Weekend round up 17th & 18th Feb 2018

British Athletics Indoor Championships, Birmingham. 

Bethan Davies (Andi Drake) walked to a new UK best-ever performance over 5km indoors, to take the gold medal in 21.25, which will no doubt give her great confidence ahead of the Commonwealth Games.  Sadly, her compatriot Heather Lewis was disqualified post-race after a stong performance, finishing in 2nd place.  Prvoing there is strength in depth in Welsh race walking, Megan Stratton-Thomas (Martin Bell) set a Welsh Junior (U20) record in the same race.

Sam Gordon seized his opportunity to win a first senior British Bronze in a personal best 6.67s, which has earned him an invitation to the men’s 60m at the high profile Glasgow Grand Prix next week.

Another Cardiff AAC athlete winning Bronze on day one was Tom Marshall (James Thie) in the 1500m with a season’s best 3:47.52.   He was followed home by fellow Welshman and Cardiff AAC athlete, Jake Heyward (James Thie), who placed 6th in his first UK senior final, clocking 3:49.26 to break the Welsh Junior (U20) Indoor 1500m record.

There was yet another UK Championship medal for Sally Peake (Scott Simpson) in the women’s pole vault with a hard fought third time clearance at 4.15m to take bronze.

Throwing in his first able-bodied UK Championships with the 7.26kg implement, Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones) delivered a sterling performance once again, smashing his personal best with a 15.42m throw, to place 6th!

Commonwealth Youth Games silver medallist, Sarah Omoregie (Gareth Lease), broke the Welsh Junior (U20) record (previously held by Adele Nicoll) with a huge personal best of 14.88m, to place 4th in her first ever British indoor senior Championships.  Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark) made a brave attempt to go after the World Indoor qualification time in the women’s 3000m. In a world class field she came home in a commendable 4th place in 9:01.72. 

Llanelli Half Marathon 

Cardiff AAC's Matt Clowes overcame blustery coastal conditions and a strong field to run away with 2018 Llanelli Half Marathon on Sunday. Speaking after the event Clowes said: "It was really good. I thought we were going to get away with the conditions seven miles in, but the wind was pretty strong out there. A tough day, but I was glad to get the win. I'm doing my first marathon at London this year, so I'm just trying to build towards that now and hoping for a fast time there."

In second place behind Clowes was Commonwealth Games bound Andy Davies, who was using the Llanelli event as preparation to represent Wales in the marathon on Australia's Gold Coast in April. The Stockport Harrier, who is based in Welshpool, hit his target time clocking 1:07.42 - ahead of the third place  Joe Beech, of Brackla Harriers, who came home in 1:11.55.

 Caryl Jones, another member of the Welsh marathon team heading down under, was the first female athlete home in a time of 1:14.26.

"I'm really pleased with the race. I was given a task by my coach and I executed it really well, so I'm happy with that. I've just done a 100-mile week, so it was just a training run really, although a hard one, obviously. The course was amazing, and the other runners coming in the other direction were all shouting for me and I can't thank everyone enough for encouraging me.

The second woman home was Cardiff AAC's Clara Evans, who finished in a time of 1:16:55, with Natasha Cockram, of the Micky Morris Racing Team, third in 1:17.54.

The mass participation Llanelli event was once again a huge success overall, with runners aged from 17 to 78 taking part with entrants coming from as far afield as Germany and Holland.

The full result can be found here 

BUCS indoors

Hannah Brier (Steve Fudge) continued her dominance over 60m indoors winning the BUCS indoor title in Sheffield in 7:40. Adele Nicoll (Vladimir Zinchenko/Adrian Palmer) also took Gold, winning the shot put with . Joe Brier (Matt Elias) took bronze in the 400m. Commonwealth paraathlete, Morgan Jones T47 (Christian Malcolm), claimed another 60m PB of 7.64 taking second place in a mixed category race. Jonathon Bailey (Grant Brown) jumped to bronze in the men's High Jump, clearing 2m06.

In North Wales, Gareth Williams of Dee Striders won the Borders League 10k in Caernarfon in 32:19, with Stephen Skates (Prestatyn AC)  in second and Ricky Challinor (Buckley Runners) in third. In the ladies race, Amie Bagnall (Prestatyn AC) was first home with June Swift second (Helsby) and Sarah Kearney (Wirral AC) in third.

Bethan Davies

Bethan Davies, British 5k walk champion, 2018

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