The weekend saw a number of strong and promising performances from Welsh Athletes across Europe, with many already having or chasing World Championship and Commonwealth standards; it’s an exciting time of the season.
European Team Championships
The Great Britain Team had a strong performance in the Lille at the European Team Championships. On show were three Welsh athletes, the first of these was Sally Peake who is coached by Scott Simpson. Sally equalled her seasons best by clearing 4.35m to finish in sixth place overall in a highly contested Pole Vault final. David Omoregie who is coached by Benke Blomkvist finished in third place in the 110m Hurdles, it was a strong performance from the Cardiff AC athlete who finished in a time of 13.36. Rhianwedd Price was the third welsh athlete in action in France, finishing a strong 9th place in a high standard 1500m final with a time of 4:17.60.
BMC Grand Prix Watford
The British Milers club held their third Grand Prix meeting in Watford on Saturday with a number of impressive performances from Welsh Athletes. In the 800m, Tom Marshall set a new personal best of 1:48.68 to win a close contended 800m A race. Recent Welsh 800m champion Alex Coomber was also in action, finishing in fourth place in the 800m B race in a time of 1:49.95. Jake Heyward broke the Welsh under 20 1500m record to finish in 7th place in the 1500m A race, Jake’s time of 3:44.31 is also a qualifying time for the European Junior Championships. Swansea Harrier Cari Hughes set a new personal best of 4:24.86 to finish in second place in the women’s B race. Kiara Frizelle also set a new personal best of 4:25.49 to finish in 4th place in the same race. Jennifer Nesbitt was also in action in Watford, finishing in 13th place in the women’s 3000m A race.
Swansea Half Marathon
On Sunday marked the 4th consecutive year of the JCP Swansea Half marathon and with nearly 5000 finishers, the event was a great success. Recent Welsh 5000m champion Dewi Griffiths added to his ever-growing list of honours by retaining his senior men’s title. The Swansea Harrier completed the 13.1 mile course in a time of 64:48 minutes with two Irish Athletes, Michael Clohisey & Sean Hehir finishing in second and third. Claire Gibbons-McCarthy took the women’s title by exactly two minutes in a time of 74:35 minutes. In second place was Rachel Felton in a time of 76:35 and in third place was Caryl Jones in a time of 77:52.
Hamburg Half Marathon
British Marathon Champion Josh Griffiths was in action on Sunday at the Hamburg Half marathon in Germany. The Swansea Harrier was the first non-African runner to cross the line and finished 13th overall in a time of 65:53.
British Race Walking Championships
The British race walking championship which included the World Championship trials took place in Leeds on Sunday. Bethan Davies of Cardiff AC finished in second place in a new Welsh 20km record of 1:33:04. Heather Lewis of Pembrokeshire finished in 5th place in a time of 1:42:29.
Meeting International EAP
Caryl Granville was in action on saturday in Belgium competing in the EAP International meeting based at Nivelles. The Swansea Harrier won both her races with times of 13.65 in the 100m Hurdles and 57.67 in the 400m Hurdles.
Flanders Cup Meeting
The Flanders cup meeting took place in Belgium on Sunday with 1 Welsh athlete taking part. Swansea Harrier Caryl Granville was in action again finishingin second place in the 100m hurdles and 400m Hurdles in a times of 13.57 & 58.21. She also won her heat of the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.71.
Welsh U13 / U15 & Welsh Schools U15 / U17 Combined Events Championships
Under 13 men’s Quadrathlon:
Jake Minshull of Coventry was a clear winner of the under 13 boys Quadrathlon with 1513 points, in second place was Oliver Kirkham of Cardiff Archers with 1222 points and in third was Zac Davies of Swansea with 1202 points.
Under 13 women’s Quadrathlon:
Cariad Norris of Guildford & Godalming won the under 13 girls category with 1922 points, just behind was Ella Wintle of Pembrokeshire with 1909 and in third was Ellie-Mae Wainwright with 1687.
Under 15 men’s Pentathlon:
Immanuel Feyi-Waboso of Cardiff Archers won the under 15 men’s title with 2564 points, in second was Dylan Phillips of Pembrokeshire with 2475 points and in third place was Charlie Holland of Swansea with 2326 points.
Under 15 women’s pentathlon:
Cary’s Poole of Swansea won the under 15 women’s title with 2717 points, in second place was Jamie Holland also of Swansea with 2558 points and in third was Beca Roberts of Carmarthen with 2541 points.
Under 17 men’s Pentathlon:
Tomos Slade of Swansea won the under 17 men’s title with 3126 points, in second was Thomas Britt of Cardiff with 3008 points and in third was Cameron Pamment of Cardiff with 2803 points.
Under 17 women’s Pentathlon:
Grace Morgan of Cardiff Archers won the under 17 women’s title with 3090 points, in second was Taiya Jones of Cardiff Archers with 3038 points and in third was Emily Thomas also of Cardiff Archers with 2835 points.
Under 20 men’s Pentathlon:
Kellen Jones of Newport was the sole competitor in the under 20 men’s pentathlon, the Newport harrier finished with 3205 points.