Weekend round up
01/04/2019 00:00, I Mewn Blog /
WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, AARHUS, DENMARK - SATURDAY, MARCH 30
Wales's Jenny Nesbitt and her Great Britain team-mates narrowly missed out on a medal when they finished fourth at the World Cross Country Championships in Denmark. On what was described as the toughest ever World Championship course, Nesbitt finished 35th overall in the senior women's race, where she was third home out of the six-strong GB team.
The Worcester AC athlete, who is coached by Chris Jones, said: "Wow is all I can say, it lived up to all expectations and it was a real ride but we packed really well as a team."
Meanwhile, fellow Welsh athlete Matt Willis, exceeded his own pre-race expectations to finish 25th in the junior men's race. The self-coached athlete was the first Brit home and the second European to finish, behind Norwegian teen superstar Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who was 12th.
Willis said afterwards: "I’m really happy; I wasn’t expecting to run that well at all. I’m just over the moon to finish in 25th"
Full report here: https://www.britishathletics.org.uk/news-and-features/avery-leads-senior-womens-british-team-to-fourth-at-world-cross/
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WORLD INDOOR MASTERS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS, TORUN, POLAND - SATURDAY, MARCH 30
Cardiff's James Thie produced a trademark kick to claim gold at the World Indoor Masters Athletics Championships in Poland on Saturday morning. The former Wales and Great Britain international middle distance star claimed the M40 1500m title in a time of 4:07.33. There were 10 medals in total for Welsh Masters Athletes - more reports from Welsh Masters Association and Full results: https://wmaci2019.com/
BRECON CARREG CARDIFF BAY RUN - SUNDAY, MARCH 31
Cardiff's Charlotte Arter and Aldershot Farnham and District's Adam Clarke overcame high-class fields and blustery conditions to claim hard-fought victories at the Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay Run. More than 7,000 runners of all abilities gathered in Roald Dahl Plass to tackle the course which took them past landmarks such as the Millennium Centre and the Norwegian Church before crossing the bay's iconic barrage. The Welsh 10K Championship titles went to Arter and Swansea Harrier Josh Griffiths, who finished third overall in the men's race.
CONWY MARATHON - SUNDAY, MARCH 31
Martin Green, of North Wales Road Runners, won the inaugural Conwy Marathon in a time of 2:44.48, ahead of Alan Bodden in 2:52.12 and Ian Edwards, of Eryri Harriers, in 2:52.48. The race started in Llandudno and took the 200-strong field around the Great Orme, along Colwyn Bay promenade and over much of Conwy County's coastline and country roads. The women's race was won by Andrea Rowlands, of Eryi Harriers, in 3:11.21, ahead of Miranda Frudd in 3:15.20, who just edged second place from Jennifer Houghton, of Kirkby Milers, in 3:15.22.
DENBIGHSHIRE RACE SERIES - 5K, 10K - SUNDAY, MARCH 31
The men's 5K race was won by Wirral AC's William Sutcliffe in 19:46, ahead of Jason Thomas, of Cybi Striders, in 20:05 and Luke Bodman in 20:59. First home in the women's 5K was Elizabeth Hayes, of Denbigh Harriers Running Club in 27:32, ahead of Sophie Michael in 29:07 and Meinir Michael in 29:23. The men's 10K was won by Shaun Hughes, of Denbigh Harriers, in a time of 36:12, ahead of Scott Nixon, of Dee Striders RC in 36:51 and James Smith, of GOG Triathlon Club in 37:41. The women's race was won by Helen Davies, of Wrecsam Tri, in 44:35, ahead of Denbigh Harriers duo Rhian Griffiths-Jones, in 46:48 and Melina Morris in 47:11.
- Amber Simpson made it 3 PBs in 3 weeks at the Drury Hotels Joey Haines Invitational, throwing 61.03m.
- At the Embry-Riddle Spike's Classic Colwyn Bay's Michael Parry ran 1.53.33 for 800m and 3.55.45 for a 1500m PB
- Iolo Hughes ran 3.53.80 in the 1500m at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic