Round-Up from the third Louise Arthur League & Youth Development League Upper Age Group Midland Division in Swansea and Cardiff held on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a catch up on several other events.
WELSH JUNIOR / LOUISE ARTHUR LEAGUE ROUND 3 - SWANSEA - 29.06.19
More than 400 children from nine junior Welsh clubs took to the track and the runways to represent their club at the third round of competition at the Welsh Junior League / Louise Arthur League for under 11, under 13 and under 15 youngsters on Saturday 29th June. Having already visited Haverfordwest and Carmarthen on the two Bank Holiday Weekends in May, the third fixture of four saw the biggest turnout to date in general so far this campaign.
A venue that will be hosting the SIAB Schools International in Wales in just over a fortnight's time, all roads led to Swansea University Athletics Track. Welsh Schools, English Schools, Irish Schools and Scottish Schools will go head to head on 20th July but on the weekend that's just passed it was all about grassroots competition and a chance to enjoy a great day's action on the track and in the field. Using the timtable from 2018, the programme began at 11:00 in the morning and concluded in its usual way with the 4 x 100m sprint relays for all age groups shortly after 5:30pm on Saturday evening.
While for some it is their sixth and final year at the event at under 15 level, for many others particularly in the under 11's, this was their debut competition and a chance to show what they can do whilst trying out now disciplines at the same time.
League leaders Swansea Harriers welcomed athletes, spectators, coaches and officials from the Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Neath Harriers, Llanelli AAC, Bridgend AC, Pontyclun AC, Barry & Vale Harriers and Brecon AC to the University Sports Village facility on Ashleigh Road near Sketty.
This year's Cup and Plate Finals will take place again at Swansea University Athletics Track over the weekend of August 24th and 25th. After the four league matches upcoming, the top teams will go into the cup final whilst the plate final will be occupied by those in the fourth to seventh positions.
Carmarthen Harriers Junior Team going from Strength to Strength
Team Managers Kathryn Jones, Keighley John and Cressy Morgan worked hard to get a total of fifty seven members from Carmarthen Harriers out for the third round, as they all made the short journey East up the M4 to Sketty. As in previous rounds, efforts of everyone were rewarded thanks to the great coaching and support in the club. There were a number of excellent individual, high placing finishes and team performances with a small number either joining the team to make their debuts in the competition or trying out a new track or field event.
The team were supported brilliantly by vocal parents, supporters and coaches, many of whom helped out with the officiating duties throughout the day on track as marksman and judging at the high jump bed.
Carmarthen Harriers athletes Match 3 29.06.19:
UNDER 11 / O DAN 11: Beatrice Morgan, Gwenan Jones, Esme Lynock, Martha Morgan, Jessica Norman, Chloe Thomas, Alannah Cox, Cian Maddocks, Jac Jones, Iago Evans, Jimmy Davis, Joseph Thomas, Rhys James, Rhys Rodgers, Tom Morgan, William Coles, Elliot Morgan
UNDER 13 / O DAN 13: Casi Gregson, Frances Mackie, Megan Pridmore, Luned Dafis, Erin Morgan, Carys Wood, Mared Jones, Bessy Hill, Ellie-May John, Luisa Reid-Thomas, Alex Coles, Dion James, Iwan Thomas, Jake Lynock, James Sloyan, Liam Upton-Boorman, Macsen Toogood, Tom Williams, Tygan Davies, Finn Best
UNDER 15 / O DAN 15: Zara Evans, Jessica Lee, Chloe Hale, Cordelia Walker, Amy Greatrick, Thaia Davies, Sophia Reid-Thomas, Gwenllian Jones, Steffan Davies, James Evans, Frank Morgan, Ben Proctor, Oliver Moruzzi, Osian Roberts, Finlay Hayes, Harri Fuller, Zach Elvy, Brynmor Peters, Ieuan Phillips, Jack Thomas
The fourth and final match of the league sees the clubs head to the Cwrt Herbert Athletics Track in Neath with the fixture to be hosted by Neath Harriers. On Saturday 27th July 2019, the team will look to finish on a high ahead of the League finals at the end of the summer.
Team Managers Kathryn Jones (boys) and Kayleigh John (girls) with assistance from Cressy Morgan will be at the track and contacting parents in the next two-three weeks to confirm your availability. They will need to know events by Tuesday 23rd July!
Details are on the way on www.carmarthenharriers.co.uk in a fortnight's time.
REMAINING WEST & EAST DIVISION DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:
Saturday 27th July / Dydd Sadwrn 27ain Gorffennaf: Welsh Athletics Junior League West Fixture 4 @ Neath
Saturday 27th July / Dydd Sadwrn 27ain Gorffennaf: Welsh Athletics Junior League East Fixture 4 @ Cardiff
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE UAG MIDLAND PREMIER SOUTH/WEST DIVISION ROUND 3 - CARDIFF - 30.06.19
A number from the West Wales Regional Athletics Composite Team made the shorter trip than last month to the Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Sunday 30th June, where teams from Swansea Harriers, Cardiff AAC, Cardiff Archers, Team Devon & Cornwall & Team Avon also participated after Exeter Arena welcomed the previous round on the final weekend in may.
Made up of athletes from Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Neath Harriers, and Llanelli AAC, those who wore the red and black vests performed well again in East Wales on the brand new blue track surface which had been put down earlier on in the summer term.
Throughout the late morning and afternoon, some great track and field athletics performance and results was recorded with events featuring: sprints, middle distance, sprint and long hurdles, steeplechase, long jump, high jump, shot, javelin, discus, pole vault and hammer.
With the three rounds now completed, West Wales will be competing in the YDL Midland South/West Promotion Match at Swansea University on Sunday 28th July 2019 alongside Team DC, Cardiff Archers, Cheltenham & District Harriers, North Somerset AC and East Wales Composite Team. Athletes are asked to make themselves available to take part to help the team try and retain their place in the premier division next year.
Carmarthen Harriers in Cardiff
Five Harriers were available to compete for West Wales in the Welsh Capital and produced some encouraging displays in a new age group for the majority. Well Done to them all and look forward to seeing them as well as others out in Swansea!
Dafydd Jones (Under 17 Men's 800m 2:01:55 & Under 17 Men's 4 x 400m 3:43:15), Morgan Batten (Under 17 Men's Shot Put 9.83m & Under 17 Men's Javelin 45.23m), Ellie Loweth (Under 17 Women's 100m 13.53, Under 17 Women's 200m 27.41, Under 17 Women's Long Jump 4.27m & Under 20 Women's 4 x 100m 53.73), Tanwen Moon (Under 17 Women's 800m 2:42:10), Lili Church (Under 17 Women's High Jump 1.60m)
Catch Up on last Week's Results Elsewhere
Under 20 member Ben Thomas (coach: Neil Thomas) made the journey to Bedford on Saturday 22nd June to compete in the England Athletics Under 20 and 23 Championships which acted as the trials for the European Athletics Championships in Sweden next month.
In the warm afternoon sunshine in the South East of the country, Thomas finished fifth overall. However, by being third in his age group, he won a bronze medal in the 3000m Steeplechase race, finishing strongly down the home straight to record a time of 9:17:26.
This was followed just seven days later last weekend by a 9:24:11 clocking at the BMC Grand Prix Fixture in Watford on Saturday 29th June.
It was another impressive run in this discipline from the endurance runner who represented Great Britain at the European Under 18 Athletics Youth Championships out in Hungary last summer.
Well Done to Wendy Price (1:32:26), Huw Davies (1:38:58) and Amanda Toogood (2:18:36) for completing the JCP Swansea Half Marathon last weekend - Sunday 23rd June.