The Carmarthen Open Throws Meetings have been a great success again during the summer months.
The series, arranged by Carmarthen & District Harriers AC took place in West Wales at the Carmarthen Harriers athletics track in Johnstown on the final Thursday of each month in April, May, June and July totalling 4 midweek meetings.
The throws open has now become a popular annual fixture on the Welsh Athletics calendar and has been going strong for 10 years. It continues to be organised by the club javelin coach Ralph Siggery who was pleased with the turnout of athletes this year. The under 13 plus competition gives young and senior athletes from clubs across South Wales and further afield the opportunity to improve on their personal power of 10 best performances and continues to attract international throwers regularly, such as Aled Davies to name one.
Each fixture alternated between disciplines with the javelin held on each one as this first started the event. Shot, Discus and Hammer were also open to throwers to compete in on a laid back evening with some of the main highlights listed below.
Two exceptional discus throwers were amongst those in action at the opening meeting in 2017. Cardiff’s Brett Morse and James Tomlinson, from Pembrokeshire Harriers both again showed their true potential with an early season opener. Watched on by a good crowd and great models for future stars, Morse threw out to 58.84m while Tomlinson also went beyond 50 metres with a best of 55.08m. He was also in attendance at the end of June which since then, has now thrown over 60 metres this year!
Another athlete who has gone far this year is the under 17 javelin thrower from Neath Harriers, Bethany Moule. Moule improved her performances each time during her visits on three occasions to 46.93m. She, along with James has recently been in the Bahamas competing for Team Wales in the World Youth Commonwealth Games in the javelin and discus competitions respectively.
The 29th June welcomed two Paralympic athletes from the DSW Para Academy – Liam Walsh (F46) and Kyron Duke (F41). Following this warm up practice, Duke then went on to compete at the World Para Athletics Championships in London last week. At the final fixture of this summer which turned out to be a good evening of action and went on for 3 hours, the Carmarthen Throws welcomed athletes from North Wales in Deeside AAC and Wrexham AC who were in the area on holidays.
During the last four months, it has attracted over 40 athletes who attend the throws put on regularly. Many competitors have achieved personal bests from this with a big number returning to the Dyfed district venue year after year. Club athletes from Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Swansea Harriers, Neath Harriers, Cardiff AAC, Cardiff Archers, Newport Harriers, Pontyclun AC, Deeside AC & Wrexham AC have all been represented.
Carmarthen Harriers Press Officer & club secretary Nathan Jones added: “It has been pleasing to see the Carmarthen Open Throws Meetings succeeding again this summer. While it gives some of the more experienced seniors a practice path ahead of a major competition, for others in the junior age groups the event gives them the extra opportunity to improve their own goals and confidence in a friendly competition, while gaining experience at the same time. The organisers at the club would like to thank all the athletes and coaches who continues to turn up to the open throws, without forgetting the number of committed officials and volunteers who give up their time to ensure that these meetings are run correctly and safely.”
All results from across the four matches can be found on the Carmarthen Harriers website and power of 10 athlete profiles. The 2018 edition of the Carmarthen throws will return at the end of next April and it open to all athletes from all clubs to attend.