Welsh Regional Championships returns plus bumper weekend schedule of events round up... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:32

May 9-13: The Welsh Athletics Regional Championships returned for 2018 over the weekend at Cardiff, Neath and Deeside, plus there are several other events to catch up on from local West Wales events...


On a bumper weekend of track and field and road events up and down the country, the weekend of the 12th and 13th of May saw the Welsh regions host their respective athletics championships across three venues in the space of twenty four hours.

All eyes was on Cardiff International Sports Stadium in the Welsh capital on Saturday for the joint South & East Wales Athletics Championships before a double header on the Sunday. West Wales athletes headed to Neath's Cwrt Herbert Sports Centre while for North Wales athletes, Deeside's athletics track welcomed the competitors and officials.

We were based in Neath earlier today (Sunday) and our main report of the weekend comes from the West Wales Championships...


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Over in Neath, the conditions for the 2018 West Wales Outdoor Athletics Championships a few days before Sunday did not look ideal, however the forecast changed and the day itself was welcomed with dry and warm weather for the best part of the day. The good weather and light winds helped see some new championship bests recorded in a number of events, including the under 15 boys 800m, under 20 women's 1000m walk, women's pole vault, under 17 men's 200m and under 20 men's discus competitions.

Having been held in Carmarthen last year, it was the turn of Neath Harriers to host this time round on Sunday last, 13th May at the Cwrt Herbert Athletics Track. This was the first of many upcoming fixtures to take place there in the Afan Nedd Tawe district, with the Youth Development League for under 13 and under 15, Welsh Athletics under 17, under 20 and senior league as well as the under 11 and under 13 inter club triangular and Louise Arthur matches to come in the next few weeks.

The championships were open to all age groups from under 13, under 15, under 17, under 20 and seniors with all track and field events available. In the West Wales championships, there was a record entry of over 300 athletes having entered from the region's athletics clubs including Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Llanelli AAC, Swansea Harriers & Neath Harriers along with a few outside the region. East and South Wales colours were out on the track in the opening event of the day, where the 1000m walk for all age groups was incorporated into the West championship The event began at 11am in the morning and due to the high number of field competitors in particular, the final javelin and discus events for under 13 and under 15 boys and girls went on until shortly before 7pm.

West Wales medals were awarded to the top three in each event and each age group throughout the day.

A long day for many of our Welsh Athletics and club officials and volunteers and organisers so a big thanks on behalf of the West Wales Athletics Regional Council for their contributions on a successful day for the hosts and region.


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The weekend got off to a good start for the Carmarthen Harriers club up at the steeplechase event for West Wales incorporated into the South & East joint championship. Tomos Rees made the trip up the M4 and came away with a gold medal winning performance in the under 17 men's 1500m steeplechase with a time of 4:43:99. Over in the under 13 girls' 800m straight final, Chloe Hale took the second gold medal of the day (2:38:30)

Beca Roberts was in action in the first two events of the day, starting off with two under 17 women's silver medals in the 300mH (47.27) and the High Jump (1.50m). Her teammate Lili Church in a field of three took victory on her return from victory with a best jump of 1.55m. Staying in the early field events, there was a silver medal performance from Jessica Lee in the under 13 girls Long Jump (4.31m).

The 800m distance straight finals brought plenty of success to the club as it has done over the cross country season too. In the under 13 boys 800m first off, Jack Thomas led from the gun to win comfortably (2.29.53) and was then followed in by teammate Iwan Thomas who finished strongly (2.38.35). After winning gold and silver, Dafydd Jones in the under 15 boys' 800m (2.05.26) added to the early tally running well in an exciting race which saw a championship record recorded. Trystan Leech was the fourth Harrier to pick up a medal in a short space of time, taking the under 20 men's title in the combined senior race (2.08.06).

There were a number of heats, as predicted for the 100m sprint races. Sophia Reid-Thomas won her heat to make her one of the favourites for the final. She did not disappoint to win silver (13.58) behind the Swansea athlete. She then went on to claim a second silver of the afternoon in the 200m final a few hours later. Thaia Davies in the under 15 girls also made it through to the final, just missing out on a medal in 4th place (13.61). There were two of our athletes contesting the fast running senior men's finals and it saw Glen Elsdon take the win in a very close finish (10.89) with Lewis Evans matching Davies' result in fourth just a second away from third (11.28). However, there was good news for Evans later on in the 200m, where he came third in a photofinish and deserved his bronze medal (23.90).

During mid afternoon, the 1500m took centre stage with rather small fields taking to the start line. Another six medals were won here in six age groups. First to go were the combined under 13 boys and under 13 girls 1500m event. Jake Lynock was the third boy back home (5.23.57) with Amy Greatrick also securing third in the corresponding girls' race (5.30.60). Faye Jones also competing here did not finish and wish her a speedy recovery!

The under 15 category saw a complete domination from the Johnstown club with London Mini Marathon runners Frank Morgan and Daisy Thompson claim West Wales victories respectively. Morgan was the race winner in this field of only three (4.36.67) with Thompson taking runners up spot in under 5 minutes (4.59.96) In the penultimate race of the day, the combined under 17, under 20 and senior men's 1500m, there was another one-two finish for Carmarthen, this time coming from eventual race winner Iestyn Williams (4.24.17) and Paul Clarke (4.33.51). Both took gold medals in their respective age groups.

Ahead of the 200m heats where under 13 boys Thomas (32.07) and Lynock (35.67) took part, Ellie Loweth in her favourite 300m final won silver in the under 15 girls' final (44.32). Under 13 girl Lee was back in action in the 70m Hurdles heats and final before eventually coming in 5th in the final (12.79)

Back to the field events, it was a trip worthwhile for Cordelia Walker in the under 13 girls age group. She won her first of two gold medals in the javelin competition (26.62m) before matching this result in the final discus event of the day later on Sunday evening (20.44m). There were also winning throws recorded by Nia Williams in the under 15 girls shot put (10.50m) and a new personal best for Morgan Batten in the under 15 boys javelin event last on (41.83m). Over in the under 13 boys shot, Kacper Krawcewicz won silver with consistent throws (7.32m). Elsewhere, the under 13 girls shot combined in with the U15G saw two in action - Lee threw 6.79m in fourth and Elen Williams with a best of 6.49m just one place further back.

A small team present of 26...but plenty of medals won and brilliant performances and results - 15 gold, 7 silver, 4 bronze - 26 in total. Good effort from each and every one.


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West Wales Outdoor Athletics Championships 2018 - Neath - 13th May



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FieldFest Swansea: The open meeting for field returned to Swansea on Wednesday 9th May with the high jump, long jump, hammer and pole vault events held for all age groups. Lili Church in the under 17 women's category was there, jumping a best of 1.55m in the high jump.

Swansea Bay Summer 5km Series: David Jones was third overall in the opening evening of the series down at Swansea Bay on a stunning evening. He then a few days later repeated his performance with another third at the Jan Younger Memorial 2018 race in a finish time of 37:01.

Preseli Bach, Beast & Ultra: Some of the Harriers seniors headed West for the 2018 edition of the Preseli Beast and Bach on Saturday for a challenging run around the Preseli's with a 1700ft of climbing on a very tough terrain. Bach Results: Joanne Bowes (1:56:35); Peter Moody (2:06:55); Magda Jones (3:11:53); Andrea Brabrook (3:11:55) - Beast Results: Huw Davies (4:35:36)

BMC Grand Prix: Under 20 athlete Ben Thomas headed to SportsCity in Manchester on Saturday for the BMC Grand Prix. Competing in the 2,000 steeplechase, Thomas set a new personal best of 5:57:89 as well as securing a new club record for the event and European under 18 British qualifying standard in the process, well done!

Urdd Gobaith Cymru Gwyl Chwaraeon Ysgolion Cynradd: Dros y penwythnos, wnaeth Gwyl Chwaraeon Cynradd, a drefnwyd gan yr Urdd, dychwelyd i gaeau Blaendolau yn Aberystwyth gyda nifer fawr o ysgolion yn cymryd rhan. Prynhawn Dydd Sadwrn, fe wnaeth gystadleuaeth traws gwlad cael ei chynnal i fechgyn a marched blynyddoedd 3 i 6 gyda torf mawr wedi dod allan i gefnogi'r cystadleuwyr.

Ar ol ennill darian Pencampwriaeth Athletau Ysgolion Cynradd Sir Gar gynharach yr wythnos hon, fe wnaeth Ysgol Y Dderwen ennill cystadleuaeth y tim wrth ennill y nifer fwyaf o bwyntiau yn Aberystwyth / After winning the Carmarthenshire Primary Schools Athletics shield earlier this week, Ysgol Y Dderwen won the team trophy by winning the most points in Aberystwyth. Congratulations!


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Llanelli Festival of Triathlons Weekend: It's been a successful start for the Healthy Life Activities team so far at the Ammanford and Carmarthen Triathlons as well as the Carmarthen Mayor Races, and over the weekend of 11-13 May, elite and novice competitors took to the water and the road in a number of events held in three days.

First up was the Sospan Charity Swim on the Friday evening, before the return of the popular Llanelli Junior Duathlon early on Saturday morning. After also hosting the Llanelli Sospan Sprint Tri and Llanelli Para Tri, the fourth and final event was the Llanelli Sprint Tri on Sunday morning where over 350 athletes crossed the finish line on a perfect morning. Each event varied in its distances with the swim, bike and run completed.

Carmarthen Harriers athletes including Lisa Forest, Dafydd Bowen, Daniel Warrender, Aron Bowen, Ifan Bowen, Liam Edward and Eva Edwards were in action at these well attended fixtures.

Trapp 4.8 Mile & Junior 2.7 mile Charity Run: The annual event returned to the Cennen Arms on Sunday as many local runners of all ages got involved while raising money for different causes. Following his impressive win in the Carmarthen Mayor 5k race on Bank Holiday Monday, Amman Valley Harriers' Rob Davies continued where he left off up near the Amman Valley to comfortably take victory in 26:45. In second place in the men's was Phillip Morris from Brecon AC with Llanelli's Alan Davies completing the top three. Carmarthen Harriers took the women's victory thanks to Wendy Price, who also enjoyed success on Monday in Carmarthen. Rachel Brown as an unattached was the next in after Price followed by Dawn Kenwright from Sarn Helen.

Rob Davies, Gareth Davies, Alan Davies, Freya Petrie, Wendy Price and Rachel Brown were all category winners.

Ahead of the main 4.7 mile fun run was the 2.7 for children of all ages. Osian Williams (Yr 9 & 10B); Clara James (Yr 9 & 10G); Scott Price (Yr 7 & 8B); Delyn Walters (Yr 7 & 8G); Alex Coles (Yr 5 & 6B); Hall-Rae Morris (Yr 5 & 6G); Gwilym Jac Jones (Yr4B) and Martha Morgan (Y4G) all crossed the line first with several others following on behind them.


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Well done to everyone who were out on the road this weekend / Da iawn i bawb oedd allan ar yr heol y penwythnos hwn - hope you all enjoyed!!