Cari Hughes (Menai Track & Field) performed well to finish 11th on her Great Britain and Northern Ireland debut, in the junior women’s race at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country International on Saturday. Hughes finished just seconds behind Victoria Weir (City of Plymouth) who won the European Championships Trial race in Liverpool and finished 10th at the European Cross Country Championships in December.
Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) was 14th in the most competitive senior men’s race in Edinburgh for some years. Charlie Hulson (Sale Harriers) continued his return to fitness just seven seconds behind in 18th place.
Georgina Outten (Birchfield Harriers) was 30th in a women’s race won by the European Cross Country Champion Yasemin Can of Turkey and where Cardiff based Charlotte Arter (Cardiff AAC) was the first British finisher in seventh.
Wales’ mixed relay team finished seventh in the 4 x1km race which has become a popular part of the event. Elliott Slade (Cardiff AAC) and Gareth Warburton (Cardiff AAC) both ran solid legs in 2.41. Rachel McClay (Bracknell AC) and Jade Williams (Amman Valley) ran 3.00 and 3.04 respectively.
Several Welsh Athletes took to the track in the BMC event in Sheffield on Sunday.
Eli Kirk (Swansea Harriers) took the win in the 1500m ‘B’ race in a time of 4:18.31. Stephen Morris (Cardiff AAC) took the top spot in the Men's 800m ‘E’ in a time of 01:56.67 breaking the British record in his IPC category. Jonathan Tobin (Swansea Harriers) also claimed a 1st place finish in the Men’s 3000m ‘B’ in 08:19.77.
Tom Marshall (Cardiff AAC) finished 2nd in the Men’s 800m ‘B’ in a time of 1:52.42 and placing 3rd in the 3000m ‘A’ race with a PB of 8:00.58 was Ieuan Thomas (Cardiff AAC).
The Welsh Senior & U20 Combined Events Championship (incorporated within the English Championships) saw Becky Owen (Brighton & Hove) achieve a lifetime best to win the Senior Women’s pentathlon Championship with a new lifetime best of 3387 points. Harry Dalton took the Senior Men’s title with a score of 3899
Sunday 9th January brought about the second day of the Welsh Athletics Junior Open & Regional Championships and saw over 600 athletes put their winter work to the test.
Spectators were treated to a day packed full of action from start to finish and were able to witness Jeremiah Azu (Cardiff AAC) streak ahead of the field in the U17M 60m to run 7.01 and go to second on the UK rankings for his age group.
Thanks must go to all officials, volunteers and staff on what was a very busy day in the National Indoor Athletics Centre, Cardiff.
Llongyfarchiadau to all athletes.