The Welsh Athletics Junior Track & Field Championships took place on the weekend at the Queensway Stadium in Wrexham. The Championships were packed with the next generation of Welsh talent and the crowds in Wrexham certainly provided a perfect atmosphere for the young athletes to compete in. There were a number of strong performances with athletes from under 13,15,17 and 20 age groups in action. A few notable performances are listed below:
Tom Hewson (Mark Bradford) of Andover AC produced the performance of the Championship by winning the under 17 men's Javelin title and setting a new Championship best performance of 65.18 metres.
Bethan Rees (Mark Pinner) continued her fine form this season by winning the Under 20 Women's Javelin title with a distance of 45.29m. The Cannock & Stafford athlete adds this title to the Welsh senior Javelin title she won in June.
Nia Riley (Paul Hill) of Cardiff Archers set a new personal best of 4:57.55 to win the under 17 women’s 1500m title on saturday. The Cardiff Archer returned to the track on sunday to clinch the under 17 women's 800m title with a time of 2:18.49.
Joe Brier (Neal Merry) of Swansea Harriers took the under 20 men’s 400m title with a time of 49.94. The Swansea Harrier adds this to the Welsh Senior Indoor 400m title he won at the start of the year in January.
Zoe Nash (Kevin Williams) clinched two Welsh under 20 women's titles, the Newport Harrier won both the 100m and 200m with times of 12.59 and 25.56 respectively.
Caitlyn Mapps (Phillip Warwicker) of Cardiff Archers won the Under 15 girls 100m title with a time of 12.89, this was also a new personal best.
Amber Simpson (John Parkin) retained her under 20 women's Hammer Throw title, the Deeside AAC athlete threw a new Championship best performance of 53.26 metres in the 5th round.
Arthur Powell of Maldwyn Harriers stormed to victory in the under 13 boys 100m final with a time of 12.54, this was agonisingly close to a new Championship best performance. Arthur also went on to take the 200m title the following day in a Welsh Age Group best time of 24.94.
Michael Jenkins of Pembrokeshire Harriers was the winner of the under 13 boys Shot with a big third round throw of 9.27 metres.
George Savage of Deeside AAC was the winner of the under 13 boys Long Jump final with a third round jump of 4.28 metres, this was also a new personal best.
Chloe Jones (John Davies) of Swansea Harriers was victorious in the girls under 13 Javelin final and set a personal best of 29.62 metres.
Roman Hodgson (Philip Oliver) of Deeside AAC was the winner of the under 13 boys 1500m final with a time of 4:49.72. The Deeside Athlete returned to the track on sunday to win the 800m final by a large margin with a new Championship best of 2:12.65. Roman then stepped down to the 200m and came 3rd in the under 13 boys final in a time of 28.00.
Mia Roberts (John Messum) of Deeside AAC was a comfortable winner in the Under 17 Women’s 3000m race with a new personal best of 9:57.84.
Aaron Owen (David Norton) of Cardiff AAC completed the double of 100m & 200m titles in the under 20 category. The Cardiff sprinter won the 100m title in 11.32 on Saturday and then won the 200m title with a time of 22.28 on Sunday.
Kelsie Webster of Maldwyn Harriers won the under 13 girls Long Jump final with a new personal best of 4:17 metres.
Gwennan Lewis (Ryan Spencer Jones) of Newport Harriers took the win in the under 17 women’s shot put final with a new personal best of 11.20 metres.
Full results are available to the right of the page.
For event photographs, please contact Mike Castle.