Championship Packed Weekend with Stellar Performances from Courtney-Bryant, Hunt & Azu
24/02/2020 00:00, In Blog /
Welsh Athletics Cross Country Championships, Pembrey – Feb 22
Pembrey Country Park provided some windy conditions for the Welsh Cross Country Championships last Saturday but conditions underfoot remained excellent.
James Hunt ran a dominant race to take the Welsh senior title whilst Mel Wilkins was a convincing women’s winner, going one better than her silver medal spot from 12 months ago.
Dominic Smith ran solidly to claim the U20 men’s title. There was a brave attempt by Lloyd Sheppard to run away from Osian Perrin in the U17 men’s race. It was Perrin however that timed his bid for glory perfectly to retain his title here.
Samia Jones overcame last year’s U17 Champion Ashleigh Willis to claim the U17 title and to win the combined U17 / U20 women’s race outright. Martha Owen took the U20 honours.
There were victories for local club Carmarthen Harriers courtesy of Frank Morgan and Iwan Thomas in the U15 and U13 boys respectively. Jessica Evans took the U15 girls title with Beca Haf Bown taking the title in the U13 girls.
British Athletics Indoor Championships, Glasgow – Feb 22-23
Over the weekend some of the top British athletes battled it out up in Glasgow including some of Wales’ strongest.
Fresh off her quick season opener, Melissa Courtney-Bryant took the gold medal in the 3000m in 9:48.54, showing great form on the track.
Sam Gordon and Joe Brier both negotiated their way through the rounds to take the silver medal in the 60m and 400m finals respectively.
Adele Nicoll showed good form, throwing a new personal best to take the bronze medal in the Shot Put in 16.19m. Over in the sand, Sarah Abrams, after setting a new personal best last month, jumped her way into a bronze medal.
Michael Ward ran a new season’s best of 8:10.31 to finish 3rd in the men's 3000m, ahead of Ieuan Thomas and Jonny Hopkins who finished 6th and 8th respectively.
There were also some strong performances by Mica Moore who just missed out on a medal position finishing in 4th in the 60m final and 5th in the 200m final. James Heneghan ran a difficult 1500m final finishing in 4th place.
England Athletics U15/U17/U20 Championships, Sheffield – Feb 22-23
Some of Wales’ young athletes made the journey up to Sheffield to compete at the England Athletics Championships with many strong performances.
Jeremiah Azu looked strong as he took joint gold with Henry Nwoke in the U20 60m final. As did U15 Osian Roberts who matched his Welsh title by taking the win at the England Athletics Championships.
Pole Vaulters William Trott and Isabel Thomas both gave a great performance, finishing 2nd in the U17 Pole Vault competitions.
Off the back of his dominant Welsh win, Jacob Reynolds came home in 2nd in the 1500m final. Whilst brother Benjamin Reynolds also showed strength running into the bronze medal position in the U20 1500m final.
U20 David Locke matched his impressive 800 Welsh Senior win last month by finishing 3rd yesterday. The hurdles proved to be a strong event for the Welsh athletes with both U17W Gabby Dickson and U15G Sophie Lisk taking the bronze in their 60mH finals.
There were also some other stand out performances by U20s Patrick Harris in the Shot Put and Emmanuella Kone in the 60m who both finished just outside the medals in 4th place.