Welsh Indoor Athletics Champs 2016 Print
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 17 January 2016 18:30

Round-Up from the Welsh Indoor Junior Championships (15-16 Jan) & Welsh Senior Championships (31 Jan), both held at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff in January.

 

Over 500 of the best young athletes across the whole of Wales competed at the 40th Welsh indoor championships

The two-day event on Saturday and Sunday - January 16-17 took place once again at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff where athletes enjoyed the warmth indoors instead of the winter conditions outside. Different to 2015, all 4 of the junior section events were held on the same day along with the U17/20 age groups instead of on separate days.

West Wales

Athletes from across West Wales entered and made the journey to the capital in their numbers, and between them brought back a haul of medals back down the M4 and beyond. It was great to see so many WW vests out on show on both track and field. We also saw appearances from some of the top Welsh and Commonwealth athletes. Throughout the weekend the West representatives kept making the ostrium for presentations with a few clean sweep of medals added in.

How they got on:

West Wales Clubs / Athletes finishing medal stats - Nifer o medalau o athletwyr clybiau Gorllewin Cymru:

Saturday / Sadwrn

Gold / Aur - 16

Silver / Arian - 13

Bronze / Efydd - 4

 

Sunday / Sul

Gold / Aur - 8

Silver / Arian - 11

Bronze / Efydd - 10

Total - 62

 

 

Carmarthen Harriers

A small team of 13 athletes made the trip to Cardiff for the Welsh indoor athletics championship on Saturday. Topping the table was Carys Jones who won gold in the Under 20's pole vault. In doing so she had an excellent series of vaults setting a personal best of 3 metres 44cm, a full 10cm ahead of her nearest rival to secure another Welsh title for the talented vaulter.

Also in the medals was Ysgol y Dderwen pupil Frank Morgan, as he moved up age categories and competed in the under 13 age group for the first time in the 1500 metres. Frank ran a sensible race holding back over the first 3 laps and keeping out of trouble  before moving strongly into second position which he held for the last 4 laps of the 200 metre indoor track to bring back a national silver medal in his first attempt at this distance on the track.

Also in the medals and impressing were two outstanding high jumpers. Lili Church started off a little shakily over the lower heights struggling to get her approach to the bar right. However she came into her own as her opponents dropped out one by one. Her final jump was her best ever with a personal best of 1 metre 50 cm to secure a superb bronze medal for the 14 year old. Also jumping 1 metre 50 and winning a bronze medal was high jumper Amelia Davey in the under 17 girls category. Joining the girls with 3rd and another bronze medal for the Harriers was Dwayne Griffith in the under 20 mens 1500 metres.

Other notable performances included Ben Thomas in the 1500 metres. Ben who, last week represented Wales in the Celtic Games cross country in Edinburgh finished 4th missing out on a medal by less than a second. Also 4th in a tight finish was Ashraf Liles in the under 20's mens 800 metres.#

Two of Harriers talented under 17 sprinters, Rhun Edwards and Zak Daly also ran well, both qualified well for the final of the 200 metres finishing in 5th and 6th respectively in a highly competitive race.

Other results included Iestyn Williams (6th U17men 1500 metres) Callum Lovatt (8th U17men 1500 metres) Charles Griffiths 4th in qualifying rounds (U20men 200 metres) and Dwayne Griffiths running the 400 metres in 56.13.

 

 

 

Well done everybody / Da iawn pawb! #Welsh Junior Champs

Official Results from both days @ Cardiff

Event Photographs provided by http://www.glennsports.co.uk/

 

Senior Indoor Open Athletics Championships - NIAC Cardiff on Sunday 31 January

The Senior Champs proved to be another spectacular day of indoor athletics in Cardiff with entrants including Paralympic and World Championship medallists and several Welsh record holders. With a star-studded line up across both track and field events, the Road to Rio definitely started here.

Following on from the above championships, the vests of Carmarthen Harriers were once again out at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in the capital where there were some good performances found in a number of highly competitive and quick races!...

 

HARRIERS IN ACTION

Carmarthen won 5 medals - 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.

Glen Elsdon and Aled Price both secured silver and bronze in the 60m Hurdles Final in 8.34 and 8.54 with Aled following up with a gold medal in the Long Jump with 6.78m. In the women's Pole Vault, Carys Jones jumped a new PB for silver with 3.27m, while in the U17 women's Shot Putt final, Danielle Jones in her first year in this age groups threw 10.69m on her way to bronze.

There were some highly competitive races in the U17's 300/400 races and all three athletes just missed out on a place in the final - Celyn Williams in the girls finished second in her heat 43.93 with Zak Daly and Rhun Edwards also finishing high up in their heats with 53.79 and 54.23 respectively. The action finished on the middle distance events and saw Ashraf Liles run in the 800m (2.02.57) and Rhys Granville in the 1500m (4.13.66) Well done to them all!

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 January 2016 20:09