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 Welsh Schools National Cross Country Championships were held at Newtown High School in Montgomeryshire on 4 March 1961.
A special programme was produced for the 2011 championships to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Championships. This programme included a magnificent detailed history of this event which had been researched by Pete Morris.
We are grateful to Kath Elias, Chair of WSAA, and to Pete Morris for permission to use the results and extracts from the history in the standard format used by this website.
The Welsh Schools AA was founded in March 1946 and the first National Track and Field Championships were held in 1947, so it is odd that it took until 1961 to hold cross country championships.
This first event received good press coverage in the Western Mail with a picture of the SB winner Peter Bate of Cardiff HS. The report reads: "Glamorgan won the senior and junior events in the Welsh Secondary Schools AA cross country championships at Newtown on Saturday. In the gruelling three-and-half-mile race the Glamorgan Team captain Peter Bate crossed the finishing line first in 20 min 45 sec. Second was Aultram of Flintshire (20:48) and third Hatton of Monmouth (21:4 min). Team positions were 1 Glamorgan; 2 Monmouth; 3 Carmarthen. P Morgan, of Glamorgan, led the field in the junior two and half mile race, and finished in 14:28. He was followed closely by this teammate N Martin (14:4) with C Loosley (14:41), of Denbigh, third. Final team positions:1 Glamorgan; 2 Flintshire; 3 Brecon & Radnor. It was the first national cross country championships to be held for schools, and after the success of it, it is almost certain to become an annual event."
In 1970 events for Middle Boys, Senior Girls and Junior Girls were added and middle girls followed in 1974. 1974 also saw a change in the date of age group eligibility to the 1st January in the year of competition. Finally in 2004 events for Year 7 Girls and Boys were included.
Championships results listed below give the first three athletes in each age group with their schools and times.
Missing first names and performances would be welcome.