberts and Lachlan Wellington claimed victories in the under-15 races and Femke Rosbergen and Tommy Dawson won the under-13 races.
» See the January 28 edition of AW magazine for full reports, pictures and results from Cardiff