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Carmarthen Open Throws Series Review 2018: Over 50 athletes of all ages and ablilities get involved! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Thursday, 26 July 2018 22:55

At the end of another successful Carmarthen Open Throws Meetings, here's the 2018 series round-up and all the results links from April, May, June & July at Carmarthen Leisure Centre Athletics Track...

 

The 2018 Carmarthen Open Throws Meetings series has been a great success again this summer.

The series, organised by Carmarthen & District Harriers AC took place in West Wales at the Carmarthen Athletics Track in Johnstown on the final Thursday of each month in April, May, June and July totalling 4 midweek meetings.

 

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It has become a popular annual fixture on the Welsh Athletics calendar and has been going for 10 years. The under 13 plus competition organised by javelin coach Ralph Siggery has given young and senior athletes from clubs across South Wales and further afield the opportunity to make new friendships and achieve new target. A large number of athletes has used the throws series as a platform to go on and succeed in league meetings and Welsh championships.

Each fixture alternated between disciplines with the javelin held on each one as this first started the series. Shot, Discus and Hammer were also open to throwers to compete in on a laid back evening with competitors coming from as far as Maldwyn and Menai Track & Field to Cardiff, Brecon & Ireland.

During the last four months, it has attracted over 50 talented throwers from the Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Swansea Harriers, Neath Harriers, Cardiff AAC, Cardiff Archers, Brecon AC, Pontyclun AC, Menai Track & Field, Maldwyn Harriers, Waterford AC & DSW Para Academy clubs.

Open meetings this summer has gone from strength to strength, especially with the RunWithTheWind Sprints Open & MDAC Middle Distance Series, run by Welsh Athletics having also been held across the South in the summer term.

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 attended the throws meetings over recent years and continue to be great models for the future generation.

 

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Tomlinson was one of three Welsh athletes selected to represent Team GB out at the World U20 Junior Championships in Finland earlier this month. Commenting on the opportunities given at the Carmarthen open, the Pembrokeshire star said: "There has been a great atmosphere which allows you to relax and enjoy! It's a great indicator to see what form you are in, especially if the sun is shining."

Neath Harrier & Welsh under 17 record holder Moule has also enjoyed a very successful season in 2018 with her recent achievement at the SIAB Schools International at Scotland, where she did not only win a silver medal in the javelin, but also was the girls' captain in her final year at this level. Bethany added: "I have found the Carmarthen Throws extremely useful. It's given me a great indication of how well I'm performing and how effective my training has been. They allow great opportunities for throwers to get extra competitions and the officials are very helpful."

In addition to club throwers, it was fantastic to see a number of DSW Para Academy (Disability Sport Wales) members having travelled down the M4 from Cardiff to take part at the same time as the able bodied athletes. In June, the meeting got underway with the club throw and a new lifetime best was thrown on three occasions.

This week (26th July) four athletes in the F13, F37 F40 & F44 classes arrived with their families and coaches to join in with the discus event involving 27 in total. With Cardiff's Brett Morse watching on at the side of the cage, the quartet enjoyed their moment in the spotlight by gaining experience ahead of their upcoming championship events in England. With the spectators and fellow athletes supporting and applauding throughout, it highlighted what the throws series is really all about and ended the series on a very high note. It also saw a javelin thrower from Waterford AC in Ireland travel over for the final match of the year having found out about the event online.

The club would like to thank the committed number of volunteers who once again gave up their free time this season to assist and ensure that the athletes could have these opportunities and stage to perform.

 

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All Results from the four matches can be found on the Carmarthen Harriers Website Results Page, Power of 10 athlete profiles and below. The 2019 edition of the Carmarthen throws will return at the end of next April and is open to all athletes from all clubs to attend.

Find more pictures, videos, results & news on our club social media pages: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!

To watch some of the highlights from April's meet, click here (Youtube link)

 

APRIL / EBRILL

MAY / MAI

JUNE / MEHEFIN

JULY / GORFFENNAF

 

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