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WELSH CLUBS TO THE FORE

CARDIFF AND SWANSEA FIGHT OUT AN ALLCELTIC BATTLE IN THE MEN’S RACE, WHILE AFD’S WOMEN HOLD OFF BIRCHFIELD

ERRA NATIONAL RELAYS

PICTURES: MARK SHEARMAN

Danal Desta (73) of Swansea is among the front-runners on the first leg

FOR THE first time all the age groups’ races were crammed into a single day. The weather was perfect and the rain that fell elsewhere was avoided.

The results gave the lie to the name of these championships as Celtic invaders dominated the men’s race where Cardiff just edged out Welsh rivals Swansea and Scotland’s Andrew Butchart, so impressive in the Rio Olympics 5000m, posted the fastest men’s lap for Central AC and the second quickest was Swansea’s Dewi Griffiths.

The third-placed men’s club, Liverpool Harriers, were the top English outfit and they received a sword as a trophy for the best Northern team. Derby’s Ben Connor was the fastest Englishman.

Andrew Butchart: 16:29 lap is the fastest since 2003

Butchart’s 16:29 was the quickest for the men’s 5847m lap since course specialist Chris Davies set the present course record of 16:25 in 2003 and the second fastest ever since this circuit was first used in 2001.

Jess Judd was awarded the fastest women’s lap medal for her 14:11 for the women’s 4315m loop, but later scrutiny of the results showed that

Kate Hulls, with 13:58, was significantly quicker for an incomplete Bristol & West team.

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