Welsh 3000m Championships 2011
Neath, 10th August 2011
Wednesday evening’s Neath Harriers Open meeting also played host to the Welsh 3000m Championships for all age groups. Despite the blustery conditions there were some excellent performances and exciting championship races.
With a brisk final 400m it was Jonathan Peters (Cardiff AAC) that took the Senior Men’s title in a close battle with Matthew Evans and his Swansea Harriers team mate Daniel Hiscox taking the third spot.
In another exciting finish the combined U20 and Senior Women’s race was eventually won by U20 athlete Natasha Cockram (Cwmbran Harriers) in her last race before she sets off to take up a scholarship at Tulsa University, Oklahoma. In a battle for the senior medals Alaw Beynon-Thomas (Carmarthen Harriers AC) came out on top, just edging out the vastly experienced Debbie Rees of Cardiff AAC with Michelle Allen also of the Cardiff club picking up the bronze medal.
In the U20 Men’s event it was a victory and huge personal best for Matthew Drury of Cardiff AAC. In what was an enthralling race, Drury battled with Newport Harrier Chris Carpanini throughout with the Cardiff athlete having enough strength to hold out in the final 200m.
The U17 age group saw Matthew Edwards of Barry and Vale Harriers take the Welsh title, with a personal best performance, ahead of fast finishing Swansea duo Jonathan Tobin (2nd) and Connor Davies (3rd). The U17 women’s event was won by Rebecca Evans (Pontyclun AC) ahead of second placed Caitlin Thompson (Pembrokeshire Harriers) and Elin Davies of Swansea Harriers.
Despite his relative lack of experience over the distance, the U15 boy’s race was won by some margin by Tyler Pritchard of Cwmbran Harriers. Andrew Jones of Menai Track and Field saw his efforts for making the long journey from north Wales rewarded with a silver medal. In was a Swansea Harriers 1-2 in the U15 girl’s event with debutant Laura Philippart taking the victory from team mate Olivia Gwyn with Heidi Davies of Brecon AC taking the final podium position.
Welsh Athletics would like to thank Neath Harriers and all of the staff and officials that made the event possible.
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