Rydal Penrhos’ national cross-country qualifiers have been speaking on their success in a recent interview.
Sam Randall, Mollie Smithfield and Samiya Garrod will head to Brecon on Saturday, March 18 for the Welsh School Final, after impressing in the Eryri regional event which saw them book their place at the showcase.
They have conducted an interview with Daily Post and North Wales Weekly News reporter Joy Burgess on all things related to the sport.
How do you feel about qualifying for the Welsh Schools Cross Country Final?
We were very happy to qualify, it was a tough race but everyone performed really well.
When did you start taking part in Cross Country?
We all started training in September at the start of term at various places and also at school.
What course do you enjoy running on most and why?
There are two courses that we most like running; there is the course at Parc Eirias which is tough and also the course we ran at Dolgellau where we qualified for the nationals, which was also very testing but brought out the best in us.
What has been your best time/distance so far?
Our time at the qualifiers was pretty fast, but it would be hard to say as we (Mollie and Samiya) also take part in Triathlons too so it is hard to say.
Do you prefer to do a fast start to steady pacing and as part of a group or individually?
It is definitely more beneficial to do a steady pacing start, that way you have lots more energy throughout the race and you can build up your momentum, rather than starting quick and running out of reserves in the most crucial part of the race.
Running in a group is also a lot better as you can track your progress in comparison to others, and your teammates can be there for a source of motivation if needed.
How often do you run?
It varies depending on our studies and other sports we play at Rydal Penrhos, but we try to get out between once and twice a week normally.
Do you enjoy any other sports?
We (Mollie and Samiya) also take part in Triathlon races, and have also been a part of the school swimming squad that qualified for the Urdd National Gala earlier this year.
We also take part in Rydal Penrhos’ Netball and Hockey teams.
Pick up a copy of the North Wales Weekly News tomorrow to see the interview in full.