Summer Campaign off to a great start...This Week's Round Up! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:59

Catch up with results and reports from fixtures held over the last 7 days...including the Senior League (Sunday), Pembrokeshire Harriers Open Meeting (Tuesday), Dyfed Schools Relays Competition (Wednesday) & Carmarthen Open Throws Meeting (Thursday)...


Welsh Athletics U17, U20 and Senior League - 22nd April

Last Sunday, the Welsh Athletics League made a return for athletes in the under 17, under 20 and senior age groups. Half of the events were open on the programme with a good number present starting off their summer campaigns.

Six Carmarthen Harriers members went to the Cardiff International Sports Stadium to take part. Alicia Samuel ran another solid run in the under 20 women's 100m to clock a time of 12.16. Lewis Evans was also in 100m action and came away with 11.74. Rhun Edwards ran the under 20 men's 400m race and ran under a minute in 57.10. Then it was up to the distance disciplines where Iestyn Williams and Tomos Rees were involved. Williams finished in 2.01.68 in the 800 metres while Rees took to the start line in the 1500m Steeplechase where his time of 4.40.04. Finally, over in the field, Danielle Jones took another comfortable victory in the women's discus with a best throw of 31.09m - a positive start to the track season.

The next match goes to Cwrt Herbert Athletics Track in Neath on the 20th of May followed by visits to Swansea and Newport.




Pembrokeshire Harriers Track & Field Open Meeting - 24th April

On Tuesday evening this week, we made the short journey down the A40 to our friends at Pembrokeshire Harriers, as they held their open track and field meeting at the Sir Thomas Picton School athletics track in Haverfordwest. It was the chance to showcase the club and encourage new athletes to join ahead of league matches.


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Despite the continuous heavy rain and strong winds throughout the day, conditions improved thankfully just in time for the start of the event which attracted over 60 competing athletes. The 75m, 100m, 300m, 800m, 1500m, long jump, shot and javelin disciplines were available for age groups starting at under 11 and working up to the seniors.

There were three Carmarthen Harriers in attendance competing for the first time in a competitive competition. In the under 11 girls, Soffia-Mai Davies and Nia Seren Thomas enjoyed competing with each other on their season debuts. Davies recorded 13.0 in the 75m, followed by a strong run out in the 800m (3.13.9) and a leap of 2.52m in the long jump. Meanwhile, Thomas went in the same three events and recorded 13.8 in the sprint, 3.18.2 800m and 2.32m in the long jump.

The third in action was under 13 Carys Wood started off in the 100m (17.2). After a short break, her 3.01.2 put her in fourth place in the 800m and finished off the evening with a best jump of 2.86m over in the sand.

A great evening of laid back athletics down in West Wales with plenty of smiling faces and friendly volunteers!




Dyfed Secondary Schools Relays & 800m Competition - 25th April

Back in Carmarthenshire less than 24 hours later, Wednesday afternoon (25th April) saw an excellent annual relays competition for school pupils in years 7 to 13. It attracted a large number of children from over 10 Dyfed secondary schools in Ceredigion, Brianne, Llanelli and Pembrokeshire and there was a great atmosphere for this opening fixture of the new schools' summer athletics competition.

Teams and representatives from Bro Dinefwr, Bro Myrddin, Bro Gwaun, Dyffryn Aman, Dyffryn Taf, Emlyn, QE High, Greenhill, Maes Y Gwendraeth, Henry Richard, Strade and St John Lloyd took part all hoping to find early season form in preparation for the upcoming area and Dyfed athletics competitions in the next few months.


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The events were the sprint relays 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m and the individual 800m races for all age groups. There were some exciting races and close finishes as those on the side lines supported their school mates and friends.

The afternoon's programme got underway with the 4 x 100m relay sprint and saw winning times recorded from Bro Myrddin, QE High with Dyffryn Aman taking the two senior victories. In the corresponding girls' side, Dyffryn Aman again won two of the age groups with Bro Dinefwr and Dyffryn Taf claiming victory in between.

4 x 200m sprint relays were also held with four in a team still applying. Dyffryn Aman picked up a number of wins here, three in total. Only Dyffryn Taf stopped the whitewash happening. Bro Dinefwr were rewarded in the upper age groups of the girls getting two first places along with Dyffryn Aman and Bro Myrddin in the remaining two races.

The event incorporated an individual 800m set of races with all athletes going off in one final. Chloe Hale (Bro Gwaun) and Jack Thomas (QE High) took comfortable victories in the first two year 7 races with good times. Jac Hockenhull (Henry Richard) and Daisy Thompson (Bro Myrddin) then ran away from the rest of the field to take the year 8 and 9 age group. Macsen Llewellyn (Dyffryn Aman); Siwan Jones-Evans (Bro Dinefwr); Iestyn Williams (Bro Dinefwr) and Ellie Kiff (Bro Dinefwr) were winners in the year 10-13 races picking up good points for their respective schools, which turned out to be valuable.

Another strong turnout from Ammanford's youngsters in Ysgol Dyffryn Aman saw their fine winning streak continue, retaining their title for the fifth year in succession as they won the trophy but this time by only three points from Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Llandeilo who also fielded good teams. Local school, QE High again finished in the top three...

1 Dyffryn Aman 108; 2 Bro Dinefwr 105; 3 QE High 72; 4 Dyffryn Taf 51; 5 Bro Myrddin 47; 6 Greenhill 39; 7 Maes Y Gwendraeth 19; 8 Bro Gwaun 7; 8 Henry Richard 7; 10 Y Strade 5; 10 St John Lloyd 5



Boys Results / Canlyniadau Bechgyn

Girls Results / Canlyniadau Merched

Overall Result / Canlyniad Terfynol


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Welsh Athletics MDAC Middle Distance Series - 25th April

An hour up the M4 in East Wales...Welsh Athletics were pleased to announce a number of new event specific open meeting throughout the summer, following on from the #RunWithTheWind Sprint Open evenings as well as our Carmarthen Open Throws Meetings. They provide developing athletes with graded competitions and a shared experience with like-minded athletes and individuals. The first MDAL Middle Distance Series fixture took place at the new Cardiff Metropolitan's track facility on Wednesday with around 90 entries.

Two athletes went up to compete in the 1500m heats and both came away with new personal bests. Dafydd Jones clocked in 4:25:75 in the first heat of four followed by Liam Edwards' time of 4:24:29 a short time after.




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Carmarthen Open Throws Meeting 1 - April 26th


After a busy winter of indoor training, throwers of all abilities and ages were able to get their summer campaigns started in Johnstown on Thursday evening (26th April) at a sunny Carmarthen Leisure Centre, where the first of four 2018 Carmarthen Open Throws Meeting was held, attracting a total of more than 30 athletes from clubs such as Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Swansea Harriers, Cardiff Archers, Pontyclun AC, Cardiff AAC and Neath Harriers.

The throws open has now become a popular annual fixture on the Welsh Athletics calendar and has been going strong for 8 years with familiar faces coming back each month. Arranged by Carmarthen & District Harriers AC, the series in West Wales takes place on the final Thursday of each month in April, May, June and July totalling four midweek meetings.

It continues to be organised by the Harriers club javelin coach Ralph Siggery. The under 13 plus competition gives young and senior athletes from clubs across South Wales and further afield the opportunity to improve on their personal power of 10 best performances.


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The #RunWithTheWind Sprints Open & MDAC Middle Distance Series, run by Welsh Athletics are the other open meetings currently taking place throughout the summer in Wales.

The likes of Bethany Moule, James Tomlinson, Brett Morse and Aled Davies as well as a few Paralympic athletes are just some big names who have been regular attendees at the throws meetings and continue to be great models for the future generation. They have gone on to represent Wales and Great Britain in top international competitions.

Tomlinson and Moule are two athletes who headed out to the World Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas last summer to throw the discus and javelin respectively. In addition, Moule got her season off to the perfect start as she threw a new Welsh under 17 record of over 52 metres on her first appearance of the season at the Swansea Open Meeting at the start of the month.

Tomlinson told us ahead of his first open throws event in Carmarthen: "I find the Carmarthen Throws events great. There is a great atmosphere which allows you to relax and enjoy! It's a great indicator early on to see what form you are in, especially if the sun is shining." James was unlucky to throw just 19cm off the World Junior qualifier with 57.81m !

"I know my goals this year, I have written down what I and my team want to achieve in this forthcoming season. In the meantime, I am going to have a good time and try and perform to the best of my ability. Competition wise I see hope to be featured at the World Junior Championships in July."

Neath Harrier Moule also said: "I find the Carmarthen throws extremely useful. The first Carmarthen Open is very early on in the season and therefore it gives me a good indication of how well I'm performing and how effective my winter training has been. I really enjoy going there as it's a very chilled out atmosphere. They allow great opportunities for throwers to get extra competitions and the officials are very helpful."

"My aims for this season are to qualify for the European Youth Championships in Hungary in July and to compete for Wales at SIAB and Celtic Games. I am hoping to further my new Welsh record to beyond 55 metres this season."

Thursday Evening's opener saw the javelin, discus and shot disciplines open to athletes. Javelin best performances in each age group came from Cordelia Walker U13G (Carmarthen Harriers); Chloe Jones U15G (Swansea Harriers); Lili Church U17W (Carmarthen Harriers); Amy Evans U20W (Carmarthen Harriers); Harri Howells U13B (Carmarthen Harriers); Harley Lewis U15B (Pembrokeshire Harriers); Joshua Wilton U17M (Swansea Harriers); Caleb Nicholas U20M (Pembrokeshire Harriers) and Nathan James SM (Swansea Harriers).

Onto event two of three...the shot put. The following athletes were victorious in their respective categories - Mia Williams U13G (Pontyclun AC); Nia Williams U15G (Carmarthen Harriers); Ellie Beddall U17W (Cardiff Archers); Lucy Griffiths SW (Cardiff AAC); Kacper Krawcewicz U13B (Carmarthen Harriers); Dafydd Pawlett U15B (Pembrokeshire Harriers); Harley Thomas U17M (Swansea Harriers) and Caleb Nicholas U20M (Pembrokeshire Harriers).

As darkness fell on Carmarthen's track, the discus throwers took centre stage inside the cage. There were winning distances recorded by Lucy Harries U13G (Swansea Harriers); Chloe Jones U15G (Swansea Harriers); Holly Cooper U17W (Swansea Harriers); Danielle Jones U20W (Carmarthen Harriers); Conor O'Shaughnessy U13B (Swansea Harriers); Michael Jenkins U15B (Pembrokeshire Harriers); Harry Davies U17M (Neath Harriers) and James Tomlinson U20M (Pembrokeshire Harriers).


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Carmarthen Harriers Press & Media Officer Nathan Jones added: "It is pleasing to see the Carmarthen Open Throws Meetings still succeeding after several years. While it gives some of the more experienced seniors a practice path ahead of major competitions, for others in the junior age groups the event gives them the extra opportunity to improve their own goals and confidence in a friendly event, while gaining experience at the same time."

"The club is grateful to the small army of regular volunteers from a number of clubs who ensure that these sort of events continue to go from strength to strength as well as the athletes themselves who attend. We're always looking for more help!"


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Future Carmarthen Open Throws Dates are: Thursday 24th May (Javelin & Shot); Thursday 28th June (Javelin & Hammer) and Thursday 26th July (Javelin & Discus). All athletes from clubs are welcome to attend with performances also being recorded on power of 10.