Tuesday 7th August, 2018
Arwyn Davies, Level 4 Performance Coach
MDAL – Middle Distance Athletics Ltd – Incorporating Welsh Milers.
"The final MDAL Middle Distance meeting of the 2018 summer track season held in conjunction with Welsh Athletics signed off in style last Wednesday night at the Newport Athletics Stadium. The weather was warm with a light breeze down the home straight.
There were seven 800m and three 1500m races which were all graded and paced to set times. There were almost 100 athletes competing over both events, with more than 30% recording Personal Bests.
Elliot Slade and Joe Thomas – both GB Internationals, paced the races admirably and were supported by both Ben and Jacob Reynolds who are the current 1500m Welsh title holders at the U17 and U15 age groups respectively.
Welsh Athletics and the competition staff played a huge role in ensuring these middle distance meetings took place and a big thank you must also go to the officials who supported these meetings at short notice during 2018.
It is envisaged these paced and graded meetings will continue over the summer track season 2019. I hope we can build on our achievements this year and deliver another exciting series next year, ensuring the meetings are advertised well in advance to enable coaches to consider these events when planning their race calendar.
Finally to all the athletes, coaches and parents who supported this Middle Distance Race Series 2018 - thank you very much."