FOUR members of the successful Maldwyn Harriers Athletics Club have returned from Northern Ireland with bronze medals after competing in the Junior Home International Mountain Running Championships.

Caitlyn Bloor, Maddy Griffiths, Aled Breeze and Deri McCluskey were joined by coach Sharon Jones in representing their club in the red of Wales at the annual championships which were this year held in Mournes in County Down in Northern Ireland

Each have emerged through the junior set-up at the Newtown-based athletics club to earn Welsh vests.

The Harriers were the best represented athletics club in the Welsh squad which competed against the best of their peers selected from England, Scotland and Republic of Ireland at under 20s and under 17s level.

County Times: Maddie Griffiths in action in Northern Ireland.

Maddie Griffiths in action in Northern Ireland.

While none of the Harriers ended up on the podium their efforts were rewarded with bronze medals in both the girls under 17s and boys under 17s team events.

Llanymynech’s Deri McCluskey crossed the line in eighth spot in the boys race with a time of 24:03 while team-mate Breeze, from Newtown, ended 13th in a time of 25:34.

Meanwhile Welshpool’s Maddie Griffiths ended the girls event in 11th position with a time of 28:46 while Caitlyn Bloor ended in 20th place in 31:42.

As such Wales secured team bronze in both the girls and boys categories.

The club has already celebrated coach Owen Chesher being recognised with a Welsh Athletics Regional Volunteer award for his outstanding contribution to the Harriers and mid Wales athletics over many years.