SIXTY YEARS AGO
Athletics events stole the show at Pontypridd Council's Air Show on Whit Monday 1960. By their conduct and sportmanship the athletes were a credit to Welsh Athletics and the people of Pontypridd were quick to show their appreciation.
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FIFTY YEARS AGO
Troedyrhiw AC decided in 1970 to hold track events at the Afon Taf track instead of their annual road races.
They were run in complete darkness and the timekeepers had to use cigarette lighters to read
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
In 1950 the Welsh AAA instituted a Plaque of Honour for valued services rendered by members and the first award was made posthumously to the late
Mr E W O'Donnell.
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The 76th Welsh Senior XC Champs held at a cold, wet and windy Swansea on
2 Feb 1980 were a bit
of an anti climax.
Steve Jones and Tony Simmons broke away from the field and decided to
run in together to create the first ever dead heat in the history of the race.
The first Schools' International Cross Country match was held at Clydebank, Scotland on 25 March 1972. The competing teams were Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the event was for senior age group athletes. Ireland dominated the event, winning both the individual and team events. England joined the party in 1973 and the event switched from the senior to the middle age group in 1975 and competition was provided for the junior age group in 1977.
Wales has hosted the event in 1973, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013.
To date Wales has only had four individual winners. In 1977 at Newtown in Wales Colin Clarkson from West Glamorgan won the middle boys event by five seconds. In 1981 at Swansea Debbie Crowley, also from West Glamorgan, won the junior girls event by some 80 metres wearing a daffodil pinned to her number. We had to wait until 2003 for another winner, when Non Stanford, from Afan Nedd Tawe, won the junior girls event by a margin of 16 seconds. 2013 saw Jac Hopkins, Afan Nedd Tawe, take the middle boys title by a clear 19 seconds.
The lists below provide full team details for Wales, giving information on date, venue, Wales team result, names of athletes with position, school district and performance time.
The information provided is nearly complete. There are only a couple of missing first names and school districts. Also on some occasions the names of athletes who did not finish or did not start are not known.
A great deal of research has been undertaken to produce these lists. Many thanks to Peter Morris (Welsh Schools' AA) for filling in some of the gaps.
Many thanks to Simon Williams, who competed in the 1990 event, for giving us some extra information on this event.
Any other amendments welcome!