The Welsh Senior Championships will take place on January the 28th at the National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) in Cardiff. The prestige on being crowned Welsh Champion will be felt by a number of Welsh athletes as they begin their journey towards the Commonwealth Games (CWG), Gold Coast 2018.
The starting line up in the Senior Men’s 60mH looks to be one of the highlights of the day with several top athletes targeting the win. Cardiff’s David Omoregie (Benke Blomkvist) will be looking for a flying start to his indoor season after a fantastic 2016 where he attained the Olympic qualifying time for the 110mH just outside of the qualification period. Omoregie will be up against his training partner, Olympian and British Senior Indoor Champion Andrew Pozzi (Blomkvist) and David King (James Hillier), who won this event in a time of 7.68 last year. They will be joined by Commonwealth Games sixth place finisher, Decathlete Ben Gregory (Aston Moore), Gregory will also be competing in the Pole Vault.
2014 CWG Silver Medallist Sally Peake (Scott Simpson) starts her campaign towards another CWG medal in the Pole Vault. The qualifying ‘A’ standard of 4.25 is well within the athletes reach with a PB of 4.42i.
Paralympic Gold Medallist, Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones) will be starting his indoor season with us, competing in the Shot Put after a 2016 full of titles. Davies recently tweeted “10 Gold, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze. My first 4 year cycle as a senior athlete went alright - can't wait to do it all again”.
Swansea Harrier, Caryl Granville (Darrell Maynard) is competing in the Senior Women’s 60mH and 400m. Granville enjoyed a successful 2016 season coming back from injury in both the 100mH and 400mH, she also broke the Women’s All Comers record in the 600m in a time of 1:31.86 in December.
Welsh Champion Tom Marshall (James Thie) is back to defend his title in the Senior 800m. Marshall narrowly missed out on the CWG qualification standard in 2014 on several occasions in the 1500m. He will be targeting the CWG standard of 3.38.50 this year. His PB currently sits at 3.39.41.
Jonathan Hopkins (Ridley Griffiths) is up in the Senior 1500m. Hopkins kick started his indoor season with a PB of 8:12.09 in the 3000m to place 3rd in Glasgow last week. It will be exciting to see how he performs in the run up to the Gold Coast.
We look forward to a competitive day of competition where Welsh Champions will be made.