Last night was the Welsh Athletics ‘Stop the Clock’ endurance evening at Newport Stadium and a large group of endurance athletes made the trip on the hunt for personal bests. The sun was shining on a perfect summers evening but the athletes certainly outshone it with 71% of the competitors achieving personal bests. This was 85 athletes in total who left Newport with a new personal best for 800m or 1500m and in some cases, both! The evening was a perfect combination of athletic excellence and superb spectator support with each athlete being pushed to the line with the crowd getting behind each athlete.
Jake Heyward took the win in the first 800m heat of the evening, The Cardiff AAC runner looked strong as he ran a time of 1:50.38. Swansea Harrier Dominic Smith won the second heat with a new personal best of 1:58.77. Morgan Glyndwr James finished strong to win heat 3, the Cardiff AAC athlete set a new personal best of 2:03.15. Local lad Spencer Smith of Newport Harriers was victorious in heat 4, it was dominant display from the youngster to set a new personal best of 2:09.95. Ben Smith of Aberdare pulled away from the field early on to take the win in heat 5, a new personal best of 2:16.94 was his prize for such gutsy running. Heat 6 was closely contended to the line but it was the local athlete Oscar Denton who took the win, the Newport Harrier set a new personal best of 2:26.05. Tiffany Rees of Swansea Harriers put in a dominant display to win heat 7, a new personal best of 2:29.75 made the moment even more special for the youngster. Cardiff Archer Erin Williams put on a display of very gutsy front-running to win the final heat of the 800m’s, Erin set a new personal best of 2:41.37.
Heat 1 of the 1500m’s possessed a good level of depth but it the Welsh 800m Champion Alex Coomber who took the win, the Cardiff AAC athlete took the race from the front with a time of 3:51.30. Owain Edwards was the winner of heat 2, the Cardiff AAC set a new personal best of 4:24.26. The final race of the evening was heat 3 of the 1500m’s and it certainly was one of the most impressive. Alanah Hill of Cardiff Archers produced a superb display of gutsy front-running to set a new personal best of 4:59.22.
It’s important to mention the competitions team and volunteers who assisted with the running of the event, without them it simply wouldn’t be possible to put on successful events such as last night. a special thank you to our pacemakers who helped out last night too. Full results are available at the link below: