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Weekend Round-Up (24th & 25th February)

European XC Club Champs

26/02/2024 00:00, In Blog /

ISTAF Indoor 2024 - World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver – Berlin, February 23

Newly crowned British Indoor 60m Champion Jeremiah Azu was in action at the ISTAF Indoor 2024 - World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver event in Berlin on Friday.

In the second men’s 60m heat of the evening, Azu finished runner-up to Cameroon’s Emanuel Eseme in a time of 6.60, which earned him a place in the final.

Lining up in lane two for the final, the Cardiff Athletics man was well in contention for the win approaching the half-way stage when he suddenly clutched his left hamstring.

Azu immediately powered down and jogged gingerly over the line in 9.11 behind Eseme, who claimed the win in a new national record of 6.55.

This concluded the World Indoor Tour and Jeremiah Azu claimed the 60m title.


BUCS Indoor Championships – Sheffield, February 23/24/25

Welsh athletes were among the medals at the BUCS Indoor Championships at the English Institute of Sport.

Day one saw Tom Wilcock (Northampton AC/Loughborough University) claim a silver medal in a new personal best time of 7.79.

The women’s 200m on the third day of competition saw Hannah Longden (Cardiff Athletics/UWE Bristol) claim a silver medal in 23.74.

And there was another silver in the men’s 1500m for Justin Davies, of Team Bath, who stopped the clock in 3:55.99.

Cardiff Met’s men’s and women’s relay teams both won bronze medals in their respective 4x200m finals. The men clocked 1:27.64, while the women registered 1:41.76.


European Clubs Cross Country Championships – Albufeira, Portugal, February 25

Teams from Swansea Harriers and Les Croupiers were taking part in the European Cross Country Championships in Portugal on Sunday.

Competing in the senior men’s race, Swansea’s Dafydd Jones claimed a top 50 finish as he came home in 49th place overall, completing the 9.13k course in 30:03.

Next home for Swansea was World Championship marathoner Josh Griffiths, who clocked 30:16 for 73rd place. Dominic Smith was third to finish in 80th place, stopping the clock in 31:34.

The Swansea Harriers senior men's team crossed the line in 20th position.

In the senior women’s race, which was run over the same distance, the first Les Croupiers finisher was Lucy Marland, who crossed the line in 37:18 to claim 56th place overall.

Alaw Evans finished just three places behind in 37:33 with Louise Flynn claiming 66th position in 37:55.

The senior women's team from Les Croupiers were 17th overall and the 1st British team across the line.


Llanelli Half Marathon and 10K – Llanelli, February 25

Caryl Edwards (Swansea Harriers) followed up her success at the Welsh Cross Country Championships the previous weekend to win the women’s race at the Llanelli Half Marathon on Sunday.

Edwards, a multiple winner of the race, led the way once again as she crossed the finishing line in 1:16.21. The Commonwealth Games marathoner finished almost eight minutes ahead of Steph Gibson (Tri Hard Harriers), who clocked 1:24.18. Lucy Richards (Pembrokeshire Harriers) was third in 1:24.24.

The men’s race was won in 1:05.27 by Kadar Omar (Birchfield Harriers) ahead of Adam Bull (Pontypridd Roadents), who completed the course in 1:08.54. Michael Roderick (Tri Hard Harries) claimed the last of the podium places in 1:09.52 as more than 800 athletes finished the race.

The 10k race was won by Lee Ladd (Unattached) in 38:36, ahead of Simon Madigan (Unattached) in 38:51. Andy McCall (Amman Valley Harriers) was third in 39:08.

Bethan Jones (Tri Potential) was triumphant in the women’s race crossing the line in 39:59, ahead of Millie Thorne (Swansea Harriers) in 42:18 and Katy Griffiths (Bridgend AC) in 43:13.


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