Celtic Cup & U16 Schools International

Some excellent performances by the Welsh team, spearheaded by captain Ryan Spencer-Jones and athlete-of-the-day Joe Thomas, ensured Wales got into the very final event of the competition, the Mixed Medley relay, on level points with Scotland, the traditional dominating power in the Celtic Cup.

A stunning performance by Caryl Granville in leg 1 set the tone for Thomas, Rebecca Williams and Gareth Hopkins to win in style and ensure the three-armed cup stays in Wales for the first time ever.

Before the final sizzler, Wales enjoyed a near domination in the distance events of the programme, with Thomas and Steve Davies putting in sterling performances to win the 800m and 3000m, while top points also came from Ryan Spencer-Jones in the shot put, Rhiannon Yates in the 60m and Laura Maddox in the 400m.

In the Under 20s, Wales brought the fight to the Scots down to the line and, as England produced a solid performance, our youngsters gave the crowd at NIAC plenty to cheer for. Relay was once again the catalyst of a great performance, with the final leg by Rachel Johncock a nail-biter - the Welsh athlete returning from injury to snatch a victory from England on the line.

Johncock was also victorious in her 200m race, while a fine individual win came also from Natasha Cockram (3000m).

In the Schools Under 16 International, the Welsh team sealed victory over Ireland and a selection of Welsh Dragons in resolute fashion, a brilliant achievement for our young athletes who will be looking forward now to a successful outdoor season.

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