Junior Home Internationals
Junior Home Internationals
The Junior Home Internationals took place Sat/Sun 23rd/24th Sept near Stirling - with the Individual competition being held on Saturday at Dumyat, and the Relays on Sunday at Polmaise.
England took the trophies as overall winners, and as winners of the Individual competition on Saturday.
Scotland took the trophy for being the Relay winners on Sunday.
Wales beat Ireland to take home the Judith Wingham trophy
The individuals were held on Saturday 23rd September at Dumyat - good open moorland above Stirling University. It was a fine day following the previous evenings downpours which had left some local roads flooded near Stirling. Unfortunately, the weather didn't hold through till Sunday which took place at Polmaise Woods near CAmbusbarron. The dark overcast day and the rain made the woods quite dark. Good runnable bits of woods, linked by some sections of rhododendron.
The 2005 JHI was held on 24-25 September on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales.
Final Points Scores
M18 M16 M14 TOTAL W18 W16 W14 TOTAL IND TOTAL WALES 13 3 11 27 9 13 5 27 54 ENGLAND 10 15 13 38 15 8 14 37 75 SCOTLAND 9 8 9 26 6 12 12 30 56 IRELAND 4 10 3 17 6 3 5 14 31 RELAY BOYS GIRLS TOTAL WALES 18 20 38 ENGLAND 24 30 54 SCOTLAND 24 16 40 IRELAND 6 6 12 OVERALL RESULTS ENGLAND 129 SCOTLAND 96 WALES 92 IRELAND 43
Hampsfell and Cartmel - 4/5th September 2004
Northern Ireland - 2003
Day 1 - Individual
Cerys took 1st place in W18, Jonathan and Becky were 3rd in M/W14. The points won as follows
Day 2 - Relays
We put out 2 Boys' teams, coming home 3rd (Rhys, Rhodri, Jonathan) and 8th (Michael, Nick, Matthew). The Girls' teams came 4th (Cerys, Clare, Becky) and 6th (Lizzie, Jenny, Anwen). The points score was 14 points for the Boys, 16 points for the Girls, a total of 30 points.
Overall Results for JHI 2003
Individual Relay Total England 75 50 125 Scotland 65 48 113 Wales 42 30 72 Ireland 30 16 46
Wales had the glory of winning the Judith Wingham trophy on its debut.Thanks go to David Seward and Anne & Colin Darlington for giving up their free time, and missing work, so that the Junior Squad could all compete in Ireland. Also, to the coaches for all their hard work over the years. The WOA subsidised this event.
Kate Balmond - Team Manager
After much deliberation, we decided to send a team of 3 girls and 2 boys to the JHI, with the usual format of the first two counting in each class:
W14 M14 Anwen Darlington ERYRI Jonathan Dallimore SWOC Beccy Hoare ERYRI Michael Bryant SPLOT Lauren Ferrand SWOC W16 M16 Clare Dallimore SWOC Rhodri Buffett SWOC Jenny Hoare ERYRI Matthew Jones SBOC Sian Fryer ERYRI W18 M18 Cerys Manning SWOC Rhys Findlay Robinson ERYRI Sian Roberts Dan Tinker Lizzie Goodband POW Nick Tinker Kate Balmond Dave Seward Anne Darlington Colin Darlington
Pitlochry, Scotland - 12/13th September 2002
The Welsh Squad assembled on the Friday night at Tumnel Bridge Caravan Park via North Wales minibus, South Wales minibus, car and train. Most of us had been on the road for about 11 hours. Nevertheless spirits were high and as always there was lots to catch up on.
We had 3 caravans allocated to us and set about sorting out who was going where. Joe and Rhys FR were lucky enough to be sharing a van with me.
On Saturday morning the first starts were at 11.30, thankfully not too early a start. It was a half-hour drive to the area, which was newly mapped.
The start was on top of the hill (you may be forgiven for thinking that this meant not much climb but you would be very wrong), most of the courses still had 150m climb. The area was physically very tough.
team did extremely well but the highlight of the day was Cerys Manning winning
W16 despite being first in the forest (why did we put her off first you may well
ask - well we didn't but that's another story) and Rhodri Buffet (again an early
starter) 3rd on M14.
– FASCALLY 2
girls teams and 1 ad hoc, 2 boys teams. Our W16's had the honour of the mass
start; Cerys, Sian and Sian were all on the start line. 46 mins later the Welsh
went mad as Cerys came into view leading by about 2 minutes. She handed over to
Becky who flew off into the forest pursued by 3 English teams. The team
eventually finishing 7th. A superb run giving the other nations a real scare.
On the start line for the boys were Rhys Findlay Robinson and Matthew. Again a good start made by Wales, Rhys coming in 4th, handing on to Rhodri who had a superb run bringing the team up to 2nd, 5 seconds behind the leaders. The team finished 6th, another excellent result.
The relays were run in brilliant sunshine with all the Welsh runners finishing with their team mates running up the run in together with their flags flying high.
Superb results in a demanding forest against top class competition.
We had a sit down three course meal, which
everyone enjoyed. Then on to dancing with Disco Dave (no not me, though I showed
them all a few sharp moves), the evening was given a little extra when Disco
Dave took a shine to Colin Darlington (and that really is another story for when
the kids are tucked up in bed!!!!), mind you he was wearing a blue ABBA outfit
and blond wig (not Colin). By the end of the night we were all up on the dance
floor (even the coaches).
The thing that struck me most about the weekend was not the excellent results by the team but the enthusiasm and team spirit shown by one and all. As a small nation we often struggle to take a full team, with many of our youngsters doing a tremendous job 'running up' but we will never be beaten on attitude and sheer determination.
And we always do it with a smile on our faces, I even had an English runner come up to me and ask if he could join our team because we always seem to have so much fun!! Well done to you all.
James ran with Irish team N/C
6-7 October 2001