Welsh Athletics indoor season opened in style at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff on Saturday with some excellent athlete performances on display at the Welsh Championships.
All eyes were on David Omoregie in the senior men’s 60m hurdles. The Cardiff AAC athlete was up against training partner and Olympian Andrew Pozzi (Stratford-upon-Avon / Bristol Uni) and British indoor bronze medallist David King (City of Plymouth / Bath Uni). It was Pozzi who took the win opening his season with a world leading time of 7.56 in his heat and 7.57 in the final to which Omoregie responded with a PB of 7.63. Omoregie was happy with his performance and said there was “more to come”.
In the women’s hurdles, it was Cardiff AAC’s Lauren Evans who crossed the line in PB time of 8.89 for the Welsh win.
Paralympic gold medallist Aled Davies (Cardiff AAC) was crowned Welsh Champion for the 1st time in the shot put with a distance of 14.95. Davies said after that being crowned Welsh Champion was something else he could now “tick off his bucket list”.
Commonwealth silver medallist Sally Peake (Birchfield Harriers) claimed a championship best in the pole vault clearing 4.15. Cardiff AAC’s Jessica Abraham cleared 3.85 to achieve a PB and a silver medal.
There was competitive field in the senior men’s 60m which made an excellent watch. Leon Reid (Birchfield Harriers) was the triumphant athlete in 6.85, followed by Ronnie Wells (Yeovil Olympiads AC) in 6.86. Anax Dasilva (Cardiff AAC) was the first Welsh finisher clocking 6.89.
Moli Jones (Colwyn Bay) earned her Welsh Championship title in the 60m running a PB of 7.71, she ran alongside Maltese Olympian Charlotte Wingfield (Cardiff AAC) who finished in 7.44.
In the senior women 200m Melissa Roberts (Cardiff AAC) broke her own Championship Best with a time of 24.56. Katie-Jane PRIEST (Swansea Harriers) took second place in 25.39 followed by Hannah Williams (Bristol & West AC) in 25.87.
In the senior men’s 200m race, Cardiff Archers Ben Paris ran a fantastic PB of 22.30 to steal the win, he was followed by Kane Densley (Tamworth AC) and Cardiff AAC’s Iwan Robinson-Booth.
Alex Coomber (Cardiff AAC’s) started fast and held his pace for the win in the senior men’s 800m, he was followed by last year’s Welsh Champion, Tom Marshall and Paralympian Steve Morris who was the 3rd Welsh athlete over the line. Naomi Reid (Cardiff AAC) took her first senior title in the women’s 800m’s in 2.13.84.
Swansea Harrier Joe Brier had a fantastic run in the senior men’s 400m’s. Finishing in a time of 48.96 - just outside the Championship Best Performance time of 48.39 set by Cardiff AAC’s Gareth Warburton in 2005.
Becky Owen (Brighton and Hove) took the Welsh Championship title in the senior women’s high jump clearing 1.68 for a PB. Becky also took silver in the senior Women’s shot put.
Osaze Aghedo (Swansea Harriers) achieved a championship best performance in the senior men’s triple jump with a distance of 15.13, Thomas Walley (Wrexham AAC) took second place in 14.72 and Navid Childs (Thames Valley Harriers) finishing 3rd with a PB of 14.58.
In the junior events, all medallists in the under 17 men’s 400m achieved PB’s, 1st place finisher Seth Kelly (Cardiff AAC) finished in 52.19, Harvey Reynolds (Cardiff AA) in 53.14 and Steffan Jones (Aberdare) in 53.83.
Cardiff AAC dominated the under 17 men’s shot put with Thomas Hanson claiming the win with a distance of 14.98. Both Jay Morse and Harri Wheeler Sexton achieved PB’s to take silver and bronze respectively. In the girls event Newport Harrier Caitlin Arnold secured the win with a PB of 12.06.
Macey Morris (Newport Harriers) achieved a Welsh record in the under 15 girls 300m category, with a PB of 41.51.
The top 3 finishers in the boys 300m all achieved a PB’S in a close race which saw Cardiff AAC’s Carter Staples crowned Welsh Champion in 38.78 with and Ben Hillman close in 39.00.
Llongyfarchiadau to all athletes who competed and thank you to all who played their part in making the event a success – diolch!
Away from the action at the Welsh Indoor Championships, a number of Welsh Athletics continued to shine.
North Wales Cross Country Championships, Corwen
Junior Iolo Hughes (Andy Walling) stormed to a 30sec victory in the senior race, defeating seasoned Internationals like Russel Bentley and Ricky Challinor in the process. Eryri Harriers Andrea Rowlands took the senior womens race ahead of Amie Bagnell from Prestatyn.
Vienna Indoor Gran Prix, Vienna
Laura Maddox (Colin Bovell) started her indoor season in positive fashion with victory in the 400m in a time of 53.37.
Combined Events International, Prague
There was a new senior Men’s Welsh Indoor Heptathlon Record for Ben Gregory (Aston Moore) in the combined events International in Prague. GB Team Captain Ben scored a total of 5770, which included PB’s in the 1000m and Pole Vault, where is height of 5.20, was just 10cm shy of the Commonwealth Games B standard. Full results - http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=194536
City of Manchester Open
Eli Kirk (Steve Vernon) was just .59 of a second outside the European Indoor qualifying mark, as she dominated the women’s 3k, running 9.00.59. Behind her, promising youngster Cari Hughes (Andy Walling) clipped a mammoth 26 seconds from her lifetime best, running 9.29.77.