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Weekend Round-up - 2nd & 3rd March

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04/03/2019 00:00, I Mewn Blog /

European Athletics Indoor Championships - Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd March - Emirates Arena, Glasgow

Melissa Courtney (Poole; Rob Denmark) produced another stunning performance as she won bronze in the Women's 3,000m at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow on Friday evening. The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist added another major championship medal to her tally, running to a new Welsh Indoor Record and Lifetime Best performance of 8:38:22 to finish third behind Great Britain's Laura Muir and Germany's Konstanze Klosterhalfen. 

In the Men's 400m, Owen Smith (Cardiff; Matt Elias) negotiated his way through the first round on Friday, finishing second in Heat 2 (47.50), before battling to a 5th placed finish in his Semi-Final with a time of 47.39. Unfortunatley he was unable to recover in time for the Men's 4 x 400m Relay due to illness, as he watched training partner Joe Brier (Swansea; Matt Elias) run a fantastic second leg for the British team to help them to a fifth placed finish in the 4 x 400m Final. 

Welsh Athletics Indoor International - Sunday 3rd March - NIAC, Cardiff 

Wales and England's top junior athletes battled it out for top spot at the Welsh Athletics Indoor International on Sunday afternoon. 

A full report and results can be found here.

Molly Barnet Open (inc.RWA 10K Championships) - Sunday 3rd March - Coventry

Pembrokeshire Harrier Heather Lewis (Martin Bell) follwed her recent British indoor title win with victory in her first road race of the year. Racing in wet and very windy conditions, Heather and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Bethan Davies (Cardiff; Andi Drake) dominated, walking stride for stride through the early km's. By 5km, Heather had a gap on Bethan and gradually extended that through to the finish, were she was rewarded with a new Lifetime Best of 46:25.

Bethan, still a little short of full fitness, walked strongly and continued to chase her Commonwealth Games team mate, taking 2nd in 46:59 for a fine Welsh one-two.

In the supporting races, Swansea's Shannon Thomas took 3rd in the U20's 5km on her debut over the distance, clocking 32:19. Also debuting over 5km, Menai's Georgia Parkinson (Stephen Livett) took 6th in the U17 race in 32:17.

Gwent Cross Country League - Saturday 2nd March - Blaise Castle, Bristol

Jake Smith (Cardiff Met) and Floren Scrafton (Westbury Harriers) took individual victory at the fifth Gwent Cross Country League meeting of the season on Saturday. 

Full results can be found here 

Welsh Athletics Shot In The Dark Open - Saturday 2nd March - NIAC, Cardiff

Patrick Swan (Cornwall; Mo Pearson) recorded a new Shot Put Lifetime Best of 16.54m at the Shot In The Dark Open in NIAC on Saturday. There was aso a Season's Best of 16.11m (SP6K) for Aled Davies (Cardiff; Ryan Spencer-Jones), whilst Kyron Duke (DSW Para Academy; Anthony Hughes) recorded a Lifetime Best of 12.74m (SP4K).

Full results can be found here

Cambridge Half Marathon - Sunday 3rd March

Michael Kallenberg (Cardiff; Steve Jones) showed a return to form as he stormed to victory at the Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday morning. The Cardiff man hasn't raced since late January but he clocked a new Lifetime Best of 1:06:40 in Cambridge on Sunday for a comprehensive victory. 

NAIA National Championships - Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd March - South Dakota, USA

Emily Kearney (Wirral; Ronan Kearney) won the double at the NAIA National Championships in South Dakota, first taking the 3,000m title in a Lifetime Best of 9:30 before winning the 5,000m in 17:27.