As 2016 comes to an end, a number of Welsh athletes have been ending the year as they mean to go on, by setting new personal bests on the road.
This past weekend, the busiest man of 2016, Dewi Griffiths (Kevin Evans) dipped inside 29min for 10km for the first time, clocking 28.45 for a fantastic 8th place in a very strong field. Melissa Courtney (Mark Pauley) was equally as strong on the women’s side, clocking a time of 33.14 as she stepped up from her normal distance of 1500m.
Just over a week ago, it was another Swansea Harrier to was racing to the top of the rankings, as Elinor Kirk (Steve Vernon) clocked 32.35 to win the Telford 10km, climbing to 2nd in the British rankings for 2016 and 3rd on the Welsh all-time list in the process. At the same event, Ieuan Thomas (James Thie) finally broke through the 30min barrier, as he flew to a new lifetime best of 29.24 to end the season 2nd in the Welsh rankings behind Dewi. Just behind Ieuan was the ever consistent Charlie Hulson (Steve Vernon) who clocked a new pb of 29.30.
Finally, Rosie Edwards (Dennis Russell) clocked 33.02 to win the jingle bells 10km in Indianapolis.
All athletes will be hoping to continue the fantastic progress in 2017, with the ultimate aim being qualification for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.