British Championships : Preview
This weekend all roads lead to Manchester. With the British Championships and World Trials commencing on Friday, there are a number of Welsh Athletes heading over the boarder (and from all around the World!) to compete for British Titles, spots on the World Championship Team, personal bests and as an opportunity to prepare for the Commonwealth Games.
The championships begin on Friday afternoon with the women’s and men’s 100m heats, where in form Jeremiah Azu (Cardiff) will look to make his mark ahead of the Commonwealth Games. He will line up alongside Sam Gordon (Cardiff), Dewi Hammond (Cardiff), Leon Greenwood (Swansea), Makoye Kampengele (Cardiff) and Arron Owen (Cardiff).
In the women’s race, Welsh 100m Champion and Commonwealth Games bound Hannah Brier (Swansea) will look to continue her fine form as she goes up Shannon Malone (Thames Valley) and Mica Moore (Cardiff). Also entered is Emanuella Kone (Cardiff), Hannah Williams (Bristol and West) and Issie Tustin (Cardiff).
The evening will also be the start of the women’s and men’s 400m races, with both heats set to take place. In the women’s event, Amy Odunaiya (Wrexham) is set to compete, as is Sian Harry (Belgrace) and Ffion Roberts (Cardiff). Olympian Joe Brier (Swansea) leads the Welsh entries in the men’s 400m and will be joined by Mark Cottam (Bristol and West).
Another loaded event scheduled to get started on Friday night is the men’s 1500m, featuring Olympic finalist Jake Heyward (Cardiff), who will be looking to secure his spot on the World Championships team.
The women’s event will feature 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Melissa Courtney Bryant (Poole), who will also be looking to leave with a spot on the World Championship team. Cari Hughes (Cardiff) is also set to take part.
Also starting their competitions will be Grace Morgan (Cardiff Archers) and Lauryn Davies (Swansea) as they take on the seven events of the heptathlon over two days!
Welsh u20 5000m record holder Osian Perrin (Menai) will be looking for a podium in the u20 men’s 3,000m as he will line up with Byan Woodall (Colwyn Bay).
Saturday will see the women’s javelin final, with Hollie Arnold (Blackheath and Bromley) and Bethany Moule (Swansea) set to compete.
In the men’s 110m hurdles, Tom Wilcock (Northampton) looks set to compete, whilst Caryl Granville (Swansea) will line up in the women’s 400m hurdles.
One of the events of the weekend, the men’s 800m, will see James Heneghan (Pontypridd) step to the start line, whilst in the women’s event, Rachel McClay (Bracknell) is set to participate.
In the men’s 100m ambulant event, Rhys Jones (Rhondaa) will look to put his best foot forward, whilst in the men’s pole vault, Thomas Walley (Wrexham) will be looking to go high!
The men’s shot put will feature Aled Davies (Cardiff) as he prepares for the Commonwealth Games, and he will be joined by Patrick Swan (Cornwall), Adam Phillips (Bournemouth) and Daniel Cork (Newport).
Heading for his second Commonwealth Games, Jonny Hopkins (Swansea) will continue his preparations as he goes in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase.
The women’s long jump will feature Olivia Breen (Portsmouth) who will be finalising her preparations for the Commonwealth Games. Rebecca Chapman (Cardiff) will also be in action. Going to his third Commonwealth Games this summer, Osian Jones (Liverpool) will look to make his mark in the men’s hammer throw, as will Jac Palmer (Cardiff).
The women’s 5,000m will see Commonwealth Games bound Jenny Nesbitt (Cardiff) and Charlotte Arter (Cardiff) continue their preparations, and they will be joined by Beth Kidger (Brighton) and Emily Kearney (Wirral).
Sunday will see another Commonwealth Games athlete in action, as Adele Nicoll (Birchfield) is set to feature in the women’s shot. They come thick and fast, as whilst Adele is competing, two more team members will be making their way around the track in the women’s 5,000m race walk, as both Bethan Davies (Cardiff) and Heather Lewis (Pembrokeshire). They will also be joined by Gracie Griffiths (Pembrokeshire).
Aled Davies (Cardiff) will be in action again, this time in the men’s discus, and he will be joined by Harrison Walsh (Swansea), also bound for this years games.
The men’s and women’s 200m is set to take place on the final day and will see Jeremiah Azu (Cardiff) and Hannah Brier (Cardiff) compete.
Going over the barriers, Welsh Record holder Kate Seary (Cardiff) will look to make a splash.
Also making her Commonwealth Games debut, Amber Simpson (Deeside) will look to continue her good form in the women’s hammer.
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